Despite rumors that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could bring in a favored target of Tom Brady’s in free-agency, it’s not seeming likely to happen.
Though several weeks ago many Buccaneers fans though there wasn’t a chance in the world of the six-time Super Bowl winner coming to Tampa, now thousands of fans are lining up for season tickets.
Since the news of Brady broke Tuesday afternoon, there have been several conversations by NFL insiders on other free-agents and potential trade partners for the Buccaneers.
One of the biggest names was WR Antonio Brown.
Though there seemed to be some speculation earlier in the week that Tampa Bay was interested in signing Brown and pairing him Brady- something that the QB’s camp has expressed interest in- it seems that isn’t going to happen.
NFL Analyst Ian Rapoport said that Brady wants to bring Brown to Tampa, but Bruce Arians wasn’t sold.
In addition, Pittsburgh Steelers Insider Gerry Dulac said his sources have told him that Brown to Tampa “ain’t happening.”
While the idea of bringing in a wide receiver of Antonio Brown’s talent certainly sounds exciting, there are just too many peripheral issues to simply ignore at this time.
Brown was cut by the New England Patriots not that long ago and has not been the type of player any team would likely want in the locker room. He was forced out of the Steelers and Raiders organizations and just seems like an extremely high risk for a Buccaneers team that already possesses a ton of talent at wide receiver.
You’d be talking about a situation where Brown would be joining a team full of young talent. How would that young talent respond? What chemistry issues would develop? Even if Brown worked out the off-the-field issues, is he still even capable of producing at a high level after a full year off from football?