Buccaneers didn’t cut Antonio Brown on Tuesday

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Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that wide receiver Antonio Brown was done with the Buccaneers after his topless trip to the locker room in the third quarter of Sunday’s win over the Jets, but Brown was not cut from the roster on Monday.

He wasn’t cut on Tuesday either. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that no move involving Brown was on the league’s daily transaction wire, so Brown remains on Tampa’s 53-man roster.

Word on Monday was that the team was having discussions with the NFL about how to proceed with the matter. That suggests they may be considering suspending him or making another roster move rather than releasing him and making him available to the rest of the league on waivers.

A report after Sunday’s game indicated Brown cited an ankle injury as his reason not to re-enter Sunday’s game, which could also be a consideration in how the Bucs proceed. Whatever the reason, the Bucs have yet to make good on Arians’ vow to make Brown a former member of the team.

65 responses to “Buccaneers didn’t cut Antonio Brown on Tuesday

  1. We going to thru this every day?

    Im sure they are keeping him for now to avoid any sort of grievance/lawsuit (he is going to still try) but I do not think he will suit up.

    They also probably do not want him going to an NFC team they could face in the postseason.

  2. The Bucs don’t want him going somewhere else is more like it he was spotted in Tennessee recently.

  3. Oh just send him to his room at the QB’s house for the next two months so no other team will pick up the runt … on the very simple premise … if ye ain’t gonna be playing for us … no way jose is he gonna be playing for you !!!

  4. Brown needs to show up to practice tomorrow and resolve this issue already.

    This is significantly more embarrassing than a Kangol hat on a grown man.

  5. They’re not cutting him, likely hoping to get him suspended by the NFL so they can pursue reimbursement. I’d be shocked if it was something else.

  6. Smart play by the Bucs. Non football i just list – do that through playoffs – then cut him

  7. Brown is surely a nutcase but are the bucs liable if they terminate him for being too injured to play?

    Most players play through the pain but if he felt like he wasn’t able to go it seems like the NFLPA might have his back in arguing his contract being torn up

  8. I heard they tried to cut him today, but he tore of his clothes and ran away before they could deliver the news.

  9. “Brown is surely a nutcase but are the bucs liable if they terminate him for being too injured to play?”

    Did you see the video of Brown jumping and skipping in the end zone as he left the stadium? THere was nothing wrong with his ankle.

  10. He didn’t look too injured as he was skipping and doing jumping jacks off the field…

  11. Do a Geroge Castanza (based on true Larry David story) and show up for work tomorrow, as if nothing happened

  12. Cats have NOTHING on Antonio Brown-they ONLY have 9 lives…..AB is working 20 plus.

  13. PLEASE keep him.

    Nothing would be more epic than having him Barrett Robbins during a Playoff game.

  14. 1. Arians has no credibility.
    2. Brady also talks a good game but did either of them really “help” Brown at all?

    Even though Brady puts on a good show (shoutout to his PR people), Brady cares no more about ABs personal life than Arians. Their concern starts and ends with him being able to suit up on Sunday and being a game wrecker on the field.

    If he were to come back to practice tomorrow there would be pleas for compassion and he’d be starting next week even though that won’t help him mentally.

  15. The Rams (desperation to play in SB and all-in mentality, still haven’t replaced Woods), Chiefs (Andy the man of many chances could use a receiver) and Cards (GM and coach need to win at least one game in playoffs, no Hopkins makes that difficult) all three could use a very good receiver. So Bruce is going to hold on to him for awhile.

  16. So AB is a terrible representative of the NFL and team sports in general. Agreed.

    So isn’t it enough that he will no longer be on the field? Why is it wrong for the Bucs to protect their own interest and not allow an opponent to use him against them? The only reason I can think of is that secretly you would love to add him to your teams roster.

    But wait – that cant be right, because AB is a terrible representative of the NFL and team sports in general.

  17. Brown will not playanother game for the Bucs. It is easy to see why he has not been cut, yet.

    Arians is likely talking with the NFL, the NFLPA and lawyers, to make sure that the Buc aren’t on the hook for money after they cut Brown.

  18. I have a theory as to what went down.

    AB was unhappy about not getting enough targets (this has been reported/speculated) and/or was mad that he had been benched (also reported/speculated). When BA decided he wanted AB back in the line up, AB acted childish and said no. At that point, BA blew a gasket and said something like “if you don’t go back in you’re off the team” or “okay, you’re off the team”. And then AB left.

