Ever since it was announced that he would become eligible after Week 8 to sign with a team, the rumors have been flying about Antonio Brown landing with the Bucs. Now it has the potential to come to fruition.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter as well as Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle have reported that free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown is set to visit the Bucs on Sunday along with the Seattle Seahawks.

There’s no question that Brown is one of the most talented receivers to play the game. He is a four-time first team All-Pro, seven-time pro bowler, and made the 2010 all-decade team. Brown has twice led the league in receiving yards and receptions, while also leading the NFL in touchdowns in 2018 on the way to a career stat line of 841 catches, 11,263 yards and 75 touchdowns.

Brown has had a tumultuous run over the past two years in the NFL that were mostly self-inflicted. It has given him a reputation as a player that can cause many unwanted distractions in the locker room.

Brown forced his way off of the Pittsburgh Steelers with a trade, then caused even more issues after signing a lucrative contract with the Raiders that led to his release before the start of last season. His next move was signing with the New England Patriots where he played one game with Tom Brady in Week 2 of 2019, making four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

A week later the Patriots cut him and then Brown was a subject of an investigation from the NFL for two sexual assault accusations along with a battery and burglary arrest.

The NFL suspended Brown for the first eight weeks of the season, which bring us up to speed to this report.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians

Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

There’s been a well-documented friendship between Brown and Bucs’ quarterback Tom Brady stemming from the brief time they were teammates together in New England before Brown’s release.

When Brady came to Tampa, it was the thought that he would lobby to bring his friend to Tampa Bay, but Bruce Arians quickly put the lid in on that back in March, saying he would not be a good fit here.

Whatever it took to have a change of heart, Brown would add to a stacked receiving unit in Tampa Bay. The Bucs already have pro bowl wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, along with Scotty Miller, who’s speed has turned him into a downfield threat.

With that said, Evans and Godwin have both been bothered by hamstring injuries this season while Miller has had to deal with hip and groin injuries of his own. Adding a player of Brown’s caliber of talent would be an enormous addition to the depth on the roster that is very rare to find at this point of the season should he decide to sign with the Bucs.

Pewter Report will continue to update the situation as it unfolds.

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9 months ago

100 bucks says they sign him because Brady wants him and Licht caves.

Last edited 9 months ago by PatrioticChief
9 months ago

Yes he is talented, but he seems a stark contrast to the culture Arians has tried to build since he has been here.

Art Penn
9 months ago

Chiefs just landed Leveon Bell to load up for another superbowl run. If the Bucs can land Brown for short money Brady will guarantee a ring run this year as he has uncanny chemistry with Brady from his short time in New England. AB can shore up the slot with scotty and can literally play any receiving position to fill in when Evans and Godwin are nursing injuries( which has been all freaking season so far). BA just do this and lets get a couple of rings.

9 months ago

He’s here

9 months ago

It’s already confirmed. A 1 year deal. Super bowl or bust is a hell of a motto for this year. I couldn’t even put this kind of team together on madden. Just when you think 2020 can’t surprise you even more.

9 months ago

He’s a cancer. Please god don’t do it! BA had it right back in March. BA basically said he wouldn’t take him for free. That should have spoke volumes. He’s going to ruin the chemistry of this team. Absolutely hate the move

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9 months ago

I’m not huge on this either. However, evans and Godwin are banged up so we will see how it plays out. I like miller and johnson a lot. Johnson is Godwin type we and is getting better every week.. Antonio is probably on a very very short leash and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s released. But we also only have Brady this year and next so it’s clearly a win now move. I’m not jazzed by this at all. I am however going to give it time and am confident in the lions we have in the locker room.… Read more »

9 months ago

I would avoid Antonio Brown like the plague. He has that disease from being hit to many times and does not know it. a Psycho in the making.He is worst..than the corona virus! Now watch chaos start with his me, me, me..antics. Is there no shame in our game?
Deyammit man!

9 months ago

Brady just wants a healthy WR and guys who get hit in the helmet catch a ball.

9 months ago

It’s done. AB is a Buc per Jenna Laine. Bucs now have four former all pros at receiver (Gronk, Godwin, AB and Evans)

9 months ago

It’s funny how a little time and a lot of talent can create a whole lot of amnesia. The drama and the charges are terrible, but if this locker room and an incintive leaden contract can make him show up and just play ball, all of a sudden we should be able to have 2 great receiving threats on the field at all times through injuries or whatever. I mean, purely going on talent he could make this receiving corp even more unstoppable than they already are when healthy, not to mention allows anyone who’s injured to actually take time… Read more »

9 months ago

Signed sealed and delivered for 1 year. Eligible to play Week 9 against the Saints. If this works out, what a great move. Just in time for the push to the playoffs.

9 months ago

Let’s hope AB is a bit humbled and perhaps regretful of his behavior since departing the Steelers. If not, nothing lost…….he’ll be released and his career will be over. I’m guessing he knows that.