Antonio Brown says he can’t currently play “at a hundred percent”

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Near the very end of a 90-minute episode of the Full Send Podcast, free-agent receiver Antonio Brown addresses whether he’ll play again this season.

He never says “absolutely no.” He never says “absolutely yes.”

“I really can’t play at a hundred percent,” Brown says. “Right now I can’t really run at my max speed. I can’t do what I do and do it at a comfortable rate.”

So the question becomes, obviously, how close to a hundred percent is he? Then, the question is whether a team would want him at whatever percent below a hundred he currently is?

He played six days ago, with the assistance of a Toradol shot. He played sufficiently well that plenty of armchair doctors believed he was lying when he said he was injured.

Regardless, he’s available. If a contender looking to beef up its receiving corps is interested in checking out his ankle or giving him a workout, it can. If a contender wants to sign him, it can.

78 responses to “Antonio Brown says he can’t currently play “at a hundred percent”

  1. Regardless of how hurt he is, it his to his advantage to claim injury so he can continue to collect a paycheck. Sure, refusing to go into the game could let the Bucs void his contract, unless he can substantiate that he was too injured to play.

  2. Sure, and destroy the entire locker room chemistry. Randy Moss said it best ‘Who would want to play with him?’

  3. That means he will be useless in the playoff. If he blows up again during a game, he will be less than useless.

  4. He ended his NFL career the second he took his shirt off. He is unlikable but I think it’s just he is mentally ill. Not gonna be pretty as he gets older unless he gets some help.

  5. Brown needs mental help. Hdre’s a quote from Brown posted on CBS:

    “If Tom Brady’s my boy, why am I not playing on an honest salary?” Brown said on the “Full Send Podcast” on Friday. “You my boy though, right? [Rob] Gronkowski his boy, right? How much he get paid? So why is AB on a prove it deal?”

    HE’s on a “prove-it” deal due to the nonsense that keeps getting him kicked off of teams, not how well he plays.

  6. Not an AB defender, but he could’ve made the Hall Of Fame if he kept it together in Pittsburgh. That being said, it’s going to be tough sledding for him to make it back on an NFL Roster. It’s hard to alienate yourself from basically 4 teams, then to come back like everything is good. I could really see Baltimore signing him to the worst contract ever, and he’ll probably take it…

  7. I don’t think any playoff GM or Coach wants the distraction of having him on the roster this year. There would be too much national media criticism.

  8. In order to sign, he has to pass a physical, if his mri is legit that’s unlikely. I don’t think he can be signed and put on IR, he’d be practice squad where he could be in theory be poached or on an active roster inactive until he can play.

  9. txpatsfan says:
    January 8, 2022 at 12:34 pm
    Regardless of how hurt he is, it his to his advantage to claim injury so he can continue to collect a paycheck. Sure, refusing to go into the game could let the Bucs void his contract, unless he can substantiate that he was too injured to play.
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    $916,000 base salary with $1 million in incentives within reach. Yup, easier for him to claim injury to collect a game check, which is $54,000 a game. Really?????

  10. This will end in tragedy. Everyone still putting this guy’s ill behavior on display is culpable.

  11. AB just doesn’t get it and he probably never will. I’m absolutely amazed he lasted this long in the league – shows that Tomlin must have excused and covered up a great deal of conduct detrimental to the team over there in Pittsburgh.

  12. Brown can run just fine. Ever since he jumping jacked his way out of the last Bucs game, he’s been running his mouth off faster than Bolt in a 100 meter dash.

  13. AB’s NFL career is over. Doesn’t matter that he can play. No team is going to trust him and he’s 34. He needed Brady to stick out his neck for him to bring him to Tampa, and then went off on him on social media after he quit on the team. No other player, with any clout, will do that now.

  14. Brown would make millions doing a tell all interview about fake fraud Brady and his connections to Guerrero involving Brazilian HGH and other undercover cheating methods that Brady is using. I’m sure Guerrero and Brady provided the source and covered up for browns fake vaccination card.

  15. AB needs help and understanding, the Bucs really need to support him at this critical time in his life.

  16. He also was questioning why he was on a prove it deal but Gronk wasn’t. Like his last 3 teams weren’t happy to see him leave.

  17. AB is creepy. In addition to all of his other problems, he tends to refer to himself in the third person…..creepy.

  18. He should have a cat scan. He’s saying tom Brady is his boy why ain’t he paid like that? Tom Brady isn’t in charge of paying players. Way to burn that bridge. The only guy he stepped up for you and you burned that bridge

  19. If the Raiders win on Sunday they should bring him in for the playoffs. He already knows the playbook, and has spent time working with Carr.

  20. Still haven’t seen an article on this site about him and his agent requesting to be paid the 2 million up front the week leading up to the jets game. Which was denied. I wonder why

  21. No one grabbed him off of waivers…I think that’s a pretty good sign that no team wants any part of him at this point. If one does,they deserve whatever they get.

  22. Brown’s career is over, so media outlets need to stop reporting on him. No team, no matter how much WR help they need, is going to consider Brown after his latest antics. He’s a massive distraction that can’t stay healthy. His current condition is no laughing matter and is severely mental ill. Unless he gets help, his story (or life in general) will end in a very sad way.

  23. “Antonio Brown says he can’t currently play “at a hundred percent”

    AB can’t think at 100%, and that is the problem.

  24. Aside from kickers and punters, No player ever 100% after game 1.

    Football takes a physical toll, that’s just part of the game. There is a difference between bumps and bruises and real injuries. Playing through that is what trainers and team doctors are for.

  25. When T.O finally couldn’t get a job in the NFL he was never from again except for a occasional blip….I’m hoping AB IS READY for being ignored now by the fans, the NFL and the media.

