Antonio Brown signing officially announced by Buccaneers
Former Pittsburgh Steelers, then-Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has officially landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to a formal statement released by the NFC South franchise on Tuesday evening, the two sides have indeed come to terms with Brown joining his former Patriots teammate in quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers have also announced that the team has elected to waive outside linebacker Quinton Bell from the active roster in addition to releasing another linebacker in Tegray Scales from the practice squad.
“This is something Jason and I have been talking about every couple weeks, ever since the injuries to our other guys,” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians recently said of the signing of Brown, via the team’s official website. “When the time was right, we would see if we can pull the trigger and fit him into what we wanted to get done. And we’ll see. If Antonio does what I think he’s going to do, he’s going to be fine.”
Even with Brady and Arians already surrounding themselves with a slew of weapons this past offseason, fellow Buccaneers wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have become a bit injury prone with the latter currently nursing a significant setback of his own. With the Buccaneers now appearing to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders in 2020, it seems as though Tampa Bay won’t be taking any chances during this unpredictable campaign.
“It’s an insurance policy,” Arians added, via the team’s official website. “When we don’t have Mike and we don’t have Chris, why not have another Pro Bowl caliber player that’s available and fits everything we need? So why not? We have good players, and you can’t have enough of them. In Chicago, we had one of our top guys out there on one leg. Why not have another one?”
The Buccaneers are red-hot at the moment while most recently dismantling the always dangerous Raiders on the road in Las Vegas.