Tampa Bay Buccaneers Re-Sign Antonio Brown

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Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have managed to keep their Super-Bowl-winning team intact, bringing back all 22 players that started SBLV, including Antonio Brown. 

Antonio Brown’s second chapter in the NFL is set to continue as the wide receiver agrees to a one-year deal with the Tamp Bay Buccaneers for a reported $6.25 million with $3.1 million fully guaranteed.

The mercurial Antonio Brown enjoyed a successful stint with the Buccaneers last season, one that culminated on a Super Bowl victory. Brown’s first-ever ring. The wide-receiver caught one of the three touchdown passes tossed by Tom Brady in Tampa Bay’s 31-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs – a one-yard strike that helped lift the Buccaneers to a 15-point halftime lead (21-6).

Brown appeared in his first Super Bowl over a decade ago, Super Bowl XLV which the Packers clinched behind a 31-25 win over the Steelers. Brown’s second Super Bowl was a successful outing and an enriching experience as in scoring the touchdown, Brady helped Brown secure a $750,000 bonus. 

Wild rumours began circulating about a possible reunion between Tom Brady and Antonio Brown in Tampa Bay almost immediately after the superstar quarterback’s move to Florida was announced in March of last year. It didn’t happen immediately to the chagrin of fans, but a deal was eventually reached in October 2020. Thus, reuniting TB and AB for the second time in their careers after the shortest stint ever (playing together merely one game) in New England. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Keep Band Together

Love him or hate him, Antonio Brown’s second chapter in the NFL is set to continue as the wide receiver signs a new deal with Tampa Bay in order to stay within Tom Brady’s  coveted fold for another season.  

The mercurial Antonio Brown enjoyed a successful stint with the Buccaneers last season, one that culminated on a Super Bowl victory. Brown’s first-ever ring. The wide-receiver caught one of the three touchdown passes tossed by Tom Brady in Tampa Bay’s 31-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs— a one-yard strike that helped lift the Buccaneers to a 15-point halftime lead (21-6).

Brown appeared in his first Super Bowl over a decade ago—Super Bowl XLV which the Packers clinched behind a 31-25 win over the Steelers. Brown’s second Super Bowl was a successful outing and an enriching experience as in scoring the touchdown, Brady helped Brown secure $750,000 in bonus money. 

In signing Brown, the Buccaneers manage to retain the core group of players that were behind Super Bowl LV glory. When Bruce Arians suggested that was the goal, many were quick to dismiss those claims as fanciful. The idea that a team’s pockets would be so deep to satisfy one of the most glittering rosters in the league in order to fulfil Arians’ desire “to keep the band together” seemed preposterous. Impossible even with the salary cap dropping dramatically (to $182.5 million marking a $15.7 million decrease from the $198.2 million figure in 2020.). 

And yet, despite a lower salary cap for 2021, and with plenty of time left for the team to begin training together again before the season starts, the powers that be in Tampa Bay have pulled it off. Spectacularly so. Thus, throwing down the gauntlet for 2021 and a potential second Super Bowl run.  Bovada tips the Buccaneers as the second-best bet on +600 in Super Bowl futures. 

AB 2.0 

Brown was always going to stay in Tampa Bay. The team was the first to give him a real chance thanks to Tom Brady who’s been his biggest champion and supporter ever since the embattled wide receiver fell out of favour after his on-field and off-field issues were documented. 

Up to 2018,  Brown was considered as a “generational talent” and one of the best football players in the game. In 2014 and 2015, he had statistically the best season of any receiver in the NFL, and to date, Brown leads the NFL with the most receiving touchdowns (45), despite missing almost two years of action due to suspension and legal battles.

The Steelers parted ways with AB in 2019 in a trade with the Raiders, triggering a whirlwind year for then 31-year-old player. His stay with the Raiders proved short lived, ending before the 2019 campaign got underway properly. Brown then signed with the Patriots, but his spell in New England lasted merely a game to the disappointment of Brady. 

