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Antonio Brown, Buccaneers Agree to 1-Year, $3.1M Contract; Worth Up to $6.25M

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) runs with the ball after a reception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
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Wide receiver Antonio Brown re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, agent Ed Wasielewski told the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.  

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network provided a breakdown of the one-year contract, which carries a maximum value of $6.25 million:

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

Antonio Brown’s one-year deal with the #Bucs is worth up to $6.25 million with $3.1M fully guaranteed, including a $2M signing bonus, per his agent @ed_waz of @EMGSportsAgents. A nice payday for the seven-time Pro Bowl WR -- and a chance to help Tampa Bay go for two.

Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro, caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four scores for the Bucs in eight games last season. He went from being the primary target in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense during his prime to a complementary piece with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in Tampa. 

The 32-year-old was involved in several issues between Pittsburgh and Tampa, playing in just one contest in the 2019 season. After forcing a trade to the Las Vegas Raiders that year, he had a falling out with the team before the season began and was ultimately released.

The New England Patriots signed him, but he was released after one game amid various off-field and legal issues, which included Brown's former personal trainer Britney Taylor accusing him in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting her on three separate occasions, including one instance of rape. The sides reached a settlement agreement last week to end the civil proceedings.

In June 2020, he also pleaded no-contest to a felony burglary with battery charge and two other misdemeanors, facing no jail time as a part of the plea agreement.

Brown was suspended for the first eight games of the 2020 season for multiple violations of the league's personal-conduct policy and signed a one-year deal with the Bucs in October. 

He played well for the Bucs, fitting into an already dangerous offense, though a knee injury kept him out of the NFC Championship Game. He posted five receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl LV.

But he proved last season he could still be a quality contributor on a good offense, and he's a player who Tom Brady trusts. It isn't a surprise to see him back in Tampa.  

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