Buccaneers: Antonio Brown’s future status with team uncertain

Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

It is unclear whether or not Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown will be back with the Buccaneers after his suspension is over.

It seems like the wait for AB to return to the Bucs has been almost over forever, yet another wrench gets thrown into plans. First, it was the nagging ankle injury that seemingly never healed, and most recently, and notably, his three game suspension for falsifying a vaccination card. Waiting for him to return to the field is basically like waiting for Dr. Dre’s Detox to drop at this point.

On a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, head coach Bruce Arians expressed the team’s uncertainty to bring the talented yet troubled wide receiver back into the fold. Arians said on the matter “it could go either way right now, it really could.”

Talk about a turn of events. There is no denying the talent of AB. The man is remarkable when he’s on the field. There’s no other way to put it. When he’s on the field.

Whether it be injury, or as some might say “nefarious” off-the-field shenanigans, the question once again is posed as to whether or not he is simply worth the trouble.

Tom Brady has repeatedly gone to bat for the guy time and time again, only to get plunked on his glorious elbow by the fastball that is the career of AB. It’s easy see why he would, the talent and rapport are both there.

The thing is, Brady and the Bucs aren’t exactly lacking either when it comes to their pass-catchers. The offense has been chugging along just fine, with Brady looking like a 44 year old MVP, Chris Godwin emerging even more, Mike Evans doing Mike Evans things, and Breshad Perriman of all people catching a walk-off touchdown. That’s not even mentioning the tight ends, or even the running game coming alive.

The point is, no matter what the Buccaneers choose to do with Antonio Brown, they will be fine either way. Obviously it’d be great to have him, but it has to be pondered on if it’s really worth it.