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Antonio Brown joins Lamar Jackson, Marquise Brown for workout

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Antonio Brown has some new workout partners in his bid to return to the NFL.

Baltimore Ravens receiver Marquise Brown posted a picture with the former Steelers receiver, as well as Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, working out on Wednesday.

Antonio Brown also caught passes from Jackson during the workout.

This is likely to start a flood of rumors about the Ravens having interest in Brown, but the real explanation is probably simpler. Marquise Brown and Antonio Brown are cousins, so they’d have some reason to work out together. Hollywood likely enlisted Jackson to throw to them.

Antonio Brown’s off-field issues and a possible league suspension mean that not many teams are interested. He appears to be in shape, but that probably doesn’t matter.

Antonio Brown makes it clear he would love to sign with Bucs

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown is still hoping an NFL team will give him another chance despite his seemingly endless stream of off-field issues, and the wide receiver is not trying to hide the fact that he would love to catch passes from Tom Brady again.

Brown answered some questions from his Instagram followers on Wednesday, and one person asked him if he is going to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brown’s one-word answer was “expeditiously.”

Brown would almost certainly sign with the Bucs if they wanted him, but all indications have been that Bruce Arians has no interest in adding him to the mix. Arians and Brown worked together when Arians was the offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Arians referred to A.B. as a “diva” last year and said Brown is no longer the same person the Steelers drafted, and Brown blasted Arians in response.

The NFL has yet to announce disciplinary action for Brown after investigating sexual misconduct claims against him by two different women. Since those allegations came to light, Brown was charged with burglary with battery after he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly attacked a moving truck driver. Brown also streamed a live video on Instagram that showed him berating police officers in front of his children.

After all that and with a suspension likely looming, Brown’s chances of signing with any NFL team are slim.

Antonio Brown to Buccaneers is reportedly not happening

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Tom Brady may have had visions of playing with Antonio Brown again when Brady became a free agent, but it does not sound like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to make that happen.

Brady has been openly supportive of Brown through all of the off-field issues the star receiver has had, and a report this week said teams that pursued Brady in free agency were left with the impression that he wanted to play with Brown again. However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Thursday that he was told the Buccaneers are not inclined to sign Brown, as head coach Bruce Arians has no interest in working with the Pro Bowler again.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the same on Wednesday, citing a source who told him Brown to the Bucs “ain’t happening.”

It would stand to reason that the Buccaneers offered Brady almost anything he wanted, which means one of two things — either having to sign Brown was a deal-breaker for Arians, or Brady isn’t as determined to play with Brown as many believe. The latter seems more likely.

Arians and Brown worked together when Arians was the offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Arians referred to A.B. as a “diva” last year and said Brown is no longer the same person the Steelers drafted, and Brown blasted Arians in response.

The NFL has yet to announce disciplinary action for Brown after investigating sexual misconduct claims against him by two different women. Since those allegations came to light, Brown was charged with burglary with battery after he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly attacked a moving truck driver. Brown also streamed a live video on Instagram that showed him berating police officers in front of his children.

After all that and with a suspension likely looming, Brady can’t actually expect any team to hitch its wagon to Brown.

Report: Tom Brady told teams he wants to play with Antonio Brown

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Tom Brady has been openly supportive of Antonio Brown throughout most of the star wide receiver’s off-field issues, and apparently Brady’s feelings toward his former teammate have not changed in the past several months.

Teams that have been interested in signing Brady were given the impression that the 42-year-old wants to play with Brown again next season, according to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. With Brady now expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it’s unclear if Brown will also be in the team’s plans.

The NFL has yet to announce disciplinary action for Brown after investigating sexual misconduct claims against him by two different women. Since those allegations came to light, Brown was charged with burglary with battery after he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly attacked a moving truck driver. Brown also streamed a live video on Instagram that showed him berating police officers in front of his children.

Is Brady still campaigning to play with Brown after all of that? It’s possible, though Brown has a history with Bucs head coach Bruce Arians that makes it seem unlikely the 31-year-old will end up in Tampa Bay.

