Antonio Brown is no longer a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It has been over a week now since the incident on the Tampa Bay sideline against the New York Jets. It of course resulted in the longtime Pittsburgh Steeler no longer being a member of Tom Brady’s team. The event went viral as Brown went shirtless as he exited the field at Metlife last week. The Bucs and Brady eventually came back and won the game against Zach Wilson’s Jets in big-time fashion. However, in the days that followed, both sides made their case for why what happened actually happened versus New York. Both sides said their peace and Brown is now a free agent in the NFL.
TMZ, however, recently caught up with Brown. The camera crew from TMZ caught up with the former Central Michigan star before he entered a restaurant that evening. The crew asked him about the incident versus the Jets and how it all went down. Brown told them that it “probably wasn’t necessary” the way he handled leaving the field and moving on from the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Still, the event did take place. Now, the Bucs will now be tasked with winning back-to-back Super Bowls without the big-time wideout. This, along with the absence of Chris Godwin, has put a lot of pressure on Brady, Mike Evans and the offensive coaches to find enough playmakers to win get back to the Super Bowl in Los Angeles in just a few short weeks.
Tom Brady on Antonio Brown
In a press conference, Brady told the media, “I think there’s a lot of personal feelings.” He continued, “I don’t think this is really the week to discuss it though. I’m just going to do the best I can do as the quarterback of the team and try to put together a great week and finish strong. You just always deal with different things over the course of the season and that’s what we’re doing this week.”
Brady knows that losing Brown hurts the Bucs’ chances of repeating as Super Bowl champions. That was always going to be a tough order in the NFL. However, without his safety net in Brown, the road to Los Angeles became a lot more burdensome on the veteran quarterback.
Brown addressed his NFL future on the Full Send podcast where he said, “I still like to get in shape, I still like to compete, and it’s just getting started. He concluded, “Obviously we had some stuff that went on. It’s all about integrity and handling people the right way, and you know, AB is a football first, I’m a football player first. That’s my business.”
Only time will tell if we ever see Antonio Brown on another NFL roster.