Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are set to to battle in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be short one wide receiver.
The Bucs announced on Friday that Antonio Brown will not play against the Green Bay Packers.
Brown sat out the second half of last week’s win over the New Orleans Saints because of a knee injury. While it is not believed to be serious, it was enough to keep the seven-time Pro Bowler out of practice all week, and now he will be sidelined for Sunday’s game.
Brown has three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in two postseason games this year. He caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season.
Snow is in the forecast for Green Bay on Sunday, so both teams may have to lean on their running games.
Bruce Arians defended Antonio Brown on Wednesday at a time when the receiver is receiving negative attention.
News emerged on Monday that Brown was involved in an incident at the security hut for the gated community where he lives.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said that they were aware of the incident prior to signing the receiver. The NFL reportedly did not know about it.
Arians was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio Wednesday and was asked whether the incident has given the team concern about Brown.
“Really none,” Arians said. “We knew of the incident. He’s been a model citizen. If and when he’s not, we’ll move on. He knows that, and our team knows that. I don’t really think we’re going to have any problems. We haven’t had any so far, and I wouldn’t anticipate any.”
That is very similar to what the Bucs said in their statement after Browns’ incident was reported on Monday. Brown has played in two games for the Bucs and has 10 catches for 100 yards. He is living with Tom Brady, which may help keep his behavior in check.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claim they were aware of Antonio Brown’s latest troubling off-field incident before they signed him last month, but apparently the same was not true for the NFL.
NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy said Tuesday that the league is reviewing the Oct. 15 incident in which Brown allegedly destroyed a security camera at his gated community in Hollywood, Fla. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the NFL was unaware of the incident before Brown was reinstated from his eight-game suspension.
Brown was accused of angrily destroying a surveillance camera and throwing his bicycle at a security hut roughly two weeks before he signed with the Bucs. Police felt they had enough to charge Brown with misdemeanor criminal mischief, but the homeowner’s association said Brown agreed to replace the camera so they did not want to press charges.
The Bucs issued a statement on Monday saying they were aware of the incident before signing Brown.
Pelissero also noted that the NFL is still monitoring a civil case in Florida in which Brown was accused of rape. A hearing is set for Jan. 11 in that case, and Brown could face further discipline if new information arises. That case stems from one of two instances where Brown was accused of sexual misconduct.
Brown has been at the center of numerous embarrassing off-field incidents. Despite all of that, Tom Brady has maintained a close relationship with the star receiver and pushed for Tampa Bay to sign him. If it doesn’t work out, Brady will be at least partially responsible.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are clarifying what they knew about Antonio Brown’s latest off-field instance when they made the decision to sign him.
A new report indicates that Brown was accused of destroying a surveillance camera and throwing his bike at a security hut in his gated Florida residential community. The alleged incident took place 12 days before the Buccaneers signed Brown.
In a statement, the Buccaneers clarified that they knew about the incident and have been satisfied by Brown’s conduct so far.
“We are aware of the reported incident involving Antonio Brown prior to his signing,” the statement says, via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “When Antonio joined us, we were clear about what we expected and required of him. Thus far, he has met all the expectations we have in place.”
Brown’s infamous off-field behavior led to an eight game suspension to start the 2020 season. It is not clear if he could face any further punishment under the league’s personal conduct policy as a result of this. It sounds like the Buccaneers are standing with him regardless.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Antonio Brown despite a long list of off-field issues he has had in recent years, and apparently the latest took place just before the star wide receiver joined the team.
Brown was accused of angrily destroying a surveillance camera and throwing his bicycle at a security hut at the gated community where he lives in Hollywood, Fla., according to a police report obtained by David Ovalle of the Miami Herald. Police determined that Brown’s actions in the Oct. 15 incident were enough to charge him with misdemeanor criminal mischief, but the homeowner’s association declined to press charges.
The police report states that homeowner’s association president Sylvia Berman feared Brown “may retaliate against her employees.” Berman downplayed that on Monday and told the Herald she did not want to press charges because Brown agreed to replace the broken camera, adding that “it’s not as if we’re afraid of him.”
Alana Burstyn, a spokesperson for Brown, said Brown has been working for months to resolve “minor disputes” with the housing authority. She said the camera incident is being overblown.
“One of the issues involved difficulties that visiting friends and family experienced while attempting to access a visitor gate,” Burstyn said. “That and all other issues have been fully and amicably resolved, and everyone is getting along just fine.”
It’s unclear if the Bucs were aware of the incident when they signed Brown, which was two weeks later on Oct. 27.
Brown was suspended for the first eight games of the season due to violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The security camera incident wasn’t the first he has had at one of his residences. In 2018, Brown threw furniture off the balcony at his luxury apartment in Miami (video here) in a fit of rage. One of the objects was said to have landed close to a 22-month-old boy. The father of that child sued Brown over the incident, and the two sides reached an undisclosed settlement that included Brown writing a check to the boy’s college fund.
