If there was any hope that the Buccaneers would add Antonio Brown to a wide receiver group that already employs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, it doesn’t exist anymore. Appearing on the ‘Tiki and Tierney” Show, head coach Bruce Arians gave an emphatic ‘No” in response to the idea that Brown could suit up with the Bucs.

“Yeah, it’s not gonna happen,” Arians said. “There’s no room. It’s just not gonna happen. It’s just not a fit here.” 

Even when given the scenario of Brown coming in on a veteran’s minimum salary, Arians didn’t budge and quickly shot that down as well.

“No,” answered Arians. “I just know him, It’s not a fit in our locker room.” 

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The moment Tom Brady signed on with the Bucs, the chatter began about the possibility of Brown joining him. Last year, they spent one game together with the New England Patriots and seemed to be a natural fit together on the football field. However, Brown quickly wore out his welcome as he lasted just that one game because of a myriad of off the field issues.  Since then, it hasn’t got much better for Brown who played under Arians when he was the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh during his first two seasons in the NFL.

Antonio Brown Career
Under Bruce Arians
Game Game Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece
Year Age Tm G GS Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Y/Tgt
2010 22 PIT 9 0 19 16 167 10.4 0 26 1.8 18.6 8.8
2011* 23 PIT 16 3 124 69 1108 16.1 2 79 4.3 69.3 8.9
2012 24 PIT 13 10 106 66 787 11.9 5 60 5.1 60.5 7.4
2013* 25 PIT 16 14 167 110 1499 13.6 8 56 6.9 93.7 9.0
2014*+ 26 PIT 16 16 181 129 1698 13.2 13 63 8.1 106.1 9.4
2015*+ 27 PIT 16 16 193 136 1834 13.5 10 59 8.5 114.6 9.5
2016*+ 28 PIT 15 15 154 106 1284 12.1 12 51 7.1 85.6 8.3
2017*+ 29 PIT 14 14 163 101 1533 15.2 9 57 7.2 109.5 9.4
2018* 30 PIT 15 15 168 104 1297 12.5 15 78 6.9 86.5 7.7
2019 31 NWE 1 0 8 4 56 14.0 1 20 4.0 56.0 7.0
Care Care 131 103 1283 841 11263 13.4 75 79 6.4 86.0 8.8
9 yr 9 yr PIT 130 103 1275 837 11207 13.4 74 79 6.4 86.2 8.8
1 yr 1 yr NWE 1 0 8 4 56 14.0 1 20 4.0 56.0 7.0

From a pure football standpoint, it is hard to find a better match for Brady than Brown. We saw that relationship start to blossom on the field during their very short time together. However, this statement makes it very clear that the talent, in this case, is not enough to outweigh the baggage that would come with signing the controversial receiver.

The move to sign Brady in the offseason was as much about culture as it is winning a Super Bowl in the next couple of seasons. Signing Brown sends the opposite message when it comes to culture and for Arians, no amount of talent is going to change his mind.

– Ian Glendon is the Editor-In-Chief of Full Press Coverage and the Managing Editor of FPC Buccaneers. Like and follow on Twitter @iglen31 and FullPressNFL

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