  26. This seems pretty simple. He wasn’t at 100% for the top Super Bowl Contender a week ago and decided he couldn’t play, supposedly because of his ankle.

    So….how is it now he can play, less than 100%, for a different Super Bowl contender?

    This is about targets, NO ONE is signing a notorious head case and troublemaker before the playoffs who can disrupt the QB and the WR corps….that makes zero sense.

    In the NFL – it’s over for this guy.

    He probably has a future in the USFL

  27. 100% 90% 10% whatever. When you multiply it by 0 playing time the result is the same. Math!

  28. The only team I could see giving him a shot are the Chiefs, and that’s like 2% only because they are so loaded with talent. He’s likely done in this league… could you imagine seeing him walk into your locker room as a playoff team and being like, “Having him here is a great idea”?

  29. “can’t currently play “at a hundred percent” is that mentally or physically ?…never mind I think we know.

  30. This is technically accurate. of course he suffers from the same issue as the headless horseman from Sleepy Hollow, no brain. At least not a functioning one.

  31. Ignoring his mental/personality issues for a moment, is a less than 100% AB still the best possible option for a team struggling with receivers? Are there zero viable options on any practice squads or perhaps some team’s WR4 that can be acquired for a 7th round pick?

  32. We’re 16 games into the football season and there isn’t a single player that’s 100%. Lots weren’t 100% at the beginning of the season. Heck, I’m not 100%, and I don’t play a violent game. My shoulder’s a little sore. My right knee hurts a little when I run without warming up.

  33. He will definitely find another job easily. Guy is a class act who’s been mistreated at every team he’s played for. Will some team just give him an ACTUAL chance? Hopefully ends up in Denver, great young QB and only a WR away from being elite.

  34. It’s not a MRI of AB’s ankle that concerns anyone. It’s the CAT Scan of his brain.

  35. uptheirons80 says:
    January 8, 2022 at 1:50 pm
    If the Raiders win on Sunday they should bring him in for the playoffs. He already knows the playbook, and has spent time working with Carr.
    —————————————————————————————————————Were you were in hibernation when AB had his cryotherapy issue, then his helmet issue, then missed practices, then wanted to fight the GM? Yeah, they should bring him back.

  36. I’m tired of Antonio Brown; tired of Colin Kaepernick; tired of Rob Gronkowski; tired of Laveon Bell; tired of jerks. Sick and tired.

  37. He signed a one-year contract which means it expires after this week’s games. Regardless of whether he’s injured or not, he won’t get any more money from the Bucs.

    I hope he saved some of his money. He’ll be lucky to get another contract and after what he said about Brady he may return to Brady’s house and find his stuff all packed up in a box outside. Poor AB.

    Did you notice in all his statements everyone else is to blame for his childishness?

  38. thurmanmerman99 says:
    January 8, 2022 at 1:08 pm
    Brown would make millions doing a tell all interview about fake fraud Brady and his connections to Guerrero involving Brazilian HGH and other undercover cheating methods that Brady is using

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    Hahaha…crazy conspiracy take as usual.

    Brady has cheated you out of a normal relationship with the fact that the Pats have owned the Colts for years – that’s about all the cheating there is.

  39. Brown would make millions doing a tell all interview about fake fraud Brady and his connections to Guerrero involving Brazilian HGH and other undercover cheating methods that Brady is using. I’m sure Guerrero and Brady provided the source and covered up for browns fake vaccination card.
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    Beautiful! Q is on line 1 for you.

  40. If any NFL team signs Antonio Brown, it will confirm what many of us already think — that as long as you are good player, the NFL wants you no matter what you do.
    Brown needs mental health. Do people forget he threw a tantrum in Pittsburgh because he wasn’t named a co-captain? Do they forget that Mike Tomlin threw him off the bench and into the locker room during a game?
    Do they forget his troubles with the Raiders?
    And now — unbelievably — he is even dissing Tom Brady, who has stuck by him more than anyone!!!
    Antonio Brown should never be seen in an NFL uniform again. Instead, someone — anyone — needs to convince him to seek mental health treatment before it’s too late.

  41. it amazes me how many people hate AB, I do know one thing if anyone of youll were hurt on your job and they asked you to keep going youll would say no. just being real

  42. Who cares, all his tweets and his action now and past. The league does not care not a thought of any punishment for this character. The NFL looks bad on all this

  43. Of course he’s not 100 that a male is only good enough to run, dance, and strip around the stadium

  44. Christopher Allan says:
    January 8, 2022 at 12:56 pm
    txpatsfan says:
    January 8, 2022 at 12:34 pm
    Regardless of how hurt he is, it his to his advantage to claim injury so he can continue to collect a paycheck. Sure, refusing to go into the game could let the Bucs void his contract, unless he can substantiate that he was too injured to play.
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    $916,000 base salary with $1 million in incentives within reach. Yup, easier for him to claim injury to collect a game check, which is $54,000 a game. Really?????
    ————————
    I am talking post-blow up, not pre blow-up. Once he tossed his jersey into the stands he was done making incentives. He is likely doing damage control to try and keep the money coming in.

  45. Hope AB gets to play with a good QB sometime instead of a noodle arm who was suspended for cheating.

  46. Prediction: If Bucs reach the Super Bowl they will bring back AB. You heard it here first. Watch..

  47. “plenty of armchair doctors”……while acknowledging this patronizing attempt of snark, it might be a piece of useful information to you that one -maybe more- of these people may actually be an M.D….actually a bonified Podiatrist….who’s of the opinion that his ankle was not bothered, too bad, considering his movements as he was leaving the field.

  48. Packers should sign him since Rodgers cries about not getting anyone and let their egos clash and grab the popcorn

  49. Once you screw Tom Brady over you are a non person in the NFL.
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    Wish that was true with Goodell. .

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