The day Antonio Brown will be ready to make Buccaneers debut, revealed
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Brown would be available to play for the Buccaneers as soon as Week 9 if everything goes smoothly.
Antonio Brown arrives in Tampa tonight, which is Day 1 of his COVID protocol. If all goes well — and AB and the #Bucs expect it to — he’ll sign by the beginning of next week and be ready to play in Week 9 after suspension. The biggest name free agent is on the verge of landing.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2020
Due to the league’s protocols with COVID-19, Brown will need to undergo testing on Friday night. If his testing and everything else is up to standards for the Buccaneers, he’s expected to sign a deal early next week.
Also, the soonest Brown could suit up for Tampa Bay is in Week 9 since he’s serving an eight-game suspension. Back in July, Brown was handed a suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Last September, after signing with the New England Patriots following his release from the Las Vegas Raiders, a sexual-assault investigation was filed on Brown. The investigation, which was initiated by his former trainer, is still ongoing.
Nevertheless, with his suspension imminently concluding, the troubled wideout was beginning to draw interest from teams. Besides the Buccaneers, the Seattle Seahawks have emerged as a team that could pursue the All-Pro wide receiver.
Ever since Tom Brady had success—albeit a small sample size—with Brown on the Patriots, he has been pushing Tampa Bay to bring him to Florida. Similar to last season, it appears Brady is going to be granted his wish of throwing passes to Brown again.
If Brown and the Buccaneers get everything figured out, the former sixth-round pick will be in the lineup in Week 9 versus the New Orleans Saints.