Buccaneers finally release Antonio Brown

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Antonio Brown has finally gotten what he wanted. All over again.

In September 2019, he agitated for his release from the Raiders, and he got it. Today, after spending much of the past 18 hours trying to secure his release from the Buccaneers, he has it.

The Buccaneers have announced that Brown’s contract has been terminated, effective immediately.

The statement from the team includes a contention that Brown was cleared to play in Sunday’s game against the Jets, despite an ankle injury. The team also asserts that “at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play.”

The Buccaneers also claim that they have tried, on multiple occasions this week, to “schedule an evaluation by an outside orthopedic specialist, yet Antonio has not complied.”

The Buccaneers are releasing Brown without any special designation, despite a four-day delay that supposedly arose from their efforts to select the proper label to apply.

He’ll now pass through waivers. If unclaimed, he’ll become a free agent. And that’s where things will get interesting. Although he claimed as of Wednesday night that he needs surgery, will he decide to delay it and play through the injury, if another team wants him?

That will require another team to want him. On the same day he finally got his release from the Raiders, the Patriots swooped in and signed him. Even with the ugliness that has emerged in recent hours, talent drives this bus — and Super Bowl rings are far permanent than whatever short-term dysfunction Brown can cause.

77 responses to “Buccaneers finally release Antonio Brown

  1. the funny part is with all the fanbases that trash this guy, one is about to do a 180 and start trying to reason their way into liking him on their team

  2. Maybe Bruce and Tom spent the last four days working the phones to make sure the Jags, Lions or Jets would claim him. So many experts, so much nonsense. Let’s add my take to it.

  3. Heaven help the team that desperate to sign this guy. He long ago ran out of deserved second chances. Enjoy retirement Antonio. Can’t imagine where you will turn for your attention fix now.

  4. If they don’t want him going to another team, put together a wink and a nod deal with a bad team where they claim him and Tampa throws them a late round pick when the new league year starts

  5. I think he’s done for good this time. Who’s to say he won’t burn bridges with a new team in the middle of the post season?

  6. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    January 6, 2022 at 9:38 am
    5 days after his farewell dance out the stadium, he finally throws Brady under the bus. Tom will have him cut by 4;00 pm today.
    I called that one today at 9:38……I gotta go buy a lotto ticket and see if I can duplicate the future. You just don’t mess with Tom.

  7. If any other NFL team signs this punk, they will be the laughing stock of the league.

  8. I would not believe the Packers are considering bringing in a gallon of oil to toss into a steam engine that is running quite well, thank you very much.

  9. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 6, 2022 at 12:42 pm
    Hide your microsoft tablets #Tommy is gonna throw a tantrum again!

    Yeah I’m sure Tom is going to be really upset with the Bucs for cutting AB, after he threw Brady under the bus as well.

  10. Pro player much? This guy has done nothing but destroy those in the private sector & public… yet some act.like he was wronged in this situation. There is zero evidence of what he has said at this point. Yet people are still making excuses for him. The guy literally played the week before for 10 catches and 100 yards. Let’s be honest, this guy wanted his release, he is maybe telling 20 percent truth here.

  11. Lions, sign him and then franchise tag him. He won’t show up to play for Detroit so it wouldn’t cost them anything and they’d be doing the rest of us a favor.

  12. He talked himself into a corner with his injury claims so now nobody can risk signing him even if they wanted to. He just publicly accused his former employer of making him play hurt. Who’s to say he wouldn’t do the exact same thing with his new team? Plus, if he’s really as hurt as he claims how would he be any help to a new team?

  13. They should have just tagged him with conduct detrimental to team and sat on his contract the rest of the season. They already sank the bonus money and had $61k left to pay him for the final game. With $11M in cap space on the season, that money isn’t going to amount to anything.

    I doubt anyone in the playoffs would sign him, butthat $60k isn’t worth the risk that someone MIGHT.

  14. He criticized Brady’s trainer and 30 minutes later he get’s wacked. Coincidence?

    Embarrassing the coach, GM, owner, team? No problem. Embarrass the guy in charge? You are gone.

  15. I doubt any team takes a flyer on him. His time has to be up, even if he has a little left in the tank, the negative far outweighs the positive. Talk about someone who’s shot off their own toes.

  16. Just the fact that Brady vouched for this guy, proves he cheated with deflated footballs. He will do anything to win. He is probably destroying Alex’s cell phone right now.

  17. Seeing the arrogance and superiority complex that is Aaron Rodgers combined with the whatever-the-hell AB is, would be fascinating.

  18. The ankle looked pretty good when he was prancing around the end zone waving to the NY fans.

  19. Brown’s agent must be pleased. Earlier, the Bucs were supposedly trying to prevent him from signing with another contender by hanging onto him. But by attacking Tom, you are assured of being released and thereby foiling such a strategy. No one may sign him. But now he’s at least in a position to be signed, whereas he wasn’t as long as he was on the Tompa roster.

