The Super Bowl champion Buccaneers were content to use the free agency period as an opportunity to retain the players who helped them win the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Before Tampa Bay ends its offseason spending frenzy, Antonio Brown would like the front office to address an important issue.
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Brown, who finished with 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns in eight games last season with the Buccaneers, took to social media on Monday and encouraged the franchise to bring him back into the fold. The seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver responded to a team’s Instagram post announcing that the Bucs were the first team to fire all 22 Super Bowl starters since 1977.
“Sign @ab,” Brown said, referring to his Instagram handle.
Tampa Bay has discussed a deal with Brown, but the two sides are “not close at the moment” in terms of how much money Brown would make, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
“They want to bring him back, the Bucs are doing it, just at a different number than he has in mind right now,” Garafolo said on Thursday’s edition of “Good Morning Football”.
Brown made $ 2 million playing half of the 2020 season for the Buccaneers and performed well, so he would want a raise. Tampa Bay, which has already committed significant sums to outgoing Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, is likely betting that no other team is willing to give Brown a big paycheck. The Bucs could then keep Brown on a cheap contract.
At this point, Brown doesn’t have much weight, and that won’t change unless another contender kicks in. The Bucs can finally make his wish come true by signing him again – but not at his preferred prize. .