Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown is living with Tom Brady again … why?
It sure seemed like NFL fans had seen the last of wide receiver Antonio Brown after he was released less than two weeks after inking a contract with the Patriots last year amid sexual assault allegations.
However, because winning games will always trump moral high ground, Brown managed to find a new home before his eight-game suspension had even ended. Just as news surfaced that Seattle had emerged as the favorites to sign him, the Buccaneers swooped in and reached an agreement just hours after he landed in Tampa Bay for a meeting.
Head coach Bruce Arians was adamant in declaring that Tom Brady had no pull in the signing, but everybody knows that the 43-year-old quarterback has long been motivated to help Brown turn his career around.
While it speaks volumes about Brady’s character that he’s so willing to give Brown another chance, we can’t help but be creeped out by their current living situation. In a nostalgic blast from the past for Patriots fans, the four-time All-Pro is back living in Brady’s house.
Patriots writer Doug Kyed of NESN makes a great point there. Either Brady and Brown have a much closer relationship than we previously surmised, or the former and Tampa Bay have such little trust in him that they feel obligated to have him under around-the-clock surveillance.
We’re not sure what the catch is, but both possibilities raise concerns and really make you wonder why Brady is sticking his neck out THIS far to ensure that Brown is at least given the chance to make right on his laundry list of wrongs.
Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the three-time MVP has vowed to monitor Brown closely and take full responsibility for him being a good teammate and complying with coronavirus protocols and team rules.
"“Brady told them he is going to make sure this is not a problem. He guaranteed BA (Arians) that he would make sure this guy did everything he has to do, even if Brady has to drive him there himself,” La Canfora reported. “These two are going to be joined at the hip. And they made it clear to Brady that Brown is on a very short leash. If he (slips up), he’s gone.”"
From a football perspective, we obviously understand the potential benefits Brown can provide to the Buccaneers’ injury-riddled receiving corps, but the fact that he’s back to living in Brady’s house is just a further indication that this reunion is destined to blow up in the six-time champion’s face.