Report: Bucs, Antonio Brown aren’t close on deal

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Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said this week that the team has made offers to wide receiver Antonio Brown and will “see how it goes” in terms of bringing him back for the 2021 season.

As of now, it doesn’t appear to be going in the direction of a reunion.

On Thursday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reported that there were discussions this week beween the two sides, but they haven’t resulted in progress toward a deal. Per the report, the two sides are not close in terms of how much money Brown would make this year.

Brown made $2 million while playing half the season for the Buccaneers last year. He caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season and eight catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs.

Brown has heard from other teams as well, but the lack of a deal suggests no one is throwing the desired amount of money Brown’s way in free agency.

70 responses to “Report: Bucs, Antonio Brown aren’t close on deal

  1. You have to consider last season as basically starting from scratch for Brown. That said, he can’t get “old AB” money for putting together a 500 yard season.

  2. If you’ve gotten positive play and no real off the field issues with Brown, fold your hand and walk away from the table. Get out while the getting is good.

  3. Humphries and Hunter Henry were better FA choices that I was hoping TampaBrady would of brought onboard.

    Would of been awesome converting Henry to WR – What a line up for a Defense to face coming off the line – Gronk, Howard, Evans, Godwin, Henry, Miller, Fournette

  4. The Bucs should actually tell him that they DON’T want him back. Brady and the Bucs throw him a lifeline and he gets a SB win out of it, and NOW he wants to play hardball? Fine AB, walk. IMO, he was the least important of the eight key players they wanted to re-sign. I think that his production will be the easiest to replace, with Fournette coming in a close second.

  5. Of course they’re far apart. Brown has the talent of an elite #1 wide receiver, and just played on a “prove it” contract and arguably, well, proved it. He looked fantastic. He probably wants #1 receiver money.

    But for the Bucs, he’s a #3 receiver who has a court case in December that could possibly result in him not being available for the playoffs. What GM would ever agree to invest heavily in that?

    I still kind of think he’ll end up a Buccaneer, though. With the lower cap he’s not going to get big dollars anywhere, and I think other GMs know that Tom Brady may be the only QB that can keep AB’s behavior from being a distraction.

  6. As opposed to what? The 0 other teams that are vying for his drama fueled presence. TB is the only one that can keep this clown in order.

  7. He can go I would much rather have Larry Fitzgerald as a veteran back up or starter in 3 wide sets.

  8. The important thing for him, is to keep a low profile, whatever the team he goes to, and make the best of him on the field.

  9. “He looked fantastic. He probably wants #1 receiver money.”
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    45 catches for 483 yards isn’t going to get him #1 receiver money.

  10. Translation: He wants more money than anyone is willing to give him.

    At this point he should probably just realize he’s not going to get that type of money and be happy he can get anything. He didn’t exactly set the world on fire last year. That said, he could benefit from a team that needs a #1. The problem is who is going to trust him to not repeat what he did with the Raiders? He has so many red flags I just don’t see many teams being interested in him at all. He only has one person to blame for that–himself. Maybe he should have thought about how he was wrecking his career while he was going crazy. He didn’t and now he’s not going to make anywhere near the amount of money he could have had he not gone off the rails. The Bucs might be the best place for him because it seems TB can keep this guy from going nuts.

  11. That’s frustrating for Brady. Everything he’s done for this guy, he got him a Super Bowl ring and single handedly rebuilt AB’s rep… but sure, go play for the 6-10 Jaguars and we’ll all point and laugh when by week 8 the dumpster is on fire again.

    Some guys just never learn. Being in Tampa for a little LESS money will ultimately make him MORE money in the long term as he’ll play with TB until TB retires and then probably get another contract somewhere else.

    I would love to tell him this but you know what they say about advice: “Wise men don’t need it and fools won’t take it”.

  12. The problem is thus, AB is broke, we all know it. He can’t play for 2-3 mil, he needs 10mil just to pay for the stuff he has already bought.

  13. Appreciated AB’s efforts last season. Hope he comes back but if he gets a better offer and takes it I won’t be bitter toward him. He is a free agent and football careers are short.

  14. Remember Alec Baldwin’s character from Glengarry Glen Ross? “Hit the bricks, pal, and beat it, ’cause you are going out!”

  15. Out of all the FA’s, AB was the least important to bring back. The Bucs are stacked at WR. They also don’t need the potential drama this guys brings especially with that court case looming. I would rather see Scotty Miller and Travis Johnson get more playing time than have this ticking time bomb on the squad. He got his, it worked out for us for one season but let’s get out while we’re ahead.

  16. baldbuc says:
    April 1, 2021 at 12:46 pm
    Out of all the FA’s, AB was the least important to bring back. The Bucs are stacked at WR. They also don’t need the potential drama this guys brings especially with that court case looming. I would rather see Scotty Miller and Travis Johnson get more playing time than have this ticking time bomb on the squad. He got his, it worked out for us for one season but let’s get out while we’re ahead.

