Bruce Arians is not interested in adding another superstar to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At least one superstar in particular.
Speaking on CBS Sports Network’s “Tiki and Tierney” show on Thursday, the Bucs head coach was asked about the possibility of free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown joining new quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.
“Yes, this is not going to happen,” Arians replied. “There’s no room. And maybe not enough money. But it won’t happen – it’s not worth it.”
Arians added, “Yes, I only know him, and – it doesn’t fit in our locker room.”
The Arians coach Brown for the first two professional receivers while serving as the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In January 2019, before the Steelers traded Brown to the then-Oakland Raiders, Arians called Brown a “diva” while talking to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“I hear a lot of stories,” Arians said during the Schefter podcast. “I like Antonio – he plays as hard as anyone on Sunday, and he trains hard. He just has to make better decisions on the field, even in time, to do some of the little things.”
Brown never played for the Raiders last season, instead being cut by the team after an offseason full of distractions, a public spat with team management and missed workouts.
He contacted the New England Patriots – caught a touchdown pass from Brady in Week 2 – but the team let him down after one game.
He has since faced numerous legal issues and has apologized to both the NFL and the Steelers.
The Buccaneers last week agreed to a two-year deal worth $ 50 million with Brady, who spent the last 20 seasons of his career in New England, where he won six Super Bowls.
Last season, Bucs receiver Chris Godwin finished third in the NFL with 1,333 receiving yards while teammate Mike Evans had 1,157 receiving yards in 13 games. They combined for 17 touchback receptions while catching balls from Jameis Winston.
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