Antonio Brown, the former all-pro receiver who exited an eight game ban after failing to speak out against burglary and battery charges and receiving two years probation, is set to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his first step towards one Return to the NFL
Brown, who hasn’t played since week 2 of last season, is still facing a league investigation Allegations in a lawsuit he sexually assaulted his former coach in 2017 and 2018. Brown has denied the allegations.
When 32-year-old Brown completes a physical exam and signs with the Buccaneers, he must take a coronavirus test and go through an entry-level program that includes other precautions against the virus. It could play on November 8 when Tampa Bay takes on the New Orleans Saints in Week 9.
Brown’s reappearance before the end of his suspension speaks for how teams in need of players tend to look beyond their off-field behavior, including allegations of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment. The League continues to be investigated to see how it has dealt with such cases in recent years.
Brown’s problems go further. After sparring with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team that designed it and saw it emerge as a star, it was traded for two draft picks against the Raiders in March 2019. Oakland released him in September, after a turbulent training camp that included fights with its employers and a lengthy one Dispute over the type of helmet he could carry.
The New England Patriots picked him up, but after Brown fought another woman who in an article by Sports Illustratedaccused him of a separate incident of sexual misconduct, the Patriots let him go. brown competed in a game with the Patriotsand scored a touchdown.
The quarterback who threw that pass – Tom Brady – is now with the Buccaneers and reportedly has asked the team to sign Brown.
For the past two years, Brown has tried to defend himself on social media, and since its release in 2019, he has said at least twice that he plans to retire from football. Brown also hit the Patriots after allegedly reducing his signing bonus.
The N.F.L. said further breaches by Brown of the League’s Code of Conduct “are likely to result in greater discipline”. Brown didn’t appeal his Suspension issued in Julyand he indicated that he wanted to get back to football.
“I’m looking forward to new beginnings,” he said wrote in an Instagram post. “I appreciate the N.F.L. give me the opportunity to work on myself and improve. “
Brown was once considered one of the league’s most productive and popular players – known for his penalties Touchdown celebrations and a season on the reality TV show “Dancing With the Stars” – but his career has shaken since his argument with the Steelers in 2018.
Still, his talents as a recipient are known. Brown worked with Brady this summer and also with Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in separate practices. He also worked with Lamar Jackson, the star quarterback the Baltimore Ravens that publicly promoted the team the recipient to sign.
Buccaneer’s coach Bruce Arians, who was the offensive coordinator for the Steelers while Brown was there, said so in March Brown was “not fit” for his team.
But two of the Buccaneers’ recipients – Mike Evans and Chris Godwin – struggled with injuries.