    But I don’t think BA actually intended to fire AB off the team – he was expecting him to smarten up and fall in line. When he didn’t and walked off, BA had painted himself into a corner.

    I don’t think AB said anything about the ankle. I think that’s his agent spinning things. And I don’t buy BA intending to provoke him to walk off – the team needs him too much with Godwin out.

  19. Local outlet stated he started his crap at halftime in the locker room– he was angry Evans was getting all the targets and a TD (Evans needed 101 yards for 1k for 8th straight year) AB needed targets to reach his incentives, which amounted to a $million. He was also angry nobody had his back during the suspension

  20. JUST STOP.

    There is no point of cutting AB. His salary is guaranteed to the end of season. Cutting him means he can join another team, a potential opponent and give them inside tips on the Bucs.

    Just suspend/bench him is enough without actually HURTING the team in another way.

  21. Remember Arians……..”I know him. He’s not a fit”! Then Brady assumed control of the team. After a Super Bowl win and the prospect of another…. Arians wants to coddle Brown….with Tom’s approval!
    Better check with the rest of the team, Bruce!

  22. duckduckboringduck says:
    January 4, 2022 at 4:44 pm
    They’re not cutting him, likely hoping to get him suspended by the NFL so they can pursue reimbursement. I’d be shocked if it was something else.

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    The problem is that this was clearly an offense committed against the team, not the league. So if the league is telling the Bucs its their problem to sort that would make sense.

  23. Ankle seemed fine when he was doing jumping jacks as he left the field!! Obviously the guy needs help mentally, so cut him, and let the NFL set up his therapy. The Bucs don’t need his distraction.

  24. There’s only one game left in the regular season—-keep him on the roster but inactive. It’s not going to cost the team much money and will avoid having the Antonio drama to deal with.

  25. I think there’s a pretty high likelihood he would be a Ram, Packer or Chief before even making it through waivers. I don’t think the Bucs want that, because they know he’s a difference-maker.

    That he’s proven to be a difference-maker for the Bucs means this is a lose-lose for them. That they suddenly couldn’t keep him in line now, after nearly two seasons of keeping him in line perfectly, is going to be the difference in their not winning the SB this year, or probably even reaching it.

  26. If AB’s ankle was too sore to play then how was he able to spin and dance on the field while disrobing? That must have hurt like hell.

  27. gideon says:
    January 4, 2022 at 5:34 pm
    I have a theory as to what went down.

    AB was unhappy about not getting enough targets (this has been reported/speculated) and/or was mad that he had been benched (also reported/speculated). When BA decided he wanted AB back in the line up, AB acted childish and said no. At that point, BA blew a gasket and said something like “if you don’t go back in you’re off the team” or “okay, you’re off the team”. And then AB left.

    But I don’t think BA actually intended to fire AB off the team – he was expecting him to smarten up and fall in line. When he didn’t and walked off, BA had painted himself into a corner.

    I don’t think AB said anything about the ankle. I think that’s his agent spinning things. And I don’t buy BA intending to provoke him to walk off – the team needs him too much with Godwin out.
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    Perfectly said

  28. They desperately need him (better yet, someone LIKE him who’s halfway normal) But the situation was retrievable until he blew up. Can’t come back from that

  29. Hopefully the BUCS are going to try to get him some help that he desperately needs. In reality they are getting their ducks in a row so he can’t burn them one more time.

  30. Maybe Brown has turned over some fake ankle xrays that show injuries but the team thinks they’re real.

  31. If AB says he was hurt and can’t play. And Bruce was forcing him to play injured? How is that not a huge problem for the league?

    If AB Was fired on the sidelines like he claims then him taking off equipment that didn’t belong to him and leaving the work site while waving goodbye is what every employer wants from a terminated employee

  32. Arians doesn’t want him to end up with SB contenders. It’s the NFL. Team will hire if the player is really good and can help the team win. That’s why Kaepernick is not being chased by teams.

  33. I hope they suspend him for once again violating the personal conduct policy. If,after the stunt he pulled on Sunday,they are still employing him,then we can be fairly certain that Brady has yet again emasculated Arians and talked him into giving Brown another chance. We know who the boss is in that locker room,and it’s not Arians. This Brown drama is going to blow this team up.

