Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was on a year-long hiatus away from the NFL, is set to return to action after signing a new one-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a recent report.
Antonio Brown set to return to NFL after a year as Bucs reportedly pick him up
Antonio Brown has been out of action since Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season after he was released from New England Patriots. Now, the 31-year old is set to return to the league after a year, as he has reportedly penned down a year-long deal with the Bucs, sources have informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who revealed the news on Twitter.
The wide receiver was pursued by several teams in recent times, including Seattle Seahawks who were making a push to sign Brown. However, as per sources have told Schefter, its the Bucs who have picked up the player, which will see him reunite with former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who also joined the Bucs this year.
Antonio Brown is yet to pass his COVID-19 protocols after the contract language finalises.
Update: Antonio Brown and the Buccaneers have reached agreement on a one-year deal, per sources.
Language still has to be finalized, COVID protocols passed, but Brown is likely to make his Bucs’ debut in Week 9 against the Saints.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2020
On multiple violations of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, Brown was handed a suspension for the first eight-weeks of the 2020 NFL season on 31st July this year. Now with his suspension period over, Brown is speculated to make his debut for the Bucs against New Orleans Saints in Week 9 on 8th November.
Back in September 2019, Antonio Brown had joined Oakland Raiders after spending eight seasons with the Steelers. However, he had a fallout with the team over wanting to wear his old helmet which was banned and did not meet the current NFL standards. Following the tussle, Brown was released from the Raiders squad without making an appearance.
On 7th September, the same day he parted ways with Raiders, Brown signed a one-year deal with New England Patriots. However, following reports of several accusations of sexual and personal misconduct against him, Brown’s stint at Patriots ended after making just one appearance for them against Miami Dolphins on Week 2.