Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not going to land wide receiver Antonio Brown, according to their head coach Bruce Arians. Buccs’ leader stated that tonight, trying to shut down all the speculations which appeared in the media after Tom Brady’s move to Florida.
“Yeah, it’s not gonna happen,” Arians sated. “There’s no room. And probably not enough money. But it’s not gonna happen — it’s not a fit here.”
By “fit,” Arians meant that Brown’s presence in the locker room wouldn’t bring anything positive. Buccs’ head coach received a question by the journalist who did the interview with him, whether he thinks that AB would accept the “culture” of the team.
“No,” Arians replied. “Yeah, I just know him, and — it’s not a fit in our locker room.”
News: Even though he expressed interest in joining them, the #Buccaneers will *not* sign All-Pro WR Antonio Brown.
Bruce Arians confirmed.
""Yea, it’s not gonna happen. There’s no room. It’s just not gonna happen. It’s just not a fit here."pic.twitter.com/Yf6ZUrth95
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 26, 2020
After all he did in the past two years, Brown’s reputation changed from bad to worse. From being arguably the best wide receiver in the league, and one of the biggest stars, he became a liability. We often saw him performing publicity stunts, which eventually ended badly for both him and the team where he appeared.
Everything started during his last year with the Steelers, when he began forcing his way out of the organization by violating disciplinary rules in the final few weeks of the 2018 season.
After being traded to the Oakland Raiders, where he became the face of the franchise and the leader of Jon Gruden’s crew, many believed that AB would calm down, as he now has his own team. The Raiders had high ambitions and were building a team that could attack the Super Bowl pretty soon.
However, his temperament ruined everything. The problems with the helmet, the frostbites, and eventually a personal dispute with the General Manager Mike Mayock, forced the Raiders to release the troublemaker. The vast majority of the fans believed that the entire situation with the Raiders was just a way of creating hype around the silver and black. The franchise was off to a fresh start with Gruden on board, with massive plans for the future, and it needed publicity after years of being unrecognizable.
In the end, it wasn’t like that.
Shortly after, several other scandals he performed emerged to the surface, among which one considering sexual harassment. Bill Belichick wanted to give Brown a chance to play for the Patriots, and pair up him with Tom Brady. However, his stay in Foxborough produced just one game, with the player being released quickly.
Yet, all these situations weren’t the only reason why Arians didn’t want Brown around. He and AB already worked together, back in Pittsburgh, and that cooperation didn’t create some sweet memories.
Arians would often criticize Brown for his attitude, saying that he behaved like a “diva.” The 67-year old didn’t try to dispute AB’s playing capabilities in any way, and the only remark he had was on his off-field behavior.
Brown’s arrival to Tampa Bay would be an earthquake for sure. The Bucs would have arguably the best QB and WR in the last decade. It would be a good financial move for the franchise from Florida also, because of all the hype surrounding Brown. But it seems that Arians’ focus is on results and that he wants to use Brady’s two years in the best possible way without any potential problems around.
Apart from that, Tampa already has excellent wide receiving core, with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin both being Pro Bowlers this season, each one catching 1,100 yards during the previous campaign.
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