It appears that Pro Bowl wideout Antonio Brown won’t end up with Seattle Seahawks after all. Instead, Brown is finalizing a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he would be reunited with quarterback Tom Brady.
Brown is currently under suspension can return to the field in Week 9. With the date fast approaching, a number of teams have been in contact with the 32-year-old wideout in recent days.
Seattle initially emerged as favorites to land Brown, but the Buccaneers made a last-minute push and are now in the lead.
Reportedly, Brady played a big role in setting up Antonio Brown’s arrival in Tampa Bay. The duo previously played one game together in 2019 with New England Patriots when Brown caught four passes for 56 yards and one TD in a blowout 43-0 win over Miami Dolphins.
The deal would make sense for both sides, considering the Bucs’ wide receiver core has been hampered with injuries in recent weeks. Pro Bowler Mike Evans has been struggling with ankle issues since Week 4 while a hamstring injury limited All-Pro wideout Chris Godwin to just two games.
The game against the Dolphins turned out to be Brown’s last so far. Various off-the-field issues caused the Pats to release him shortly after, and he has been facing an uphill battle to return to the NFL since.