In another incident earlier this year, Brown and his trainer were accused of attacking a moving truck driver Brown refused to pay. Brown pleaded no contest to a charge in that incident and avoided jail time.
Not long after the moving truck incident, Brown streamed a video live on his Instagram feed that showed him berating police officers in front of his children at his home.
The Bucs know Brown has gotten into trouble off the field numerous times. They signed him anyway, and it sounds like Tom Brady was the driving force behind the move.
It sounds like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers actually want to lean on Antonio Brown a bit less than they did in his debut going forward.
Brown played 39 snaps in Tampa Bay’s loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. That’s too much from coach Bruce Arians’ perspective, as he made clear that he wants a lower snap count for Brown in Week 10.
“His pitch count was a little higher than we anticipated,” Arians said on his Buccaneers.com show, via JoeBucsFan. “But we tried to go two-minute early in the ballgame just to get some life, so his pitch count was up a little bit. But he handled it really, really well.
“I’m hoping we’re not throwing the ball that much this next week, so hopefully his pitch count goes down.”
The Buccaneers fell behind early to the Saints, and Tom Brady ended up throwing 38 passes. That’s clearly more than the Buccaneers will want to regularly see.
On one hand, this makes sense. On the other, this is probably going to remind people that Arians didn’t particularly want Brown in the first place earlier this season.
Tom Brady is personally invested in the success of troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown, and that could be a major factor in how big of an impact Brown makes in his first game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Several people within the Bucs organization told Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports that Brown will be featured “early and often” against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.
Brady is committed to establishing Brown in Tampa Bay’s offense. Chris Godwin is expected to play after sitting out last game with a broken finger, but one source told La Canfora that Brady is going to make sure Brown sees the ball regardless.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians did not reveal a whole lot about his expectations for Brown’s first game, and it’s possible the Pro Bowler could see a limited snap share. Either way, Brady is almost certainly going to make a concerted effort to get Brown involved.
Brady and Brown have maintained a close relationship since their brief time as teammates with the New England Patriots last year. If you want to know how committed Brady is to helping Brown revive his career, look no further than the duo’s living arrangements. No one should be shocked if Brown quickly emerges as Tampa’s most productive receiver.
Tom Brady was, by all indications, the driving force behind Antonio Brown signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Pro Bowl receiver is already showing love for his teammate in his first week on the active roster.
Brown met with the media on Wednesday for the first time since he signed with the Bucs, and he was rocking Brady’s famous “TB12” hat. Brown praised Brady for being a close friend and “one of the greatest leaders to be around.”
Brown also thanked Bruce Arians for giving him a shot and spoke about his relationship with the coach.
“We have a great relationship. As a kid, coming to Pittsburgh 10 years ago … Bruce Arians was always an asset in my corner,” Brown said, per Greg Auman of The Athletic.
The Bucs almost certainly would not have signed Brown without Brady pushing them to do so. Arians said before the season that Brown wouldn’t be a fit in Tampa Bay, and he also called the troubled receiver a “diva” last year. Brown blasted Arians in response, but apparently that is water under the bridge.
Brady and Brown were teammates for a very brief period with the New England Patriots, but they have remained close since. Given the extensive off-field issues Brown has had, this is likely his last shot to prove he can focus and contribute in the NFL. Brady seems intent on helping Brown do that.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated Antonio Brown from the reserve/suspended list on Tuesday, paving the way for him to play in a big game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. Brown could be in line for a significant role right out of the gate, but head coach Bruce Arians insists there is no set plan for the veteran receiver.
Arians told reporters on Tuesday that he is unsure of how may snaps Brown will play against New Orleans. He did, however, indicate Brown’s role could be a bit limited.
Arians also spoke about how he anticipates Brown helping Tampa Bay’s offense.
Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin is out nursing a broken finger, so there’s a chance Brown could see plenty of targets if Godwin doesn’t play. It should also help Brown that Brady was clearly one of the driving forces behind the team signing the Pro Bowler. Brady will almost certainly want Brown to be involved early and often.
Tom Brady seems like he was never going to let Antonio Brown sign with a team other than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the troubled wide receiver still drew interest elsewhere. According to one report, Brown may have turned down an opportunity to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on “The Pat McAfee Show” Monday that the Packers called Brown when he was a free agent to gauge his interest in playing for them.
“Green Bay made a call to Antonio Brown. I think they checked in,” Schefter said. “I don’t think it ever went anywhere, but they did check in to see if he’d have any interest in going to Green Bay. I think if you’re Antonio Brown you’d probably rather go to Tampa than Green Bay.”
The Packers have arguably the best wide receiver in football in Davante Adams, but they have very little in the passing game beyond him. Allen Lazard underwent core muscle surgery and has been out, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been inconsistent for years. Rodgers would certainly benefit from having another talented receiver to throw to.
Of course, none of that matters now. Brady was so determined to have Brown as a teammate again that he has made living arrangements for the Pro Bowler. In hindsight, Brown probably was never going to sign with any other team.