Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians’ message to Antonio Brown upon signing
A year ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — led by head coach Bruce Arians — wanted no involvement with the troubled wide receiver in Antonio Brown, who was in the middle of his shaky free-agency situation.
A few days ago, the entire organization had a change of mind and gave an opportunity to the seven-time Pro Bowler to be able to prove himself to the rest of the league. Arians, though, had a few words to say upon signing the veteran wideout, as per Dov Kleiman.
Jay Glazer says that Bruce Arians' message to Antonio Brown is: "Be a team player, or be gone."
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 25, 2020
Both sides recently agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract to secure Brown’s services for the remainder of the year. The agreement was also incentive-laden where the receiver can earn an extra $750,000 if the Buccaneers successfully win the Super Bowl title by the end of the 2020 NFL season.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was vocal in his recruitment efforts for Brown to come over and play for Tampa Bay. The two previously became teammates in New England with the Patriots where Brown only had a short stint highlighted by a lone performance against the Miami Dolphins.
Off-field issues became the primary reason why the Central Michigan product was eventually booted out of Foxborough. Now given a chance to redeem himself, Brown simply has to put his focus on playing football and push the unnecessary shenanigans on the side.
The mercurial receiver is expected to make his long-awaited comeback in Week 9 as the Buccaneers host the division rival New Orleans Saints. Hopefully, Brown will be able to abide to Arians’ words in order for him to have an eventful tenure in Tampa Bay.