Will someone else give Antonio Brown his latest second chance?

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Nothing secures second chances like talent. And Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown still has plenty of it.

So with Brown’s time in Tampa Bay over, will he get another second chance?

If/when the Buccaneers officially release Brown, he’ll be exposed to waivers. Any team can then claim the balance of his 2021 contract. If he clears waivers, he becomes a free agent.

Would someone claim him, or eventually sign him, to boost a playoff run? Would someone claim him for the simple purpose of keeping another team from getting him?

Surely, teams that need receivers would at least consider it. The Chiefs still don’t have a clear No. 2 across from Tyreek Hill, and Andy Reid has no qualms about giving guys second chances. The Packers could be interested, especially if Brown’s discontent with the Bucs would become motivation and focus.

And then there’s the Rams. Because the Rams are always ready to add a big name.

While today’s antics will surely complicate things, teams want to win. With the playoffs looming, any chance that he could help nudge a franchise closer to the top of the mountain — as he did last year in Tampa — should be taken seriously.

If the Bucs take that possibility seriously, they may want to consider their options. If, for example, they suspend him four weeks for conduct detrimental to the team, that could allow the Bucs to be done with him, and also to ensure that no one else could get him. At least for four weeks.

87 responses to “Will someone else give Antonio Brown his latest second chance?

  1. Now that Mike and PFT have succeeded in getting him cut by the Bucs, they are lobbying for a different team to sign him to “help nudge them closer to the top of the mountain?” Interesting.

  2. No sane person would want him on their team. However, coaches only look at the talent and forget about all the baggage. Teams will never learn.

  3. From another perspective. A top athlete is forced to get a shot that doesn’t do anything for him, he lies about it, because we see how some treat the unvaccinated, Arians calls him out, then he doesn’t go into a game for said guy. Not a Brown fan, but Arians may be an unliked coach too.

  4. At this point, he can’t get another chance. Teams won’t be embarrassed by him and frankly, he needs to focus on his mental health. Football is probably over for him and he needs to take care of himself over another chance

  5. kevines255 says:
    January 2, 2022 at 5:54 pm
    People keep signing Josh Gordon.

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    while true, I think the situation is quite different

  6. Mental health is a real issue in this country. No, I am not an Antonio Brown fan or his apologist. But he needs help. And not on a football field.

  7. He’ll be back. Tampa Tammy will pout and cry and tantrum to make sure it happens.

  8. The Packers have never shown any interest in stepping in that pile, not even when he first left Pittsburgh.
    They haven’t even been willing to kick the tires.
    What makes anyone think that today’s shenanigans would change their minds.

  9. Mission accomplished! You wanted him cut for not doing as you guys wanted him, just to now try & drum up interest in getting him signed by someone else? How about we just ignore the guy completely? This guy lives for attention! Maybe if we act like he doesn’t matter, he might grow up… who am I kidding… not going to happen

  10. Bring him to Green Bay for one last dance. Our fans will welcome him with open arms when he does the Lambeau Leap. Super Bowl baby. Brown! Brown! Brown! Brown!

  11. Hysterical, did a poster try to say this is because AB got vaccinated and then boo hoo he felt put upon in the response?! Someone call out BINGO so we can change to cards with less CRAZy talk on them for the love of god.

  12. Well how do we know what is effecting Antonio Brown’s behavior. If he has mental health issues he should be treated. An alcoholic or drug abuser gets the respect from the league and NFL management. So let’s get Antonio Brown evaluated. He will show up on another NFL team for sure after his mental health is reviewed.

  13. No.

    Goodell suspended Brown in 2019 to cheat the Pats. Nothing changed with his legal issues, and he then assaulted a moving truck driver and Goodell allowed him to sign with Brady and TB.

    It makes absolutely no sense.

    After this, since Brady got what he wanted and Goodell wanting ratings for TB during a pandemic and ratings to see Brady win away from NE, that ship has sailed.

    So, no. Goodell will tell all other teams he is not available. The goal was reached….weaken Brady’s last season in NE and then help Brady away from NE.

    Brown can’t be used for financial gain now.

  14. The Buccaneers just need to suspend him indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. Then release him after the season is over.

