Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians denies Tom Brady involvement in Antonio Brown signing
With his suspension coming to an end in the coming weeks, free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown is jobless no more, and Bruce Arians knows it. It was recently revealed that the troubled pass catcher would be signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Brown will now be reunited with his former New England Patriots teammate in veteran quarterback Tom Brady.
While Brady and Antonio Brown immediately clicked during the latter’s brief stint as a member of the Patriots last season, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has since insisted that the future Pro Football Hall of Fame signal caller had absolutely nothing to do with the team’s decision to add some additional fire power at the wide receiver position.
In fact, Arians credited himself and Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht for choosing to bring Antonio Brown to Tampa Bay.
Bruce Arians on Antonio Brown: "Tom had nothing to do with this. This is something Jason (Licht) and I have been talking about for some time.''
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) October 25, 2020
With the surging Buccaneers defeating the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 7, Tampa Bay will now officially enter its bye week in Week 8. Antonio Brown is still suspended through Week 8 as he was initially dealt an eight-game ban by the league, though he will be able to begin ramping up his relationship with the team during the looming bye week — which was something the Buccaneers surely took into consideration prior to landing the free agent wide out.
Antonio Brown, who can’t seem to get out of his own way after stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Raiders and Patriots, was forced to the sideline for the first half of the 2020-21 regular season due to sexual assault allegations that were brought against him, which have yet to be resolved in court.