Tampa Bay Buccaneers Still in a Stalemate With WR Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown With Buccaneers Background

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have still not signed WR Antonio Brown.
  • Brown had 45 catches for 483 yards with four touchdowns in 8 regular season games.
  • Rumors of Brown going to Baltimore were revived again after AB was seen working out with Lamar Jackson and Hollywood Brown in AB’s Florida gym.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown are nowhere near an “imminent deal” .

According to a report from the NFL Network, the Buccaneers have expressed their desire for Brown to return next season but the wide receiver is reportedly asking more than what the team is willing to pay. Brown made $2M with the Bucs last season and Tampa Bay is said to be offering a similar figure. However, Brown wants an amount that is closer to market value.

The market value for a wide receiver, per CBS sports, has a floor of $12M per season with a ceiling of $20M. Meanwhile, the average salary of an NFL wide receiver is $2,394,676 according to Sportrac.com. On the other hand, experts place Brown’s market value to be at $5M per year and right now, it’s unclear what “market value” Brown is asking for from the Bucs.

Redemption Story

After seven Pro Bowl selections and four All Pro first team appearances with the Pittsburgh Steelers, things got sour and Brown ended up getting traded to the then Oakland Raiders. He never played a game with the Raiders who cut him. He signed with the Patriots but his personal issues led him out of the league in 2019 after just one game. Brown was then suspended by the league for the first 8 weeks of the 2020 season. He signed with the Bucs, and the rest they say is history and a redemption story.

In 8 regular season games with the Bucs, Brown finished with 45 catches for 483 yards with four touchdowns and an average of 10.7 yards per catch. During Tampa Bay’s playoff run, Brown made a total of 8 catches for 81 yards with two touchdowns, including the third touchdown of Tampa Bay during Super Bowl LV with six seconds left in the first half. Tampa Bay would end up winning the title, dethroning the Kansas City Chiefs.

However, Brown became a free agent after the end of the season. And while the Bucs were recently hailed as the first team since 1977 to return all 22 Super Bowl starters to the next season, bringing the back together would not be complete without Antonio Brown. But it looks like the parties have hit a stalemate this time around.

AB to Baltimore?

Meanwhile, rumors of Brown joining the Baltimore Ravens are heating up once again after videos and photos of AB working out with Lamar Jackson and Marquire “Hollywood” Brown at AB’s South Florida gym.

It can be recalled that before he joined the Bucs last season, AB was also rumored to be joining the Ravens after he worked out with Lamar and Hollywood. Jackson even went as far as publicly saying that he wanted Brown in Baltimore but ultimately, AB joined the Bucs and won the Super Bowl with Tom Brady.

Although Hollywood has recorded 104 catches for 1,353 yards and 15 touchdowns through two seasons, the Ravens still need help at the wide receiver position with Willie Snead IV going to the Las Vegas Raiders and Miles Boykin unable to contribute consistently. Last month, the Ravens signed former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins to a one-year deal worth $6M.

The best NFL betting sites had the Seattle Seahawks, the Ravens, New England Patriots, the Raiders, and even the Pittsburgh Steelers as the betting favorites to land AB after his suspension. However, Tampa Bay pulled off a coup and ended up getting AB’s services. Will Brown pull another surprise move again? We’ll see.

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Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.