  15. What Brown needs is to get himself some help before he hurts himself or someone else. It’s sad to see someone throw their life away especially when they could use their talent and the recognition that comes with it, to be a good role model and help others.

  16. No way the Bus let Brown go before the end of the season. They will give him the Keyshawn Johnson treatment – deactivate Antonio for the final games and then cut him when the season is over. Arians will never play him another down, but he won’t let any other team play Brown this season either.

  17. springfield says:
    January 2, 2022 at 5:57 pm
    From another perspective. A top athlete is forced to get a shot that doesn’t do anything for him, he lies about it, because we see how some treat the unvaccinated, Arians calls him out, then he doesn’t go into a game for said guy. Not a Brown fan, but Arians may be an unliked coach too.

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    nobody forced him to get a shot. he was allowed not to and that is what he chose. the rest is on him. period.

  18. Something went wrong long ago. This is the product. He can be helped if he realizes there’s a problem, (1), & (2), avails himself to that help. I wish him the best.

  19. Why would anyone want this cancer on their team or in their locker room? Going forward, Antonio Brown will play in as many NFL football games as Florio will…zero.

  20. He’s an emotional person. People don’t take him seriously. He should just go back. Pretend the whole thing never happened. He was just blowing off a little steam. So what? He’s entitled. He’s emotional. Never happened.

  21. Andy Reid gives guys second chances but he might not be keen to give somebody a third or fourth one.

  22. He’s going to end up back in Goodell’s lap. Probably another suspension coming.

  23. Any team that gives him a second chance deserves the inevitable embarrassment and ridicule next time he acts up again.

  24. They shouldn’t. AB is 33 – still talented but has serious mental health issues to address first.

  25. knightwanderer says:
    January 2, 2022 at 6:07 pm
    Hysterical, did a poster try to say this is because AB got vaccinated and then boo hoo he felt put upon in the response?

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    yup. unfortunately that comment reminded me of my elderly mother making excuses for my heroin addicted sister. same exact thing….everything was somebody else’s fault. i heard that for over 15 years and can spot it a mile away.

  26. You can quit on your MLB or NBA team and be welcomed elsewhere, the NFL and NHL won’t allow it. He’s done and rightfully so. Good luck to him but he will end up broke and possibly in prison because he hasn’t a shot at being hired anywhere for anything.

  27. PFT is a pro-player website. If a coach, assistant, or anyone in management would have acted like AB, this site would’ve blown up for a permanent ban from the NFL. AB does it (again) and it’s “let’s find someone else who can give him a chance” 🙄

  28. No way Brown gets another chance. Mr. Big Chest will be in the celebrity boxing circuit in 6 months.

  29. Never mind everything else. Walking out on his team when the game was in the balance should be enough for no team to want him…..no matter how much talent he has.

  30. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says:
    January 2, 2022 at 6:27 pm
    PFT is a pro-player website. If a coach, assistant, or anyone in management would have acted like AB, this site would’ve blown up for a permanent ban from the NFL. AB does it (again) and it’s “let’s find someone else who can give him a chance” 🙄

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    this makes no sense. name one owner that would have a head coach, assistant, or management personnel on their team after having done the things AB has done prior to today. let’s start there.

  31. If anything this proves that the TB organization will do absolutely anything to win. And that is very very disappointing. Quite obviously this man has some sort of mental issues ( and this has been ongoing for a few years) unless this outburst was drug induced. But nobody will convince me that this organization is TEAM focused – unlike the Bill B. And as Paul Harvey used to say in starting his segment – What is the rest of the story”

  32. They should not release him yet. Suspend him 4 games without pay (I believe that is allowed per the CBA). That gets you through the season, then release him. That would prevent a competitor picking him up for a playoff run

  33. I’d already thought of this possibility. Why take a chance? Suspend him for four games, that gets you through the conference championship if you get that far.

  34. I hope that no other team enables him. He needs to put his mental health before football,or anything else,if it’s not too late.