    I hope you mean Tyler Johnson. I think he can be a solid #3 if healthy. He was hampered by a nagging hamstring injury that pretty much cost him the first half of the season. He had a few big time catches in the postseason. No need bringing AB back when they’re 4 deep at WR with Evans, Godwin, Johnson and Miller. I’d bring in Fitzgerald to mentor the young guys and finally let Fitzy get a ring before retiring.

  17. Now that Brady has a good working relationship with the other WRs, I doubt he will be urging the Bucs to come up with the kind of money Brown wants. IF Brown could behave himself, and that’s a gargantuan IF, he’d be better off with a team that needs a #1. He’s unlikely ever to be a #1 in Tampa Bay. But what team wants to take Brown at this point? The contract language would have to have a couple of dozen outs for the team. I don’t envy Brown’s agent having to explain the facts of life to him.

  18. What exactly was AB expecting? He was lucky to get a contract and therefore a ring. Tom Brady had to put the hard word on him and make AB realise he was draining the glass in the Last Chance Saloon. Sign it or don’t. I doubt the Bucs care at this point.

  19. mogogo1 says:
    April 1, 2021 at 11:36 am
    “He looked fantastic. He probably wants #1 receiver money.”
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    45 catches for 483 yards isn’t going to get him #1 receiver money.

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    That was playing only 8 games and getting back into game shape.

    Not saying he deserves #1 money…he does’nt.

    But full season projected to approx. 90,1000,8

  20. He hasnt heard from any other teams either. TB12 wanted him NOBDY else would touch the guy. Cut him and move on already.

  21. AB should be glad they’re even offering him a contract because Tyler Johnson can replace him and they have Miller, too.

  22. Brown is lucky to even be in the NFL. He has a way to high of an opinion of his value. He should have never left Pittsburgh.

  23. The Bucs have quality receivers and not bringing back Brown isn’t a major loss for them, but it seemed that Brady looked at Brown as his #1 option near the end of the year and in the playoffs. He’s still a quality WR and, but for his antics, would be in high demand.

    If John Harbaugh can get some assurances that he will be committed to football, I can see the Ravens bringing him in for a year at a salary a reasonable salary. Hollywood Brown is his cousin and he apparently has a good relationship with Lamar, so it may work out for everyone, especially since the Ravens have not been rebuffed by most WRs.

  24. mogogo1 says:
    April 1, 2021 at 11:36 am
    “He looked fantastic. He probably wants #1 receiver money.”
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    45 catches for 483 yards isn’t going to get him #1 receiver money.
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    Did you consider those stats didn’t start until AB was reinstated for game 9 and he wasn’t on the field as often as the other receivers?

  25. Who wants him? With a trial in December and all the prep work leading up thereto, including depositions, how many games will he play let alone the loss of practice and film time?

  26. AB is still one of the most talented WR’s in the league. Assuming ultimately that injuries will occur, having AB in the team is a huge net gain for the Bucs. AB would do well to keep his mouth shut, stay off the internet, accept the offer from TB and have a huge year in 2021.

  27. I hope you mean Tyler Johnson.
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    Yes, I meant Tyler just like the Lighting forward. Travis Johnson was an FSU bust DE. I got my Johnson’s mixed up. 🙂 Good points btw.

  28. AB was a pleasant surprise to me. His route running was amazing and he was a great teammate. At this point though, it’s probably time to let him go. If he were to have no real choice but to accept the Buc’s offer, that great attitude could go south quickly. The last thing the Bucs need is a disgruntled AB. Probably time for both parties to move on.

  29. The Bucs had all of the pieces they needed before they signed him. I don’t think that any team wants to pay him what he’s probably asking.

  30. “45 catches for 483 yards isn’t going to get him #1 receiver money.”

    It isn’t but when you take into account that he only please 8 games you have to double those numbers to 90 catchse, 966 yards and 8 touchdowns, which is approaching #1 numbers . . . not quite there but approaching . . . also have to factor in that he joined the team mid season, was new to the offense and was not the #1 or #2 option on most plays. He still has talent to offer, is a complete idiot but can still run and catch the ball.

    I hope nobody takes a flier on this bozo, he didn’t deserve to be reinstated, if it wasn’t to go play for Tom Brady I doubt the NFL lets him come back.

  31. studlysmartguy says:
    April 1, 2021 at 11:13 am
    Of course they’re far apart. Brown has the talent of an elite #1 wide receiver, and just played on a “prove it” contract and arguably, well, proved it. He looked fantastic. He probably wants #1 receiver money.

