Antonio Brown, Buccaneers “motivated” to strike a deal pushed by Tom Brady
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that receiver Antonio Brown and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will meet on Saturday, and that the two parties are “motivated” to arrive at a deal which could bring Brown onto a roster with Tom Brady, Mike Evans, and Rob Gronkowski.
Sources: Antonio Brown to visit Buccaneers on Saturday, both sides motivated to strike deal: https://t.co/vLATWCctnr
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 23, 2020
Following Wilson’s report, ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that Antonio Brown would meet with the Buccaneers on Saturday. Schefter also expects the Seattle Seahawks to remain in the mix if Tampa Bay doesn’t get a deal finalized.
Of course, Antonio Brown has been unemployed since last September after a sexual-assault investigation was launched on him from a former trainer of his. Despite the case not coming to a final verdict, the NFL has suspended Brown for the first eight weeks of the regular season.
Therefore, with his suspension nearly completed, teams are beginning to express interest in Antonio Brown. And with the Buccaneers moving toward inking a deal with the All-Pro wideout, it’s Tom Brady who is pushing for Tampa Bay to add the talented pass-catcher, per Schefter.
Tom Brady has been a driving force behind Tampa’s interest. Now both sides working to make it happen. https://t.co/rIyKcYN3Mu
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2020
The last time we saw Antonio Brown on an NFL roster, he was catching passes from Brady with the New England Patriots. In his lone game with Brady, he caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.
If the Buccaneers happen to sign Brown, they could have the best wide receiver trio in the NFL with Brown, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin. Not to mention, Tampa Bay also employs Rob Gronkowski, Ronald Jones, Scotty Miller, and Cameron Brate.
The expectation for Brown, if he does sign, is that he’ll be a two-month rental and will be an incentive-laden deal, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Brown is a two-month rental and the belief is it’s a 1-year deal with significant upside for Brown. He comes off his suspension following Week 8. https://t.co/1V0WvNpynE
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2020
Through the first six weeks, the Buccaneers have cemented themselves as playoff contenders in the NFC. If Antonio Brown can add another wrinkle to their offense, Tampa Bay’s offense is going to be nearly impossible to slow down.