Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was asked in March about the possibility of signing WR Antonio Brown. At the time, Arians told reporters it was “not gonna happen.” Clearly, there has been a change of heart, as the Bucs signed Brown to a one-year, $1.416mil salary.
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The deal reunites Brown with quarterback Tom Brady. Brady and Brown played one game together with the New England Patriots. In that one game, Brown caught 4 receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. Brown joins a receiving corps that has struggled with injury and consistency. Chris Godwin has missed 4 games already due to injury, and Mike Evans and Scott Miller have been unable to string together 3 or 4 solid outings.
On Tuesday, the Bucs officially activated Brown. When asked about Brown’s expected availability and involvement, Arians was not exactly sure:
Bucs’ HC Bruce Arians on Antonio Brown’s role Sunday night vs. Saints: “He’ll have his role – it could be 10 plays [or] it could be 35 plays. I wouldn’t anticipate 60 plays, for sure, but we’ll just see how it goes.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 3, 2020
There is no shortage of Instagram posts from Brown and Brady about their friendship and desire to play together. Brown has not played in a game since September 15th of last year. The Bucs continue their method of signing any and everyone they can as they try to stay near the top of the NFC.