Free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a one-year deal, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Update: Antonio Brown and the Buccaneers have reached agreement on a one-year deal, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2020
Language still has to be finalized, COVID protocols passed, but Brown is likely to make his Bucs’ debut in Week 9 against the Saints.
Brown is set to arrive in Tampa on Friday night and visit with the team Saturday, immediately entering COVID-19 protocol.
Brown is currently serving an eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the league’s personal conduct policy, but he will be available to return to the field in Week 9 when the Bucs face the New Orleans Saints.
In addition, Rapoport and Schefter are both reporting that Brady has been a “driving force” behind the Bucs’ pursuit of Brown. The duo played a single game together in New England last season and found immediate success, connecting on four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.
Tom Brady has been a driving force behind Tampa’s interest. Now both sides working to make it happen. https://t.co/rIyKcYN3Mu— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2020
Tampa Bay adds Brown to an already star-studded receiving core that includes Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski. Evans is currently second in the league with six receiving touchdowns on the year.
Not only are the Buccaneers be bolstering themselves, but they are also stealing Brown’s services from the Seattle Seahawks, who were also reported to be interested in adding the four-time All-Pro this week.
Selected by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Brown spent the first nine years of his career in Pittsburgh. He is second in franchise history in receptions (837), yards (11,207) and receiving touchdowns (74), trailing only Steeler legend Hines Ward, although Brown played 87-fewer games.