Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Three reasons not to re-sign Antonio Brown

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The Buccaneers have young talent on their roster.

The biggest reason that the Buccaneers don’t need to bring Antonio Brown back into the fold is because of the young talent at the wide receiver position they already have on their roster, and at cheaper costs to boot.

Scotty Miller proved his worth by sneaking up on teams for big plays and even bigger production, seemingly coming out of nowhere like so many of Brady’s favorite targets before him. None bigger than his touchdown catch on a bomb to end the first half of the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.

Then there’s Tyler Johnson.

In his rookie year, Johnson showed some promise. He’s a big receiver. At 6-feet-1-inch and 206 pounds, his above-average frame is a tough matchup for most NFL corners on the outside. What could potentially set Johnson apart from his contemporaries though are his hands, and Johnson showed in 2020 that he has exceptional hands. During the divisional round against the division rival New Orleans Saints, with the score tied at 20 with just under 14 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Johnson hauled in a Brady pass to convert a 3rd and 11 that left Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in awe. Buck went so far as to say it was “one of the best catches you’ll ever see!” He is certainly a player to watch out for.

Bringing back AB could potentially hinder the development of Miller and Brown, not to too much of a degree, but certainly enough to slow it down. Both look to be rapidly improving, and the best way for them to see their full potential is to get as many reps in practice, and as many snaps in games as possible.

Miller and Johnson can do great things for the Buccaneers, so with that in mind, coupled with the draft, salary situation, and who is throwing the ball, there really is no need to bring back Antonio Brown, as much as it may sting.