    //////

    Idk what you were watching, he proved he’s got some play left in him, prolly considering the offers, closer to a 3rd or 4th receiver

    He didn’t prove he was a 1, barely proved he is a 3. He got totally shut down for the post season. He was not good at all. His number 1 days are long long gone. He’s not getting more than 4 mill a year. And that would be hitting the lottery, otherwise he can “prove” it in the xfl, or at home. Clearly he’s a powder keg waiting to explode… give it a month or 2. He can’t behave

  32. nhpats2011 says:
    April 1, 2021 at 2:19 pm
    AB is still one of the most talented WR’s in the league.

    /////

    Grandpa time for some glasses, idk what guy you were watching, he’s not even top 20.

    Remember Tom brady is known for spreading the ball, brown will drop off, or pop off, and not in the good way

  33. Christopher Allan says:
    April 1, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    mogogo1 says:
    April 1, 2021 at 11:36 am
    “He looked fantastic. He probably wants #1 receiver money.”
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    45 catches for 483 yards isn’t going to get him #1 receiver money.
    _________________________________________
    Did you consider those stats didn’t start until AB was reinstated for game 9 and he wasn’t on the field as often as the other receivers?

    13 3 Rate This

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    Did you consider that he had Tom brady and the highest powered offense playing in several shooting out like games during the stretch.

    He isn’t a one. Get real. Watch him with anther team. He isn’t awful, but he’s def not a top wide out.

    Consider Brandon Lloyd went for close to 1000 with TB12, and never did it anywhere else.

  34. I am sure he is asking for way to much money. It is all about production and sorry but it is not like he set the NFL on fire last year.

  35. Just 4 some real stats to back this up, he had 2 games in 3 weeks against the 4-12 falcons, he had meh game vs detroit. He had a decent game against the 3-8 Panthers.

    Held to 80 yards over 4 games in the post season against better defenses.

    If anyone pays him…. Any guaranteed money to be a wr, they need to be fired on the spot. Sorry. Thats reality. Thats what teams see. Alot of smoke and mirrors. If he can go a full year without being arrested., maybe. Doubtful. Draft him on fantasy though, ill happily allow it

  36. jgwatson0209

    Credit to you, i wish i could have said it better. Bozo with talent to offer, but not worth any real money…

    ESPECIALLY SINCE THE CAP IS SO LOW YOU BEST SPEND WISELY.

  37. Million dollar talent, but a 10 cent head. No team is going to make him the highest paid WR in the league anymore. Raiders backed the Brink’s truck up for Brown and look what he did.

  38. A lot of teams won’t touch him no matter the price for the potential PR nightmare that ownership doesn’t want to endure. Besides Tampa Bay, look for some of the moral-less teams like Kansas City, Seattle (who has no real owner and Russ doesn’t care about that he is a blight on society and it will make Russ happy), Rams have no cap space and if they could get him cheap, would say the Raiders and Pats but I think AB already burned those bridges, Cowboys Jerry’s type of player, Giants with their pull could eliminate any suspension, and probably a few other teams like the Texans which is a fully engulfed dumpster fire might not even notice AB.

  39. Talk about ungrateful! If dawn of reality is coming, if he doesn’t sign by draft time, I say move on.

  40. Highly doubt AB will sign anywhere before the draft.

    The rules on compensatory picks means that if you acquire somebody else’s free agent more than something like ~1.7million then they count against the acquiring teams net free agent signings that determine compensatory picks.

    Since it’s fair to assume that no matter how crazy-or-sane today’s AB is, he wants to get paid. Because of these rules, he’s not going to get any fantastic offers until after the free agent signing window ends. Which is usually late april early may (not sure of date this year).

    So say if the seahawks want to take some of the cap space they freed with the lockett extension and bring in AB as another wilson target, unlikely they’re going to make an offer prior to this window closing. They already know nobody else has signed him, so like most free agents still on market they’re gonna be waiting a bit longer. And holding onto whatever comp picks they’ve earned in 2021 FA.

  41. I remember Latrell Sprewell turning down 21 million because he had to feed his family…then he went broke.

  42. I want the Bucs to re-sign him simply for the fact that I don’t want him in Seattle. Russ wants him badly. AB was one of the reasons I found it hard to root for the Bucs in the Super Bowl.

  43. With all the legal bills this chump has, he can’t afford a home town rate. I cant wait to see his crying for HOF consideration once he is out of the NFL. Terrell Owens 2.0

  44. If Brown doesn’t settle for less somewhere ,he may not be seeing an NFL field at all this year.

  45. Get the impression that he only wants to play with Brady and the Bucs know this and are using it as leverage. Or he would have signed elsewhere.

  46. It must be difficult for Brown’s agent to explain to AB that after destroying his image for years, no team is going to pay him big money or give a long deal. If Brown were smart, he’d sign an incentive laden deal. He and Tom Brady have a great rapport on the field and Tom trusts him, so the targets will be there.

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