Buccaneers officially release Antonio Brown

NFL: JAN 02 Buccaneers at Jets
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This time around, the Buccaneers did what they said they’d do.

Four days after Tampa Bay said that Brown was no longer on the team, he remained on the team. On Thursday, they said he’d be released. At of 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, he was.

Brown’s name appears on the daily transaction report, as being waived. After the trade deadline, every player who is released by any team must pass through waivers, despite experience level.

Teams will have an opportunity to claim the balance of his one-year contract with the Bucs, through Friday at 4:00 p.m. ET. If unclaimed, he becomes a free agent.

Brown made it clear in a Wednesday night statement that he needs surgery on his ankle that presumably would end his season. If he clears waivers and becomes a free agent, there’s a chance that could change.

He seemed to relish the opportunity to secure his freedom from the Buccaneers. Once he officially enters free agency, will he claim that he’ll try to play through the injury in order to help a contender win a Super Bowl?

The Buccaneers quite possibly squatted on Brown in an effort to come up with a way to prevent him from landing elsewhere. The last thing they’ll want to see is Brown contributing to a team that is trying to outscore the Bucs in the playoffs or the Super Bowl.

47 responses to “Buccaneers officially release Antonio Brown

  1. I can’t (thankfully) see a scenario where KC would pick him up. Brown essentially needs someone to vouch for him the way Brady did and I don’t see anyone on the team willing to do that. He gets hot toward a guy like Frank Clark or Chris Jones his jersey and pads may be all that’s left of him.

  2. He’ll sign with the Cowboys. They’re down a star receiver. But no matter where he goes (if he gets signed) he still needs to learn that team’s plays. That can take a few games.

    Some are saying the Rams are interested. I doubt it.

  3. you know who should sign him? A local mental hospital. The guy needs mental help. And I don’t condone one thing this guy has ever done.

  4. Cowboys will claim and sign him on Friday. If he signs on Monday, he can’t play in the playoffs. League rules – signings for teams in playoffs must occur during regular season (Sunday is last day of season).

  5. AB should never be able to play for any team in NFL. This guy thinks he can break all the rules and still be able to play because of his talent. He’s really not that good anymore and Tampa Bay is way better off without him. Cyril Grayson and Scotty Miller will be better than AB and his childish self. Izbala

  6. What team wants the terrible publicity of claiming this guy ? I hope all the 32 franchises finally say adious Antonio Brown.

  7. Imagine what the taunting penalty would look like if he scored a TD in the Superbowl against the Bucs.

  8. Well, by stating he needs surgery, he’s kind of backed himself into a corner. He’s either telling the truth, and no other team should hire him because he’s hurt, or he’s lying, and no other team should hire him because he’s untrustworthy.

  9. After he talked poorly of TB, Tom went to Bruce and said okay NOW you can get rid of him. Bruce complied like a good soldier should.

  10. Jaguars please for one game! What fun that would be plus it could throw a mild scare into the Colts.

  11. He might get suspended again before its all said and done, based on some of the stories I have heard.

  12. Some here suggest signing him that’s like putting up a sign that says cancer is welcome here just dumb clueless fan boys they are everywhere.

  13. The one guy (TB) that stuck by him through thick and thin. Is the one guy that AB is now attacking.

  14. People keep discounting NFL teams getting high end talent on the veteran’s minimum. As long as at least 1 NFL team believes Brown still has enough talent AND they don’t have to give him a massive contract he will have a chance.

  15. Ashman23 says:
    January 6, 2022 at 8:44 pm
    The Jags should claim Brown.
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    That should ensure an immediate surgery decision 🙂

  16. No one was beating down AB’s door last year to sign him. After his fake Covid credentials and storming off the field like he did, why would anyone all of the sudden be interested now? Especially, you know, since his ankle is screwed up and he’s getting surgery and all.. lol

  17. since1960for66 says:
    January 6, 2022 at 9:15 pm
    Cowboys will claim and sign him on Friday. If he signs on Monday, he can’t play in the playoffs. League rules – signings for teams in playoffs must occur during regular season (Sunday is last day of season).
    ————————————————————————————————————Wring! Here is food for thought. What would a team do if their kicker went down, or was placed on the Covid list?… but don’t take my word for it. “Clubs participating in the playoffs are permitted to sign free agents throughout the postseason, but are limited to a total of four free agent signings, including players on other clubs’ Practice Squads, during the period that begins at 4 p.m., New York time, on the Wednesday after the final regular season weekend.”

  18. There’s a role for Antonio in a remake of “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.

  19. Any team AB has shafted should claim him, Raiders,Steelers ,Patriots…let him get claimed for now and then cut him in the new NFL year.

  20. 6thsense10 says:
    January 7, 2022 at 7:55 am
    People keep discounting NFL teams getting high end talent on the veteran’s minimum. As long as at least 1 NFL team believes Brown still has enough talent AND they don’t have to give him a massive contract he will have a chance.

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    Brown is no longer “high-end talent.” He was 6 or 7 years ago, but that time has long since passed. Mike Evans, Chris Godwyn and even 2021 Gronk were all signifcantly more talented pass catchers.

  21. Brown plays the same game every time he does something stupid and wants to move on to a new team. He makes ridiculous tweets until he is released. He did it to Pittsburgh. Did it to the Raiders. Did it to the Pats. Now again to the Bucs. He knows what he is doing because it always works for him. Now his ankle issue will magically heal and some team will sign him and he will eventually do something stupid and then start a new tweet campaign. I wonder if any hackers have gotten into his bank account yet?!

  22. 6thsense10 says:
    January 7, 2022 at 7:55 am
    People keep discounting NFL teams getting high end talent on the veteran’s minimum. As long as at least 1 NFL team believes Brown still has enough talent AND they don’t have to give him a massive contract he will have a chance.

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    He does have the talent, but he lets too many things get in the way of it being of benefit to a team. For one thing he does have to be on the field playing. He has a history of circuses that take him off the field, add to that he now has a history of refusing, AND according to him he’s too hurt to play right now anyhow.

    If an opponent picks him up the Bucs might benefit if they spend all week preparing to use him and then suddenly they cant at gametime. The Bucs would love that in fact.

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