Buccaneers: Jason Licht keeps Antonio Brown hopes alive

Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Antonio Brown to the Buccaneers is still alive.

The Antonio Brown roller coaster with the Buccaneers will continue. After months of ups and downs between returning and not returning, there is still no clear end in sight. No one but Brown knows whether he will sign the Bucs’ offer and rejoin the defending Super Bowl champs, but Jason Licht made it clear that this door is still open.

During a time where everyone has a “source” and misinformation is all too easy to come by, hearing this news directly from the GM is telling.

The Bucs don’t want to turn down any help in an attempt to return to the Super Bowl, and Licht made it clear in a statement today that negotiations are still ongoing with the polarizing receiver.

The statement from Licht comes on the news that Brown has settled the 2019 lawsuit that accused him of sexual assault and rape. Allegations such as this made it extremely difficult for some Bucs fans to support the team signing Brown, and they also made it difficult to sign him to a long-term deal while they were pending.

Now that the Bucs can be sure that this case is in the past, they could be willing to offer him a bit more money with some assurances that no other legal trouble will follow.

The other opportunity for Jason Licht and company is to leave the current offer on the table. Even without the case, Brown is still a sort of loose cannon, and giving him any level of guaranteed money is dangerous. If Brown doesn’t take the current deal, a rookie could be a cheaper option without some of the character concerns, but the biggest issue with this plan is Brown’s sportsmanship from 2020. Everyone on the team loved having him here, which could play a role in getting Brown back.

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There is still time for both of these parties to reach an agreement or ruin the situation entirely, but the one thing that is sure for now is that a return is not out of the question.

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