Feb 10, 2021; Tampa Bay, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (left) poses for a photograph at a private event for players, family, and friends at Port Tampa Bay during the  Tampa Bay Buccaneers boat parade to celebrate their victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown passes physical, makes Bucs deal official

Wide receiver Antonio Brown passed his physical Tuesday morning and officially signed on for a second season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The exam had been delayed by Brown’s recent knee surgery.

Brown agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $6.25 million with the Buccaneers last month, but the deal had been on hold until he passed his physical.

Brown, 32, played in eight games for the Bucs during the 2020 regular season, catching 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns. A knee injury in the playoffs kept him out of the NFC Championship Game, but he returned to catch five passes for 22 yards and a touchdown in the 31-9 Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

For his career, Brown has 886 catches for 11,746 yards and 79 touchdowns over 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2010-18), New England Patriots (2019) and Buccaneers.

A lawsuit was filed against Brown last week related to an altercation with a moving truck driver in January 2020.

He recently settled a civil suit with his former trainer, Brittany Taylor, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2017 and 2018.

Also Tuesday, the Bucs added cornerback Dee Delaney, who has been out of the league since March 2020 after being released by Washington. The 5-11, 200-pound Delaney played just three defensive snaps and 11 special teams snaps for WFT in one game in 2019. The 26-year-old entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018 and appeared in two games for them that season. He also spent time with the Jets and Dolphins that did not include any regular-season action.

Tampa Bay held its first organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday without most veteran players, including quarterback Tom Brady. On Monday, Brady reportedly worked out with teammates across the street from the Bucs facilities at the New York Yankees’ baseball complex.

Following Tuesday’s session, coach Bruce Arians reportedly told the Tampa Bay Times he’d prefer to see his players on team grounds: “Last year was so different because of the pandemic,” he said. “This year they can be here. Like I said, they wouldn’t be practicing but they could be working on this field. I’d love to see them all out here together.”

Arians said earlier in the offseason that he was OK with players skipping the voluntary sessions, but on Tuesday added one caveat: “I talk to them every day about doing it for their own protection,” Arians said, according to ESPN.com.

Players injured while working out at the team facility would not risk having their contract guarantees voided, which could happen if they are injured off premises.

–Field Level Media

Feb 10, 2021; Tampa Bay, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (left) poses for a photograph at a private event for players, family, and friends at Port Tampa Bay during the  Tampa Bay Buccaneers boat parade to celebrate their victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers yet to re-sign Antonio Brown, awaiting physical

Head coach Bruce Arians reiterated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are planning to bring Antonio Brown back for a second season pending his physical.

The exam was delayed by Brown’s recent knee surgery, Arians told PewterReport.com.

“It’s just a matter of a physical,” Arians said. “We wanted AB back. He was a model citizen the whole time he’s been here. We wanted him back, and he’s never had surgery in his life, so it’s just a matter of getting the physical done. So yeah, I wanted him back the whole time.”

Brown could sign as soon as next week and has a one-year deal worth up to $6.25 million on the table to return to the Buccaneers.

A lawsuit was filed against Brown last week related to an altercation with a moving truck driver in January 2020.

He recently settled a civil suit with his former trainer, Brittany Taylor, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2017 and 2018.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown has knee surgery, expected to re-sign soon with Bucs

Antonio Brown underwent minor knee surgery on his knee earlier this week, NFL Network reported Wednesday, and the wideout is still expected to re-sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shortly.

Brown’s agent said last month that Brown was signing a one-year deal worth up to $6.25 million, with incentives, to return to Tampa.

Coach Bruce Arians has said Brown’s deal will be official once he passes his physical.

Brown had the surgery to clean out the knee, per the report.

Tampa GM Jason Licht said on a podcast Wednesday that he’s not “concerned” about Brown re-signing with the team.

“The plan all along is to have him come in — I think he is coming in Monday to sign,” Licht told the “Eye Test for Two” podcast.

After serving an eight-game NFL suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, Brown joined the Buccaneers and caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns in eight games (four starts) last season. He added eight receptions in the playoffs, including a touchdown in the 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

Brown, 32, is a four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection with 886 receptions for 11,746 yards and 79 touchdowns in 139 games (107 starts) with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2010-18), New England Patriots (2019) and Bucs.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) reacts against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Agent: WR Antonio Brown re-signing with Bucs for 2021

Antonio Brown is re-signing with the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year deal, the wide receiver’s agent told NFL Network on Wednesday.

The contract includes $3.1 million guaranteed, a $2 million signing bonus and could be worth up to $6.25 million with incentives, according to the report.

After serving an eight-game NFL suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, Brown joined the Buccaneers and caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns in eight games (four starts) last season. He added eight receptions in the playoffs, including a touchdown in the 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

Brown, 32, is a four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection with 886 receptions for 11,746 yards and 79 touchdowns in 139 games (107 starts) with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2010-18), New England Patriots (2019) and Bucs.

Brown recently settled a civil dispute with a former trainer who had accused the wide receiver of sexual assault.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown settles lawsuit with ex-trainer

Antonio Brown has settled the civil dispute with his former trainer who had accused the wide receiver of sexual assault, both sides announced Wednesday.

Terms were not disclosed.

Currently a free agent, Brown is expected to re-sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers soon now that he’s clear of the lawsuit, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Britney Taylor filed a lawsuit against Brown in September 2019, accusing Brown of sexual assault and rape on three different occasions in 2017 and 2018. The accusations led to the New England Patriots releasing Brown.

The NFL investigated Taylor’s allegations. Brown was suspended for the first eight games of the 2020 season for multiple violations of the league’s personal conduct policy. He signed with the Bucs ahead of their Week 9 game.

