Bucs, Antonio Brown At Standstill

Antonio Brown wants to return to the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers would love to have him back. Unfortunately, the two sides remain at a standstill, according to Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times.

Even after re-signing the majority of their stars, the Buccaneers have a shade over $5MM in cap room. Half of that space will go towards signing the incoming draft class, which probably means that the Bucs are offering Brown a one-year, ~$2MM deal.

We’re just gonna take our time,” head coach Bruce Arians said recently. “There’s offers out there. We’ll see how it goes.”

After his suspension, Brown recorded 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns across eight games. Extrapolated for a full 16-game season, he would have been on pace for 90 catches, 966 yards, and eight touchdowns. At least, that’s the type of math that Brown’s camp is likely presenting. The Bucs’ negotiators would probably note that all of Brown’s TDs and 20 of his 45 catches came in the final three weeks of the regular season.

With Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski ready to go, the Bucs could comfortably move ahead without Brown. Meanwhile, it’s not clear if there are any other suitors for AB, so there’s no real sense of urgency in Tampa.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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  1. rondon

    An old friend of mine used to call guys like this an “I burger with Me sauce”.

  2. fathead0507

    If DJax can get 4.5mill for being a 1 trick pony and playing 4 games a yr AB should be able to secure that .. don’t blame him ..

    • padam

      Other than him spinning off the planet, beggars can’t be choosers. His baggage is a concern and perception most likely won’t change, thus he probably will have to take what’s offered in order to remain viable. I one else is knocking on his door.

    • Rocket32

      fathead0507 The thing is, AB is an unpredictable headcase. Sure, he’s behaved well enough with Brady around but you really don’t know what you’re getting with his antics in recent years. Plus he’s 32 now. His best years already went to the Steelers.

      Teams are right to be cautious of committing any real money to a headcase who’s play is starting to decline.

  3. osfandan

    Ravens should swoop in. Much rather risk AB in the clubhouse and take an OL or Edge in the 1st round.

    • ftasports

      This is true. Hell, they had a murderer in the clubhouse and he’s been revered a saint!

  4. sckoul

    The bucs should be going for Larry Fitz and let AB walk. Bucs can’t afford him. His value is $4-$5 million for a year. AB should be trying to go to KC.

    • joemoes

      Fitz won’t go anywhere else. Cardinals honestly are in the conversation for SB contender. Not the best but in the conversation. Solid D solid wrs borderline great qb coming into his prime biggest weakness is running back?

      • Tom

        The Cardinals aren’t winning the SB. If they’re in the conversation, they’re in the conversation with 20 other teams. If Fitz wants a legit shot at a tile, the Bucs are in the conversation with 2-3 other teams. Big difference.

        • ron swanson

          I agree Cardinals probably have the worst roster in their division. They might be the favorites if they were in the NFC East.

          • bradthebluefish

            That’s what’s difficult. Cardinals are talented but have six tough games against other NFC West teams.

  5. jb10000lakes

    I’d certainly give Fitz a call and see if he was at all interested. He’s had his career, the Cards have moved on, he owes them nothing at this point. Nothing wrong with going after a ring at this point, heck most the fans (even in the Az) wouldn’t fault him for that.

  6. bradthebluefish

    Should’ve let Godwin go so the Bucs could sign AB and another OL.

    • peterdipersio06

      This is the craziest thing I’ve heard on here! Let Godwin go so they could sign AB and another OL! Forest Gump once said “ stupid is as stupid does “ Godwin was more productive than Evans! Why would you let him go ? So, you would rather keep rock for brains brown than Godwin ? You must live in England and talking about their soccer team!

  7. mstrblstr2

    Mr Brown, Sir, You are an extremely good WR and we had the luxury of having you with our team for half of the season last year and then for the playoff run and SB. We enjoyed great success togeather and you were able to share in the dubious distinction of being a SB Champion along with the rest of our very talented Buccaneer Team. We would love to have you rejoin our team for the coming season. We have a job for a fill in 3rd or 4th WR that pays X amount with possible incentives. You are a talented and viable commodity to our team but honestly you carry some negative baggage with you in that of impending lawsuits and possible suspension’s by the league. We have already had to turn over records pertaining to your employment and we are willing to go to court with you in order to backup your good standings with our team. As previously stated the position of employment with our team is not for a #1 or #2 WR and is fill in duty at best. For this position we can only pay this as we are also looking at other options already on our team and within the draft. We like every other team in the league are bound by this years lowered salary cap and we are making team adjustments so that we meet our obligations and fit under said cap. In return you will enjoy the pleasure of working along with our other players on a team that has arrived and is vying for another SB birth. This has and will pay future dividends in more lucrative contracts for you and many Buccaneer players in the near future. We need to have a commitment from you as soon as possible so that we know where we need to prioritize are draft needs. Thank you for your past contributions to this team and hopefully to those in the future. Buc’s Management

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