    I am cynical enough to believe that some coach, who coincidentally has lots of injured WRs, will piously say he has had a heart to heart talk with AB and he’s convinced AB has turned a page, etc., etc., thereby proving yet again – as if we did not know – that Arians isn’t the only hypocritical coach.

  20. All 32 teams at some point have signed morons, criminals and head cases so nobody should get on their high horse.

  21. Just hope this man gets the help for whatever is going on in his life. He’s obviously never gotten the help he needs. Football ain’t life, football will be in his past eventually.

  22. Nobody has even mentioned the fact
    That after AB took his gear off
    And threw his shirt and gloves into the crowd,he actually JOGGED off the field into the tunnel on what he claims was a very hurt ankle.
    Review the film. He was not limping at all.

  23. no one will even think about signing him…. this year anyway. Maybe next season with a 100% incentive based contract

  24. I put this on the Bucs. They successfully managed him through a Super Bowl-winning season and must know exactly what it takes to keep him in line. Yet, when the chips are down, they somehow stop managing to do it?

    There’s plenty of debate over whether it’s smart to sign Brown. But once you sign him, it seems like the only rational thing to do is cater to him. It’s the way you get what you want from him, on the field, which is the whole point. If you don’t want to play along, why sign him?

  25. What about the ankle? Miracles do happen but bets are he can’t Walk On Water or Change Water Into Wine.

  26. He did the same act with my RAIDERS hopefully no team picks this person up to play. He used to be kind of fun towatch back when he was with the Steelers he got that new deal and was never the same. Total Diva

  27. since1960for66 says:

    January 6, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Cowboys will sign him on Friday.

    I had the same thought actually. Now that Gallup is done, it wouldn’t surprise me if a conversation was at least happening about bringing AB on board. Remember when they signed the train wreck Greg Hardy.

  28. No one should touch him at this point but it will be interesting if a playoff team (Chiefs, Rams) believes they take advantage of the normal honeymoon period they think they could get out of Brown (this years playoffs) to add something they think could put them over the top with no incentive, intention of anything beyond the end of their playoff run. Andy Reid has probably already drawn up a few plays in his mind with Brown, Hill and Kelce on the field.

  29. I called that one today at 9:38……I gotta go buy a lotto ticket and see if I can duplicate the future. You just don’t mess with Tom.


    Too bad you just missed the 600 million Powerball jackpot yesterday

  30. As soon as he cut loose on Tommy Boy and Alex Guerrero, it was game over for Antonio.

  31. Bucs squeezed a year and a half out of him and won a super bowl. That’s all they could hope for with this unstable clown. They aren’t too upset.

  32. I was hoping that the Bucs were going to ask to see the X-rays/MRI results from this surgeon that Brown allegedly consulted. No need now…it went away overnight. If the other contending teams who were watching this debacle unfold even think about signing him, they can expect the same results. The only question will be when will AB go off on them?

  33. Perfect fit for the Packers. They have no issues with players that lie about their vaccination status.

  34. daytontriangles says:
    January 6, 2022 at 2:48 pm
    Perfect fit for the Packers. They have no issues with players that lie about their vaccination status.
    ——————————————————————————————–My exact same thoughts. Where has good old fashion honesty gone???????

  35. Seriously, the Jags or Lions should grab him, then the Bucs should overpay in a trade for one of their practice squad guys as a thank you.

  36. Why would another team sign him for the playoffs. If the NFL does their job he wouldn’t be available. He should be getting a suspension if not more. If the NFL does nothing they lose face.

  37. He’ll get signed, and soon, by a playoff team. Now AB has the extra incentive to light up Tampa Bay!

  38. He’s 33 years old, in clear physical decline, only more difficult to deal with than ever. Who is interested in that?

  39. I hope a worthless team picks him up. Who knew that Josh Gordon and Odelphia Beckham could be made to look near saintly compared to AB. At least Randy Gregory pays his bills.

  40. Not even Jerry Jones is stupid enough at this point in his life to sign this fool. And if he tried, it would cause a family rift between him and Stephen Jones that would destroy the family. It won’t happen.

  41. Can there seriously be anyone out there that doesn’t look at his actions and see this guy who is unstable and needs help to address it? I guess Brown would be the last to see or admit that, but if a team ignores it and signs him to play, they’re sicker than he is.

  42. >> ariani1985 says: Ron Wolf going to pull the trigger in green bay? <<

    Unlikely, given Wolf left GB over 20 years ago.

  43. I wonder if he re-posted that celebratory video he posted after getting cut by the Raiders.

  44. D Basa says:

    January 6, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    >> ariani1985 says: Ron Wolf going to pull the trigger in green bay? <<

    Unlikely, given Wolf left GB over 20 years ago
    Welcome to the boards! However Ariani is just 1 of the useless trolls like touchback6 you can ignore on here though.

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