Brady desperately needed more offensive weapons in New England last season, so perhaps that is one of the reasons he was so determined to team up with Brown again. Now that his two top receivers will be Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, perhaps Brady won’t be as concerned about trying to help resurrect Brown’s career.

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Antonio Brown probably is not joining Tom Brady on Buccaneers

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Antonio Brown and Tom Brady seem to have remained on a friendly basis since their brief pairing early last season on the New England Patriots. Brady reportedly even expressed that he wanted to team with AB in 2020.

Their seemingly positive relationship, coupled with Bruce Arians’ history coaching Brown, has led to some speculation that AB could also sign in Tampa Bay. But we’re not so convinced yet.

Last year, Arians expressed on “The Adam Schefter Podcast” how much Brown had changed. Arians was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive coordinator from 2007-2011 — the latter two years when Brown was also there.

“There’s too much miscommunication, too much … diva,” Arians said of Brown. “I’ve heard so many stories — I like Antonio — he plays as hard as anybody on Sunday, and he practices hard. He’s just gotta make better decisions off the field, be on time, do some of those little things.”

Brown of course hit back at Arians via Twitter.

Arians knows what kind of “diva” Brown can be and might not want him in the locker room.

Beyond that, the Bucs already have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin at wide receiver. That position probably isn’t high on their list for areas they need to address.

Could this still happen? Sure, anything is possible, but for these reasons — not to mention we don’t even know Brown’s status with the NFL — we don’t see it as likely.

Tom Brady reportedly wants to play with Antonio Brown in 2020

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Tom Brady has shown public support for Antonio Brown on numerous occasions, whether it’s through social media activity or telling reporters he prides himself on establishing close relationships with all of his former and current teammates. To think that Brown would factor into Brady’s impending free agency decision would sound a bit farfetched, but apparently the quarterback wants to play with Brown again.

Two sources close to Brown told ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler that Brady has kept in “constant contact” with the troubled receiver and told Brown he wants to play with him in 2020. One of Brown’s attorneys said Brady has encouraged Brown to remain physically and mentally strong so the two have an opportunity to join forces again next year wherever Brady ends up.

It seems highly unlikely that Brady would make a career decision based upon what Brown does or what the NFL allows the 31-year-old to do, and it’s important to note that the information in ESPN’s report came from Brown’s camp. However, the New England Patriots almost certainly would not be interested in re-signing Brown, which is noteworthy if Brady truly is determined to play with A.B. again.

Brown’s former trainer and friend Britney Taylor filed a sexual assault lawsuit against him earlier this year, and another woman later accused the seven-time Pro Bowler of sexual misconduct. The Patriots cut Brown back in September after he sent text messages to the second alleged victim that could be interpreted as threatening in nature.

Even if Brady believes Brown’s side of the story — whatever that may be — with the sexual assault allegations, the trouble doesn’t end there for the Pro Bowler. Brown has since been charged with burglary with battery after he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly attacked a moving truck driver. Brown also streamed a live video on Instagram that showed him berating police officers in front of his children.

Brady may consider Brown a friend and want to help him, but it’s hard to imagine Brady attaching his future to a player who has has that much baggage.

Antonio Brown claims he will attend NFL Combine

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Antonio Brown is still trying to get back into the NFL, or so it seems.

Brown told TMZ Sports that he’ll be attending the NFL Combine in Indianapolis later this month with the hope of explaining his recent actions to teams and getting another chance in the league after his lost season in 2019.

“I’m excited and looking forward to seeing them guys,” Brown said. “I’mma be out there ready to get things back on the right page.”

Brown will need to do a lot of convincing. He’s had multiple police standoffs, made a spectacle of himself after being released on bond following battery charges, and is under NFL investigation after multiple allegations of sexual assault. All of that means that any team that signs him probably won’t have him for a while.

The wide receiver appears to be trying to mend some fences with those he fell out with. Maybe he can keep that attitude in place through the Combine, but there’s no guarantee it works out for him.