Bucs G.M.: “No risk” in adding Antonio Brown

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Receiver Antonio Brown makes his debut tonight with his fourth NFL team. And the Buccaneers see the potential for high reward, and little risk. Or as the case may be no risk.

“It’s an opportunity that we’re giving him, another opportunity, but it’s a one-year deal and if it doesn’t work, there’s no risk,” G.M. Jason Licht told Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. “No risk.”

Brown has gotten the message that he’s on a one-strike arrangement.

“[Brown and coach Bruce Arians] had a very candid conversation and I don’t want to paraphrase,” Licht said. “But Bruce said to me, ‘He’ll be good.'”

On the field, the Buccaneers think he’ll possibly be great.

“He’s just so explosive and sudden and so much stronger than he looks,” Licht said. “If you saw him in a grocery store, you wouldn’t think he’s a seven-time Pro Bowler. But man, he’s very strong, great hands, super explosive.”

Look for plenty of Brown on Sunday night.

“I expect him to be out there and he’s picked things up very quickly,” Licht said.

Brown likely has picked things up quickly because he’s been working and living with quarterback Tom Brady. The Bucs have tried to dance around the extent to which Brown’s signing had been planned in advance, but it’s possible if not likely that everyone involved knew this was coming for months and that Brady and Brown had been working together for months.

Although Brady has characterized his decision to invite Brown into the home Brady has rented from Derek Jeter as an act of goodwill, charity, and altruism, the inescapable truth is this: Brown helps Brady get to where Brady wants to go. If Brown didn’t or couldn’t assist Brady’s broader quest, Brown wouldn’t be living with Brady, Brown wouldn’t be on Brady’s team, and Brown wouldn’t have been working out with Brady for weeks if not months before officially becoming a teammate.

Put simply, Brown helps Brady get a seventh Super Bowl ring, one that Brady can then show to Bill Belichick.

Right after Brady slides it over his middle finger.

15 responses to “Bucs G.M.: “No risk” in adding Antonio Brown

  1. Belichick’s adherence to the “BB12 diet” which strictly restricts decent WR intake has caught up to him, especially since he’s also suffering form vitamin QB & TE deficiency. Meanwhile in Tampa, the TB12 method is definitely all about WR loading or could this be gluttony?

  2. MortimerInMiami says:
    November 8, 2020 at 10:10 am
    Without BB Brady is an average QB


    That is comedy gold.

  3. Real friends lift each other up. Brady is a true friend. He looks after his teammates. I remember the exchange between him and Tim Tebow worrying about their problematic teammates like Brandon Spikes and trying to help them. Brady offered his home to Brown too when they’re with the Patriots. Maybe Brady sees Brown as a troubled person who has great and rare potential but needs help and guidance in life and that he can help. Greatness fulfilled in sports and other endeavors is a triumph worth pursuing. Brady is not shallow and petty about Bill Belichick, nor about anyone. Just accept that he’s just a nice person raised by good parents, something not everyone is lucky to have.

  4. I wonder if Brady would be putting similar numbers up with that dangerous arsenal of weapons in New England. I suspect that talented stable of receivers would put on their diva masks claiming they aren’t seeing their fair share of targets. The ‘trade me’ requests would be deafening.

  5. MortimerInMiami says:
    November 8, 2020 at 10:10 am
    Without BB Brady is an average QB.
    Brady is on pace to throw for 40 TDs/8 INTs and 4,400 yards this season, so there is that.

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