While it is best to not count your chickens before they hatch, if Tom Brady does sign with Tampa Bay will Antonio Brown follow in his tracks?
If the Buccaneers do sign Tom Brady, he will be one of the biggest free-agent acquisitions in the history of the team. Brady is widely considered to be the best quarterback of all time, but what if he brings one of the best wide receivers of the modern era with him in Antonio Brown?
Antonio Brown may come as a shock for many reasons, but in reality, this could potentially work out for the Buccaneers even if they do already have two stellar wide receivers.
AB went from being on pace to be one of the best wide receivers ever to being out of the league in a frighteningly quick period and is currently not playing in the NFL due a series of questionable decisions.
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While this move seems questionable, at least give it some thought before completely ruling it out. People did the same things over the last few months when it was believed that Brady had a shot of being a Buccaneer and look where we are now…
The Buccaneers do not need Antonio Brown. He has been a locker room distraction and has been mixed up in some bad decisions over the last few months. It should also be apparent that the Buccaneers already have some of the best receivers in the NFL on their roster as it stands.
With all that in mind, adding AB to the roster is not entirely out of the question.
For starters, taking the already-elite Buccaneer receiving corps and pushing it to the next level would only be to the team’s benefit. Adding one of the best receivers of the decade, a player that has a short history with Brady, would only be to the benefit of the team if Brady does in fact sign with the Bucs.
Antonio Brown may have experienced a short stint in New England but it was clear that he and Brady had a very quick connection.
While the biggest issue with this deal would be money, there is a chance that this would be a non-factor.
Seeing how AB has been without a job due to his social outbursts, it is likely that the Buccaneers could bring him in for an extremely cheap contract as a means of helping Brown rehab his image.
Antonio Brown certainly has the talent to be the WR1 on any team in the league if he can just get his behavior under control, and a cheap contract with the Buccaneers alongside a quarterback that he trusts would be the perfect way to try to turn things around.
This move would only work if Brown was willing to play on an extremely small contract, but something has to be better than nothing.
This deal is a far longer shot than the one with Tom Brady due to legal issues and previous run-ins with the NFL, but the pairing of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown alongside Tom Brady is easy to get lost in with even the most realistic mindset.