The Buccaneers can spend luxury money on receiver
At this point, the Bucs should still be able to bring back one more key free agent, and the argument comes down to Ndamukong Suh and Antonio Brown. If, at the end of the day, Brown keeps Brady happy, using this money on him over Suh makes the most sense.
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Suh assuredly has the more significant impact on the Buccaneers as a whole. Tampa Bay already has plenty of pass-catchers for Brady to rely on, but the depth at defensive line is thin, to say the least. Regardless, Brady was the one to restructure his deal, so it makes sense that he should have a say on how the money is spent.
Brady, who was the most prominent advocate for Brown coming to the Bucs and actually went against Bruce Arians’ wishes, seems like he will go out of his way to bring Brown back for as long as possible. That inexplicable connection that led to Brown living with Brady didn’t just expire after a Super Bowl victory, so the desire to keep Brown isn’t disappearing anytime soon.
Assuming Brady keeps the administrative authority that he has developed over the past year, keeping Brown should be a priority if Brady wants him to stay.
Brady and Brown clearly have plenty of chemistry to rely on as a competitive team, and between injuries and Brady’s desire to keep a close teammate on the roster, Brown needs to be one of the next players on the team to earn an extension.
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