Much has been made of the masterful offseason by Jason Licht and company to bring back all 22 starters of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 Super Bowl championship team in an attempt to run it back and beyond. The list of potential free agents heading into the spring seemed almost endless, including names like Shaq Barrett, Lavonte David, Chris Godwin just to name a few. Yet the Buccaneers were able to get it done, and are clear-cut favorites to repeat as a result.
The last man standing on that list, however, was the name that kept popping up when the Bucs “all 22” accomplishment was being touted. That name is Antonio Brown.
Brown may not have technically been a starter, but he was a key contributor on a championship team, even scoring a touchdown in Super Bowl LV. Many want the Buccaneers to bring Brown back, who at one time was the best receiver in football, in hopes that he can reclaim that glory whilst wearing the pewter-colored jerseys.
While Brown still has all of the talent in the world, there are three big reasons the Buccaneers do not need to bring him back. None of which are his character concerns and checkered past. Frankly, that’s low-hanging fruit and AB has shown he can behave when he has a structured environment and Tom Brady as a chaperone. Speaking of Brady, that brings us to our first reason why the Buccaneers don’t need to re-sign Antonio Brown.