Antonio Brown’s NFL return won’t come with his pal Tom Brady in Tampa.
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians threw cold water on any notion the team would be interested in bringing in the troubled wide receiver.
“Yea, it’s not gonna happen,” Arians said on CBS Sports’ “Tiki and Tierney” on Thursday. “There’s no room. It’s just not gonna happen. It’s not a fit here.”
Brown, whose 2019 season lasted just one game amid troubles that saw him force his way out of Pittsburgh and Oakland before catching a touchdown pass from Brady in Week 2, has stayed in contact with his ex-QB after getting cut by the Patriots. Brown was accused of sexual misconduct by two women and could face an NFL suspension if he were to be signed.
Thursday morning, Brown said he’d “expeditiously” follow Brady to Tampa, a move that would have reunited him with Arians, who was the offensive coordinator for the Steelers during Brown’s first two NFL seasons.
With a set of receivers that includes All-Pros Mike Evans and Chris Godwin plus tight end O.J. Howard — a group that helped entice Brady to leave New England — Arians doesn’t see much need for Brown.
Not that he was considering it, anyway.
“I just know him and it’s not a fit in our locker room,” Arians said.