Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians made that point quite clear Thursday on CBS Sports' "Tiki And Tierney" podcast when asked about the possibility of signing Brown as a free agent.
"Yeah, it's not going to happen," Arians bluntly responded. "Just not going to happen. There's no room. There's probably not enough money, but it's just not going to happen. It's not a fit here."
News: Even though he expressed interest in joining them, the #Buccaneers will *not* sign All-Pro WR Antonio Brown.
Bruce Arians confirmed.
""Yea, it's not gonna happen. There's no room. It's just not gonna happen. It's just not a fit here."pic.twitter.com/Yf6ZUrth95
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 26, 2020
Well, there you have it. No possibility of Brown reuniting with Brady in Tampa, after the two connected for four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 of last season, which ultimately amounted to the only game Brown appeared in.
But what if salary wasn't a concern? Would the Buccaneers consider bringing Brown in on the veteran's minimum?
"No," Arians doubled down. "I just know him and it's not a fit in our locker room."
Arians served as Brown's offensive coordinator for his first two seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and that experience apparently left a lasting impression, the same lesson several other franchises -- perhaps none more so than the Raiders -- have learned over the last couple of seasons:
Brown simply isn't worth the trouble, no matter how talented he is or once was.
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