Buccaneers fans only need to ask themselves one thing about Antonio Brown.
Antonio Brown has created waves throughout the NFL world after returning from his suspension for misrepresenting his vaccine status to the Buccaneers. Fans and analysts alike wondered what would happen to the star receiver, especially when considering that it looked like he would be on thin ice in Tampa, but we have out answer now.
Brown is the WR1 for Tom Brady and the Bucs today. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are out, and Brown is the only answer for the Buccaneers if they actually want to win.
AB and his current status on the Bucs’ roster boils down to one question with a very obvious answer; does he put the team in a better position to win?
Everything else is extraneous. The Buccaneers are a team that is focused on winning football games, and cutting players that make this prospect more attainable is foolish.
You may not like what Brown has done, but taking moral stances to lose games solely for the sake of taking a stance can’t be what the fans want. Some people may like to be upset that he is on the team, but wouldn’t those same people be upset with the team losing two of their last three games because they have no reliable receiving threats?
Pleasing fans is an impossible business. It isn’t the job for the team to make every decision that the fans vote on. It isn’t even the Bucs’ job to set moral examples for kids and other fans to follow. The only job is to win football games.
This may be a tough pill to swallow, but it’s not like the rest of the NFL would do anything different in the same situation. Aaron Rodgers is still gainfully employed, and in fact, he is the frontrunner to win MVP.
Value on the field will always outweigh the mistakes off the field, and Brown will prove today the he brings plenty of value on the field.
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