Bruce Arians: Tom Brady had nothing to do with signing of Antonio Brown

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If you didn’t buy the notion that Tom Brady knew it was fourth down 18 nights ago against the Bears, you definitely won’t by this one.

After Sunday’s blowout win over the Raiders, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians told reporters that Brady didn’t push for the team to sign receiver Antonio Brown.

Tom had nothing to do with this,” Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “This is something [G.M.] Jason [Licht] and I have been talking about for some time.”

Not that long ago, in the grand scheme of things, Arians made it clear that he wanted nothing to do with Brown, at a time when it had been reported that Brady already was agitating for the veteran receiver to join the team.

Brown is now on the team, and Arians is acting like the team made that decision, apparently to avoid reinforcing the impression that Brady has a lot more influence over the roster than any quarterback ever should.

35 responses to “Bruce Arians: Tom Brady had nothing to do with signing of Antonio Brown

  1. Of course Brady has influence on it. How can anyone think otherwise??? Just admit it Bruce.

  2. There’s only one ball and lots of receivers: Evans, Godwin, Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson, Gronk and now Antonio Brown. How will it be when a few receivers start complaining about not getting enough targets? I’m guessing Brown will be the loudest.

  3. Why not just say “as far as skillset goes, obviously every team in the league is looking for someone with Antonio Brown’s ability. Tom has a familiarity with him and put it out there that he’d be happy to work with him again. AB has some off the field issues and we discussed it in house and Jason and I made the decision to give him the opportunity…”

  4. Everyone knows the Bucs are going all in to win a ring in Brady’s last 2 or 3 years. Nobody cares that he has this kind of influence. It is what it is. We can discuss if it was worth it when it doesn’t work out but I can’t blame them for trying. Kinda weird that they lie though. Makes them look worse.

  5. Why even say that to the press, when as you speak, your own mind is aware that every word you are speaking is a lie.

  6. Brady should have complete control of the roster. As far as I can tell, it seems to be working out pretty well with Gronk.

  7. If ANY QB should have a right to push for roster moves it’s Tom Brady. The Patriots starved him out of talent and he still managed to win. B.A. needs to stay in his lane.

  8. deadinbed says:
    October 25, 2020 at 8:02 pm
    BA may be old, but he can still back peddle like a dancer.

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    Back peddle?

    I think you mean backpedal.

  9. Brady went behind aryans back whining and crying and pouting to the owner to supercede aryans decision to sign him. That is what Brady is about.

  10. By BA saying that proves that TB12 had major input on bringing AB in. Bruce has been acting like a child over Tom all year. Yelling at him to prove he’s in control, telling the media that Tom is just a player and I’m the Big Dog coach ect..Arians is embarrassing himself with his last coaching gig. Tom has put Arians the closest he’s EVER come to a ring. Shut up Bruce and enjoy the ride.

  11. ackattack22 says:
    October 25, 2020 at 7:49 pm
    There’s only one ball and lots of receivers: Evans, Godwin, Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson, Gronk and now Antonio Brown. How will it be when a few receivers start complaining about not getting enough targets? I’m guessing Brown will be the loudest.
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    Wrong.

    Every one of those receivers is there to win a ring, bank on it, and they know Tom Brady can get them that. They’ll all shut up and do their jobs.

  12. Arians on March 26 on AB: “Yeah, it’s not gonna happen,” Arians said. “There’s no room. And probably not enough money. But it’s not gonna happen — it’s not a fit here.” No,” Arians said when asked if it was because he didn’t trust what Brown would do for the culture of the team, Arians said, “Yeah, I just know him, and — it’s not a fit in our locker room.

    Of course Tom had nothing to do with Brown coming.

  13. Here’s how this plays out:

    The Bucs don’t win the Super Bowl this year and Arians gets fired. There is a clear power struggle occurring and Arians is cracking already. Bucs bring in a new coach like mcdaniels and that’s a pretty nice little setup they’ll have next year. If they get a new defensive coordinator, I see it possibly being zimmer or fangio, who could be available.

  14. thermanmerman99 says:
    October 25, 2020 at 8:38 pm
    Brady went behind aryans back whining and crying and pouting to the owner to supercede aryans decision to sign him. That is what Brady is about

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    Brady is, and always has been, about winning. That’s it. He’s the best at it that you’ve ever seen.

    You and your ilk are all about crying when he does that because, well, you don’t seem to like it very much.

    Always the predictable hate from the fans of teams Brady whipped over the years. Humorous every time. And it ain’t over yet…

  15. Yea and Brady knew it was 4th down when threw that bomb that lost them the game the other week.

    It was widely reported that Brady was lobbying for Brown in the offseason. It’s not a big news story except when you blatantly lie about it.

  16. thermanmerman99 says:
    October 25, 2020 at 8:38 pm
    Brady went behind aryans back whining and crying and pouting to the owner to supercede aryans decision to sign him. That is what Brady is about.

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    Still hurts huh?

  17. Oh sure… Of course he didn’t.

    Something smells fishy and I don’t think it’s the breeze coming off the Gulf.

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