Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians speaks out on owing it to his players to sign Antonio Brown
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said he owed it to his players to sign wideout Antonio Brown.
Arians admitted that he changed his mind about Brown given where the team is in the season.
“I know everybody wants to say Tom Brady lobbied us to get this done,” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians told Peter King of Football Morning in America.
“Tom Brady lobbied me back in, gosh, June, July, August. I said no. It didn’t fit then,” Bruce Arians said. “Now, we’re in the hunt. I owe it to the rest of my players — if there’s a guy that fits our salary cap cheap, who’s a Pro Bowl-type player, let’s bring him on our squad. Who says he has to start? I mean, we just got another Pro Bowl player to put in if one of those guys go down. A.B. brings another dynamic to our team that we don’t have. I owe it to the rest of our players to put the best team out there possible. I don’t foresee any problems. I don’t anticipate any situation where he and I are gonna have a problem. He knows that if there is, it’s a very short-lived contract.”
The Buccaneers and Arians are 5-2 on the season after defeating the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 7. Antonio Brown will join a Buccaneers’ offense led by Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller.
The Buccaneers face the Giants in Week 8. Brown will be eligible to play in Week 9 versus the New Orleans Saints. Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich can open up the playbook once AB joins the team m
Arians knows that Brown was one of the best players of the last decade. AB has career numbers of 841 receptions for 11,263 yards and 75 touchdowns.