It doesn’t look like Antonio Brown is going to be playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers anytime soon.
Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians bluntly shot down the idea of signing Brown while speaking to the media last week. Brown, who played briefly for New England in 2019, has expressed interest in teaming up with Tom Brady again.
“Yeah, it’s not going to happen,” he said on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “There’s no room. It’s just not going to happen. It’s just not a fit here.”
Bucs GM Jason Licht appeared on ESPN’s Get Up! on Monday morning. He, too, was asked about potentially signing Brown.
“We feel like there’s a lot of teams that are struggling to find one really good receiver,” Licht said. “And we have two really outstanding receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Right now, there’s only so much money that can go around. There is no plan to sign any other receiver at this time. Antonio is somebody Bruce has come out and had some words about. Bruce knows him better than all of us. Right now, I’d just say that we’re focused on other areas of our team.”
Brown played in one game for New England last season after getting released by the Raiders. He reportedly bonded with Brady, but it doesn’t look like a reunion is happening.
It’s possible Brown will face an NFL suspension if he returns to the league, too. He was released by the Patriots after new sexual assault allegations surfaced.
Brown, 31, is a seven-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro.