Tom Brady and Antonio Brown played one game together, but the future Hall of Fame quarterback and a wideout who appeared on course for Canton have been linked to a reunion on multiple occasions this offseason.
Don’t count on it coming to pass, however.
The Buccaneers are unlikely to consider a deal for Brown, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (video link). Brady is set to sign with the Bucs, who already have wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in the fold. Although head coach Bruce Arians worked with Brown in 2010-11 — when he was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator — he is not on board with bringing in the mercurial Brown, according to Rapoport.
Set to turn 32 this summer, Brown has not played since the Patriots released him after his Week 2 cameo last season. Brady was not believed to support that decision, and the Pats struggled to assemble a quality receiver depth chart the remainder of last season.
Brown spent 2019 as a content-creating maven, going from the Steelers to the Raiders to the Pats. But multiple legal issues cropped up, including a short stay in jail, and the NFL is still investigating him because of the off-field trouble.
Although the Bucs figure to do plenty to make their prized free-agent QB acquisition comfortable, Brown may be a bridge too far. Brown, a former sixth-round pick, became a four-time, first-team All-Pro and appears a lock for the 2010s’ All-Decade team, but he has become a notoriously unreliable asset.
Brown filed a grievance against Brady’s former employer, among others, and that matter has yet to be resolved.