Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) congratulates wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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Report: Buccaneers ‘motivated’ to sign Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown is ready to reconnect with Tom Brady, and the out-of-work wide receiver is an intended target of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Brown scheduled a visit with the Buccaneers for Saturday and “both sides are motivated to complete a deal.”

ESPN reported Brown is still in discussions with the Seattle Seahawks.

Brown is suspended through Week 8, after which he could join a team to bolster its receiving corps. The Buccaneers have several options at the position, including Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but have been dogged by injuries this season.

Brady and Brown were briefly teammates last season in New England. The Patriots kept Brown for just one game after a short tenure with the Raiders.

Brown, 32, has been a free agent since September 2019, when the Patriots released him after one game — at Miami — following allegations of sexual assault and sending intimidating text messages to an accuser. Those allegations led to an NFL investigation.

In June 2020, Brown was sentenced to two years’ probation, ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and enroll in a 13-week anger management course by a Florida court after pleading no contest to an assault charge unrelated to the allegations of sexual assault.

As part of the discipline, the league directed Brown to continue his counseling and treatment program.

Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, had 104 catches for 1,297 yards and a league-best 15 touchdown receptions for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018, his last full season. He has 841 career receptions for 11,263 yards and 75 TDs over nine full seasons and part of another.

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