Antonio Brown will not return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he stripped off his uniform and left the stadium during Sunday’s game, and many believe his NFL career has unofficially come to an end. One former general manager is not so sure.
ESPN analyst and former New York Jets manager Mike Tannenbaum shared his thoughts on the Brown situation during Tuesday’s edition of “Get Up!” He said he could see a team like the Dallas Cowboys giving Brown an opportunity to play. Yes, this season.
“I can see a team like the Dallas Cowboys bringing him in and talking to him, maybe not even signing him initially,” Tannenbaum said. “If they go through the process, they simply could sign him to a one-day contract and say, ‘Hey, if today’s practice goes well, you can come back tomorrow.’ They could put in an infrastructure where he’s getting the help he needs.”
Tannenbaum mentioned how Cowboys receiver Michael Gallup suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Between that and constant issues teams are facing with COVID protocols, the former executive is not ready to rule out Brown getting a call from a team this season.
Brown has gotten several chances since his career started spiraling downward, and he has blown them all. The 33-year-old has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women. He was also arrested last year and pleaded no contest to a felony charge in an incident in which he assaulted a moving truck driver. More recently, Brown was suspended three games for turning in a fake COVID vaccine card.
And that’s not even close to all of it. 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.
Let’s also not forget about the incident where Brown berated police officers in front of his children and streamed it live on social media.
The Bucs gave Brown multiple chances despite his terrible track record, and he rewarded them on Sunday with what will go down as one of the most infamous temper tantrums in NFL history. It would be a surprise if another NFL team thinks his on-field abilities are worth the headaches.
Photo: Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Will Ben Roethlisberger end up benched by the Pittsburgh Steelers this season? One NFL analyst thinks so.
Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who is now an ESPN analyst, was talking on “Get Up!” Thursday. Tannenbaum said he expects Roethlisberger to be “bad” and benched by the middle of the season.
Tannenbaum’s reasoning is that Big Ben does not throw the ball down the field as much as he used to. He believes the retirement of Maurkice Pouncey will hurt the protection of the offensive line. He also thinks Big Ben will keep getting rid of the ball earlier and earlier to avoid injuries, which will adversely affect the team’s offense.
Last season, Roethlisberger helped his Steelers begin the season 11-0. He passed for 3,803 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also passed for 501 yards and 4 touchdowns with 4 interceptions in a playoff loss to the Browns.
Even though the 39-year-old QB is aging, he still has the ability to throw the ball around and create points more than Tannenbaum gives him credit for. The Steelers definitely do not have anyone else on the roster who could do better.
Urban Meyer has decided to give Tim Tebow a chance to revive his NFL career after nearly a decade away from football. Most people agree that Tebow has virtually no chance of contributing as a tight end with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But if Tebow is simply included on the final roster, one former NFL executive thinks Urban Meyer will be making a mammoth mistake.
Former New York Jets and Miami Dolphins general manager and executive VP of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said on ESPN’s “Get Up!” this week that Meyer is going to have a tough time facing players in the locker room if Tebow is on the Week 1 roster.
“If Tim Tebow’s on the opening day roster, it will eviscerate Urban Meyer’s credibility. Houston, Indianapolis and Tennessee are praying that Tim Tebow makes the Jacksonville Jaguars. If that organization is run based on relationships, they have no chance to win,” Tannenbaum said. “This is about Trevor Lawrence and trying to do everything you can to make him successful — not trying to turn a 34-year-old Tim Tebow into a tight end.
“If he makes this team, it’s gonna really hurt Urban’s ability to stand up in front of the team and say, ‘Hey, how you play matters.’ It simply won’t. It’ll be based on a relationship.”
Tannenbaum noted that backup skill position players in the NFL are expected to play on special teams, which probably is not something Meyer would have Tebow do. For reasons like that, the Jaguars could have issues regarding whether Tebow is receiving preferential treatment from his friend and former coach.
Meyer recently tried to explain some of his rationale behind signing Tebow, but the questions remain. It’s going to be very hard for the first-year NFL coach to argue that Tebow, who has never played tight end and has been out of the NFL since 2012, is the best man for the job.
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From the time it became obvious that Tim Tebow was not going to be a fit with the New York Jets, the media and fans have been looking for someone to blame. It seems fairly obvious that trading for Tebow wasn’t Rex Ryan’s idea, otherwise you would assume he would have given him a shot at some point during the course of the season. Last week, a report indicated the trade was “forced” on Woody Johnson, which makes little sense considering he’s the team’s owner.
On Tuesday, former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted that trading for Tebow was his decision.
“So just going on the Tim decision, we felt like after the 2011 season we lost something with Brad Smith not being there, so we felt like bringing Tim in, he was going to be a guy who could replace Brad’s production,” Tannenbaum explained, via the NY Post. “Obviously, it didn’t work out the way we thought it was going to, and ultimately that was my call. But we did have discussions about it, and ultimately that was my decision to make the trade.
“It’s one of those decisions where it didn’t work out the way we thought.”
Tannenbaum also said he believes the Jets offense would have been fine in 2012 if not for injuries, which is a stretch. Healthy or not, New York simply didn’t have the personell to put points on the board. That’s probably why Ryan would reportedly prefer to be fired if the Jets don’t make significant changes on the offensive side of the ball.
The Tebow experiment was a failure, and failures happen in the NFL all the time. But when you fail with one of the most popular players in the league in one of the most ruthless cities in the country, everything is magnified. At least with Tannenbaum taking the fall, the Jets can attempt to move on from the Tebow era that never was.