  35. Yea whoever signs a 57 year old Brady to a one year contract . Browns out of of chances . Buy a mirror and look into it

  36. Makes the Randy Moss “pretend to take his pants down” thing that everyone cried about so much seem like kid stuff.

  37. vecchiaio says:
    January 2, 2022 at 6:25 pm
    Patriots. AB faces off against Brady and Arians in SB.
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    Belichick will take one look at what he did today and say no thank you as will every other Gm and coach in the league.

  38. Brown has obvious mental health issues that have had him flush what was looking like a Hall of Fame career. He has to be radioactive at this point.

  39. He should be banned from ever playing in the NFL again. Kids emulate NFL players. Is this the product you want on the field Roger ???
    He belongs in a mental institute.

  40. Who is stupid enough to say “He screws up one time, he’s gone.”? Well sure, Bruce Arians. But who else?

  41. Something drives this man that a normal person can never understand. I find it hard to believe he has control over his meltdowns.

  42. “A top athlete is forced to get a shot that doesn’t do anything for him, he lies about it”. LOL! Hint: he wasn’t forced to get a shot. It’s a choice. Everyone on his team but two chose to get the shot. He chose not to, and he chose to lie about it and thus put everyone else at risk. Get a clue.

  43. If my boss said I should do something,… I did it to the best of my ability.
    Why would AB tell his boss he’s not going in ?
    He’s paid million$ to go in.

  44. Well, using a fake vaccine card is a federal crime, as is faking any document with a federal seal (in this case the CDC seal). As an NFL team, I wouldn’t want to get involved in aiding and abetting an player allegedly guilty of federal crimes.

  45. From another perspective. A top athlete is forced to get a shot that doesn’t do anything for him, he lies about it, because we see how some treat the unvaccinated
    —–
    From a third perspective…if you don’t understand the subject matter you’re talking about, please quit talking about it. Why the hell do righties have such a hard on about vaccines? It’s tiring. I’m sick of being reminded how dumb this country is every time I get online.

  46. Let’s go ahead and say it—-Mike Tomlin is coach of the all time NFL team…Anyone that can coach Brn and L’evon Bell deserves the honor

  47. Couldn’t agree more. Between coach Tomlin and Ben they kept it together as long as possible. But everything fell on Ben when it fell apart. The fact that AB couldn’t work in New England, Las Vegas or now Tampa doesn’t matter but no one is apologizing to Ben after blaming him for AB’s issues in Pittsburgh.

  48. Yes, the Rams are always ready to sign a big-name player but AB is no longer a big-name player…

  49. Suspend him. Cutting him is what he wants. I wouldn’t give him a chance to be rewarded for his conduct today by going to another playoff team this season.

  50. Sometimes I wonder how things would have played had AB accepted the trade to Buffalo. Turns out the Bills front office should have thanked AB.

  51. Schmoopie says:
    January 2, 2022 at 6:15 pm
    He’s an emotional person. People don’t take him seriously. He should just go back. Pretend the whole thing never happened. He was just blowing off a little steam. So what? He’s entitled. He’s emotional. Never happened.

    17 52 Rate This

    So you’re recommending the Costanza approach? Just show back up and act like it was all a joke. I love it!

  52. After the Dolphin’s lastest loss, I’m all for Miami signing AB & Deshaun Watson in the offseason. Imagine what Watson, AB, Waddle that D, lots of picks, and 70 million of cap space could accomplish! But then again, that’s probably just the Woodford Reserve speaking. Most likely, I’ll probably be saying “Tua!” at the water cooler like everyone else come Monday morning.

  53. I’ve said this before, he was immature and erratic with the Steelers but it got A LOT worse after that vicious hit in the head by Vontaze Burfict in the playoffs.
    I think that did serious damage.

  54. Will some team give Antonio Brown his latest second chance? Common sense would say no, but we all know some team will put on the blinders and try to make it work with similar end results.

    Personally, I think Antonio shouldn’t be allowed back on a NFL team until he goes and gets a real mental evaluation because of probable CTE. I know CTE a postmortem thing, but Brown hasn’t been right in the head since Burfict cleaned his clock when he thought it was a good idea to go across the middle with Vontaze lurking there waiting to nail him 5-6 years ago.

    NFL, if you truly care about player safety, please step in and get this nut checked out before he goes off the deep end as one of your employees.

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