Antonio Brown Agrees to Reported 1-Year Bucs Contract, Reunites with Tom Brady

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

El wide receiver Antonio Brown de los Patriots de Nueva Inglaterra durante el partido ante los Dolphins de Miami, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2019, en Miami Gardens, Florid. (AP Foto/Lynne Sladky, archivo)
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Antonio Brown is getting another chance to play in the NFL after reportedly agreeing to a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Brown signed a one-year contract worth $1 million with the option to earn an additional $1.5 million in bonuses. 

B/R Gridiron @brgridiron

Antonio Brown’s Bucs deal has a max value of $2.5M, per @AdamSchefter. Bonuses: — $750K for a Super Bowl win — $250K for receptions — $250K for yards — $250K for TDs https://t.co/NqRF1JGC3V

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Antonio Brown has to hit the individual marks and Tampa has to make the playoffs for him to cash on his $1.5 million worth of incentives. To earn any incentive, Bucs have to make playoffs. https://t.co/HVgU54aS1g

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht later confirmed Sunday on Bucs Radio (h/t Jenna Laine of ESPN) that Brown had officially signed his contract.

Schefter reported on Oct. 21 that teams were preparing to make an offer to Brown when his eight-game suspension came to an end after Week 8.

If the deal gets done, Brown will be eligible to play for Tampa in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints

The NFL announced Brown's eight-game suspension in July:

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

More from the NFL on Antonio Brown’s eight-game suspension (at least). He’d be allowed to participate in training camp if a team signs him, with the suspension taking effect Sept. 5. https://t.co/kXHbrkyBSo

Brown has been a free agent since being released by the New England Patriots on Sept. 20, 2019. Brown played in one game for the Patriots.

Brown's release came 10 days after his former trainer, Brittney Taylor, accused him of sexual assault and rape in a federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida.

In the lawsuit, Taylor said Brown sexually assaulted her on two different occasions in 2017 and raped her after forcing himself on her in 2018. Brown denied Taylor's allegations in a statement released by his attorney.

On Sept. 16, 2019, Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated reported a female artist Brown hired to paint a mural at his home said he made unwanted sexual advances toward her.

Three days later, Klemko reported the artist's lawyer sent a letter to the NFL regarding "intimidating texts" Brown sent his client after her accusations against him.

In June, Brown pleaded no contest to a felony burglary with battery charge and two misdemeanors after allegedly physically assaulting a delivery truck driver in Florida in January. The suspension stemmed from those charges as well as the sexual misconduct allegation and threatening texts. 

Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Brown could face further punishment from the NFL related to Taylor's lawsuit and allegations, which the league is still investigating. 

Brown's short time with the Patriots came after he was released by the Oakland Raiders following a series of incidents that included a grievance about the helmet he could wear and a foot injury caused by wearing improper footwear in a cryotherapy machine.

Brown had at least 100 receptions and 1,200 yards in each of his last six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.    

The Bucs certainly aren't lacking impact talent at wide receiver with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin each capable of taking over games. Godwin has been dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out for two games earlier this season. 

With Tom Brady steadying the ship at quarterback, bringing in Brown makes sense from a football perspective. He has a previous relationship with Brady from their brief time together as teammates with the New England Patriots. 

Brady is a quarterback who historically needs to trust his receivers in order to throw the ball in their direction. 

There will be concerns about what Brown might be off the field for the Buccaneers given his long list of problems over the past year. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in March that Bucs head coach Bruce Arians didn't have a great experience working with Brown when he was offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

If Brown returns to being the player he was at his best with the Steelers, Tampa Bay will have the best trio of wide receivers in the NFL and is in prime position to stay atop the NFC South in its quest to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.