A statement attributed to both Alana Burstyn, founder and owner of OFM, the sports management firm representing Brown, and David Haas, attorney for Taylor, said “the dispute was resolved.”

“Recently, they were involved in aggressive litigation,” read the statement. “Having reflected on their relationship, both feel that the time has come to move on. … The dispute is resolved and they wish each other great continued success.”

Brown reportedly turned down a $2 million settlement before the suit was filed in 2019.

Brown, 32, is one of the few Tampa players yet to be re-signed from the Bucs’ title run last season.

In eight games (four starts) with the Bucs last season, the four-time All-Pro hauled in 45 receptions for 483 yards and four touchdowns. He caught eight passes in the playoffs, including a touchdown pass during the 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) smiles with wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) after he scored a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs expect AB, Cameron Brate to play

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect wide receiver Antonio Brown and tight end Cameron Brate to play in Sunday’s Super Bowl, ESPN reported Saturday.

Both are listed as questionable.

Brown has been bothered by a knee injury that caused him to miss the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 24.

Brate (back) was added to the injury report late in the week. He was limited in Thursday’s session.

The Bucs play the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV in Tampa.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) smiles after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Antonio Brown on first Super Bowl injury report

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers listed wide receiver Antonio Brown on their injury report Wednesday, as well with both starting safeties, in advance of Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7.

Despite neither the Buccaneers nor the Kansas CIty Chiefs team holding practice Wednesday, each conference champion delivered their first injury reports in advance of the Super Bowl at Tampa, Fla.

The NFC champion Buccaneers estimated that Brown, who missed Tampa Bay’s victory on Sunday at Green Bay, would have missed a practice Wednesday due to a knee injury. Head coach Bruce Arians told WDAE radio in Tampa on Tuesday that neither Brown nor starting safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) are expected to practice during the Super Bowl bye week.

After catching a touchdown pass in the Bucs’ wild-card win at Washington, Brown injured his knee during Tampa Bay’s divisional-round win at New Orleans on Jan. 17. After signing with Tampa Bay in October, Brown had 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns in eight games in the regular season before catching three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs.

The rookie Winfield was joined on the injury report by the team’s other starting safety Jordan Whitehead, who hurt his shoulder against the Packers in a game where he forced two Aaron Jones fumbles.

Starting linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) and linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) were also designated as not participating Wednesday. Wide receiver Mike Evans (knee) and defensive tackle Vita Vae (ankle) were listed as limited. Wide receiver Chris Godwin (elbow) was cleared for full practice.

For the Chiefs, the only player declared out Wednesday was starting tackle Eric Fisher, who suffered a torn Achilles in Kansas City’s AFC title-game win over Buffalo on Sunday. Fisher is not expected to play in the Super Bowl.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was estimated as a full practice participant in the wake of the turf toe injury he has been nursing.

The team’s limited participants included running backs Le’Veon Bell (knee) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip), wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf), tackles Mike Remmers (groin) and Andrew Wylie (ankle), linebacker William Gay (ankle) along with cornerbacks L’Jarius Sneed (concussion) and Rashad Fenton (foot).

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Dec 20, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) in the first half of a NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Antoine Winfield Jr., Antonio Brown won’t practice this week

Standout safety Antoine Winfield Jr. and wideout Antonio Brown won’t practice this week and coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday it’s “too early” to know if they’ll be available for Super Bowl LV.

Both missed the NFC Championship, Brown with a knee injury and Winfield with an ankle ailment. Brown suffered his injury in the divisional game against the New Orleans Saints and Winfield was hurt during practice ahead of the NFC title game.

“I think it’s too early,” Arians said, when asked on a radio show if Brown and Winfield would be ready by Feb. 7. “Neither one of those guys will probably practice this week and we’ll see how it rolls out next Tuesday for both of them.”

Further, NFL Network reports Bucs safety Jordan Whitehead, who was knocked out of the NFC title game against the Green Bay Packers, has not been ruled out of the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs. Whitehead injured his shoulder on a tackle and did not return but is going to try to play, per the report.

Winfield started all 16 games as a rookie and finished with 94 tackles, three sacks and interception and six passes defensed.

Brown had 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns.

In the interview with 95.3 WDAE, Arians also said he’s coming back next season, responding with “hell no” when asked if he’d consider retiring if he won his first Super Bowl.

“I’m going for two. There’s no doubt. If the Glazers have me back, I’ll be back,” Arians said.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Antonio Brown (knee) ruled out for Sunday

Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown will miss Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Green Bay with a knee injury, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Friday.

Brown played just 29 snaps in Sunday’s divisional playoff win over the New Orleans Saints. He caught one pass for 10 yards and was targeted three times.

Brown, 32, was limited to 33 snaps in the wild-card victory against Washington, catching two passes for 49 yards and a touchdown.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time All-Pro signed with Tampa Bay on Oct. 27 and caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four scores in eight games in the regular season.

While Brown’s status is definite, Arians said it has yet to be determined whether defensive tackle Vita Vea will play against the Packers. Vea, 25, has been designated to return from injured reserve, but a decision about playing this weekend remains up in the air.

He suffered a broken lower leg on Oct. 8 against the Chicago Bears and was thought to be out for the season, but the team designated him for return from IR on Monday. He has practiced this week.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs WR Antonio Brown (knee) is day-to-day

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown avoided a serious knee injury and is day-to-day, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Brown underwent an MRI after catching just one of three targets for 10 yards in Sunday’s 30-20 divisional playoff win against the New Orleans Saints.

The Buccaneers play the host Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship.

Brown, 32, played just 29 snaps against the Saints and 33 snaps in the wild-card victory against Washington, when he caught two passes for 49 yards and a touchdown.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time All-Pro signed with Tampa Bay on Oct. 27 and caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four scores in eight games in the regular season.

–Field Level Media