After an announcement in late April that the Bucs and wide receiver Antonio Brown had agreed to terms on a one-year deal, the former All-Pro pass-catcher officially put pen to paper on the expected contract.
The process of re-signing Brown took longer than expected, after Bruce Arians revealed the 7-time Pro Bowler still needed to pass a physical following a minor knee scope last Tuesday. Arians told the Pewter Report Podcast that it was the first time Brown had ever had surgery in his life. Last week Brown passed the physical without issue, paving the way for the veteran receiver to re-sign in Tampa Bay.
After a year away from the NFL, Brown returned on a one-year deal with Tampa Bay in 2020. Brown joined the Bucs in Week 9 after serving an 8-game suspension and finished the year with 483 yards and four touchdowns on 45 receptions. All of his touchdowns came over the final three games of Tampa Bay’s season.
Bucs WR Antonio Brown – Photo by: USA Today
In the postseason, Brown hauled in another TD in the Bucs’ Wild Card win at Washington, but suffered an injury the next week against the Saints that forced him out of the divisional round game. The injury also kept him out of the NFC Championship Game against the Packer,s but wouldn’t end his playoff run. Returning for Super Bowl LV against Kansas City, Brown had five catches for 22 yards and a touchdown. That score gave the Bucs a 21-6 halftime lead.
With all 22 of the Bucs’ starters returning for 2021, including each of their major offensive weapons and a healthy OJ Howard, Tampa Bay is once again primed to be one of the most dangerous offenses in the league.
In 2020 the Bucs finished second with 30.8 points per game, ninth with 382.5 offensive yards per game, third with 282.5 passing yards per game and third with 3.6 touchdowns per game.