  34. Arians and Brown are probably trying to figure out a way to kiss and make up but still save face at the same time.

    Arians could just say he never told Brown he was done. Brown can just say he never took his shirt off and stormed off the field. It’s all fake news. You never really saw and heard what you saw and heard.

    It’s worked before.

  35. This is classic Arians. All coaches bend the truth, but Arians constantly lies, is passive aggressive, and doesn’t follow through. I think it’s not even about money or him going to another team. I think it’s about Brady and others lobbying Arians to find a way to keep AB. At the very least they want the NFL to intervene so it’s not on the team.

  36. I don’t believe Arians lied. He spoke out of emotions immediately after a weird incident. I’m sure he initially wanted Brown released, but that’s not only on him. As far as Arians is concerned Brown is effectively no longer is. Buc. Cooler heads want to prevent Brown from possibly playing for another team this post season.

  37. tahuyaman says:
    January 4, 2022 at 7:27 pm
    I don’t believe Arians lied. He spoke out of emotions immediately after a weird incident. I’m sure he initially wanted Brown released, but that’s not only on him. As far as Arians is concerned Brown is effectively no longer is. Buc. Cooler heads want to prevent Brown from possibly playing for another team this post season.

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    I’m sure you also believe that Arians really pondered cutting AB after the vaccination card incident. Arians never said he or the team cut Brown, Brady would fire Arians if he tried to do that. Brown indicated that he was done with the Bucs, not the other way around.

    Arians would walk naked through times square if that’s what Brown tells Brady it would take for him to come back.

  38. Brady with his high pitched wailing to the owner to keep him on the team in spite of what arians says is what is going on here

  39. Hard going from he’s no longer with the Buccaneers to, you are suspended and then cut him! Pure and simple this would be retaliation against Brown, plain and simple. So The Buccaneers want to keep him from playing with another team, that’s wrong!

  40. When you invite a vampire into your house, he’s yours for life. Another stupid player added by Arians.

  41. eagleswin says:
    January 4, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    I’m sure you also believe that Arians really pondered cutting AB after the vaccination card incident. Arians never said he or the team cut Brown, Brady would fire Arians if he tried to do that. Brown indicated that he was done with the Bucs, not the other way around.

    Arians would walk naked through times square if that’s what Brown tells Brady it would take for him to come back.

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    You are wrong on all counts.

  42. By trying to keep the other playoff teams from snagging Brown,the Bucs are pretty much conceding that they can’t win without him. It’s hard to believe that they are letting one guy dictate whether or not they make it past the first post season game. I’ll bet that the rest of the Bucs are fed up with Brown’s behavior.Not the best situation for making a run at the Super Bowl…

  43. Don’t cut him so he can sign with another playoff team just Don’t dress him or bench him. Cut him and he wins.

  44. Brady runs the team, and there’s nothing wrong with that. When they repeat, he’ll get full credit as the coach and quarterback. Seriously, can you guys not see this coming? He knows what he’s doing. Tom didn’t win seven rings by accident.

  45. youngstownbengal says:
    January 4, 2022 at 4:59 pm
    Arians clearly has no control of this team!

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    That’s not true. If he had lost control of the team, they wouldn’t have rerecovered and beaten the Jets.

  46. c-k says:
    January 4, 2022 at 6:24 pm
    he will be playing for Tampa in the playoffs

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    I’ll take that bet.

  47. This is not surprising that hes not cut yet. Its simply because kicking him off the team, however satisfying, would not be the smartest strategy. The smartest will be to keep him on the team but out of the facility. And the time this is taking is being spent in discussions on the best way to do that.

  48. bradygirl12 says:
    January 4, 2022 at 8:58 pm
    By trying to keep the other playoff teams from snagging Brown,the Bucs are pretty much conceding that they can’t win without him. It’s hard to believe that they are letting one guy dictate whether or not they make it past the first post season game. I’ll bet that the rest of the Bucs are fed up with Brown’s behavior.Not the best situation for making a run at the Super Bowl…

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    He is clearly hurting his team at a bad time. Also, its looking painfully close to being true that they can’t win without him. Right now they need the next man up program to produce some shockingly good results, and ABs level of on field play is by itself a very high bar. They probably need two guys to step up to that right now being down Godwin too.

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