Antonio Brown, 32, is a free agent.
He signed a $1.67 million contract to play for the Bucs in 2020.
Now that he is back on the free agent market, let’s consider the three most likely landing spots for AB in 2021.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Big pitch and catch from Bucs quarterback Tom Brady to Antonio Brown for a 46-yard touchdown and their first lead of the game in a 31-27 Week 15 win over the Atlanta Falcons. pic.twitter.com/zzQTdFZwN8
— Locked On Bucs (@LockedOnBucs) February 14, 2021
The saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies here.
Working with Brady and Arians paid dividends for AB.
They are Super Bowl Champions.
It would be hard to walk away from an opportunity to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
Brady wanted him so badly on his team that he put him up in Tampa for a little while.
He talked about being “roommates” with AB.
“Antonio is a good friend of mine and, again, we’ve gotten to know each other pretty well over the years. So he’s just getting settled and I know he’s looking for places, but it’s just nice to be able to have him around. And we’re getting to work and he likes to be integrated into what we’re doing, big transition for him moving across the state really not knowing anyone. So, you know, again, just trying to be a great teammate and help someone out who’s a friend of mine.”
Regarding AB getting acclimated with the Tampa Bay offense, Brady said:
“He’s obviously a very hard worker, and he’s working his way into the program, into the Bucs program. He’s been involved in a lot of the meetings. He hasn’t been able to do any practices yet but I know he’s been kind of training and getting ready for it.”
2. Green Bay Packers
I know what you’re thinking.
The Packers do not normally like to have players with off-the-field issues and distractions on the roster.
However, NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers was extremely downtrodden and discouraged after losing to Tampa Bay.
An AB and Davante Adams WR duo is intriguing.
Most Rec TD since 2014:
1. Antonio Brown 64
2. Davante Adams 62
3. Mike Evans 61
4. DeAndre Hopkins 58
5. Odell Beckham 51 pic.twitter.com/wDrenxaE1I
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) February 16, 2021
It can keep Rodgers excited and engaged since he openly questioned his future after that playoff loss.
3. Baltimore Ravens
There were rumors of AB teaming up with the Ravens before he headed to Tampa Bay.
More than rumors, there was also a workout.
Besides the Bucs, the Ravens have the most tangible things to offer AB.
Working with Lamar Jackson would be fun.
AB’s younger cousin Marquise Brown is a WR for the Ravens.
Imagine the Brown duo with Lamar Jackson.
Marquise liked the possibility.
“AB, he’s a guy that’s going to bring the best out of you. I feel like he could fit in this locker room. He’s a guy that’s competitive. He’s going to go out there and give 100 percent, and seeing stuff like that is going to make other guys want to do the same.”
AB might prefer to go back to the AFC North so he can face his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, two times next season.
What AB Wants
This is what we do not know.
Does he want more money?
Would he like another chance with Tampa Bay and the GOAT?
This time, it would be a full season.
Working with a future Hall of Famer in Aaron Rodgers could be enticing too.
Then, there is the family factor with the Ravens.
We will have to wait and see.