Wild rumours began circulating about a possible reunion between Tom Brady and Antonio Brown in Tampa Bay almost immediately after the superstar quarterback’s move to Florida was announced in March of last year. It didn’t happen immediately to the chagrin of fans, but a deal was eventually reached in October 2020. Thus, reuniting TB and AB for the second time in their careers after the shortest stint ever (playing together merely one game) in New England. 

Brown played 8 regular season games with the Buccaneers, four of which featured the receiver as a starter. He averaged 10.7 yards per reception and scored 4 touchdowns after hauling 45 of his 62 targets for 483 yards. Overall, he had 5.6 receptions per game, which is quite substantial given the number of offensive weapons at Tom Brady’s disposal. In the playoffs, Browns added eight catches, 81 yards and two scores to his stats.

Tom Brady MVP Odds

Tampa Bay’s commitment to bring Brady the talent he needs, wants and requires is unparalleled. What Tom wants, Tom gets it seems – at least with this organisation. One wonders what might have happened had Brady made the move down South years sooner…. Might he have won more Super Bowls? More than his very handsome, record-breaking haul of 7 titles (6 with New England and 1 with Tampa Bay). Hmmm… 

In any event, Brady can look forward to a 2021 campaign with an embarrassment of riches on offense at his disposal. From Mike Evens, Chris Goodwin and Rob Gronkowski to Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette and more, the O-line strikes a formidable pose on paper, underscoring Brady’s odds to win the MVP award at BetOnline Sportsbook.

Brady is priced at +1600 to win the MVP, making him the fourth-best bet (alongside Kyler Murray) to win the award. Patrick Mahomes at +500 leads the charge while Aaron Rodgers and Josh Allen (both on +1000) and Dak Prescott and Matthew Stafford (both at +1400) follow the highly touted Kansas City Chiefs quarterback. 

Though how Prescott and Stafford are priced better than Brady in this market is somewhat surprising,. The award isn’t about recognizing players that litter stats-sheets only, but rather those that achieve a high level of excellence at an individual and team level. It’s about carrying a team to success in the division and conference while proving to be better than their biggest rivals. It’s about facing adversity, overcoming challenge and coming up trumps….it’s about many things, none of which either Prescott or Stafford have accomplished.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Odds

The defending Super Bowl champions are amongst the top faves across-the-board after multiple sportsbooks install Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the second-best bet behind the Kansas City Chiefs. In keeping with the broader outlook, sportsbooks install the Buccaneers as the top bet to win the NFC Conference and the NFC South Division as well. 

To Win NFC South Courtesy of Bovada (April, 28, 2021)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers-175
  • New Orleans Saints+295
  • Carolina Panthers+850
  • Atlanta Falcons+850

Super Bowl LVI Odds Courtesy of Bovada (April, 28, 2021)

  • Kansas City Chiefs+450
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers+600
  • Green Bay Packers+1200
  • Los Angeles Rams+1300
  • Buffalo Bills+1400
  • San Francisco 49ers+1400
  • Cleveland Browns+1700
  • Baltimore Ravens+2000
  • Indianapolis Colts+2500
  • New England Patriots+2800
  • New Orleans Saints+2800
  • Seattle Seahawks+2800
  • Dallas Cowboys+3000
  • Arizona Cardinals+3300
  • Miami Dolphins+3300
  • Los Angeles Chargers+3500
  • Pittsburgh Steelers+3500
  • Tennessee Titans+3500
  • Minnesota Vikings+5000
  • Washington Football Team+5000
  • Carolina Panthers+6600
  • Chicago Bears+6600
  • Denver Broncos+6600
  • Las Vegas Raiders+6600
  • New York Giants+7000
  • Atlanta Falcons+7500
  • Philadelphia Eagles+8500
  • New York Jets+10000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars+12500
  • Cincinnati Bengals+15000
  • Detroit Lions+15000
  • Houston Texans+20000