No Antonio Brown Talks

February 27th, 2019

Not talking trade.

The rumor is running wild within national media circles. It seems this chatter is all hot air.

Some national NFL observers who have home mailing addresses in New York City and Washington D.C. have written and hollered that the Bucs will swap out a malcontent wide receiver for a head case.

In other words, these same folks are of the mind the Bucs will trade for Antonio Brown and set free DeSean Jackson.

Not so fast, says Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht. At the podium today before several dozen national media types at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Licht put to bed the Brown-to-Bucs rumor.

Licht stated he has had no discussions with the Steelers about trading for Brown.

So there you go.

And unless Licht and Arians are building a massive smokescreen to build up trade value, it seems as if the Bucs are closer to keeping Jackson that previously believed.

28 Responses to “No Antonio Brown Talks”

  1. Rod Munch Says:

    The best defense is an offense at scores 40…

  2. Bruce Blahak Says:

    how would this be even possible if they wanted the a-hole?….a big contract to bury this team further? get some lineman on both sides of the ball this year would seem far more important..

  3. Tbbucs3 Says:

    No surprise here. Jason Licht is not interested in good players when it comes to free agency.

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    never thought he was coming in the first place….AB will go to the bears or stinking panthers….


  5. William Walls Says:

    He didn’t say he hasn’t talked to Brown’s agent.

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Amazing how no one else wants Antonio Brown. Think about that…

  7. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    This isn’t happening but AB is still the best WR in the game. We could do much dumber things like keep MeJax.

  8. Rod Munch Says:

    Every team wants Antonio Brown, but his cap number is going to be an issue for many teams, in particular when he says he wants more money. If Pittsburgh dumped him, you’d have 31 teams kicking his tires and trying to figure out who they could cut to bring him in.

  9. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    How stupid could you be?

  10. Rod Munch Says:

    Hey Joe,

    Last year at the combine you did some end of the day wrap-up posts where you gave kind of the general vibe of the place and some gossip – you should bring that back this year.

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    “smokescreen to build up trade value” – is exactly why the Bucs are talking up DJax – duh….

    You could trade DJax $10M and the $7M+ its gonna take to keep Humphries for – Antonio Brown…. Its possible. Just not reasonable or sustainable.

    Can’t be paying both Evans and Brown $16-$17M each per year.

    Boy the mind reels at the thought of your top 3 WRs being Brown, Evans and Godwin…. Man oh man that would be something to see in BA’s offense!

  12. Boogie Nightz Says:

    So trade a whinny selfish WR for another whinny selfish WR who also happens to be a total whack job and is even more expensive. Licht was right to put this to bed. I mean look at AB’s freakin hair for christ sake. He belongs in a mental hospital.

  13. Get a clue Says:

    So why is it every year you saw Licht is “playing poker” and now you are taking everything he says at face value even though it goes against the consensus around the league

  14. doolnutts Says:

    William Walls — Of course not.. That would be tampering we would be fined and possibly lose draft picks. Steelers already publically said that Brown cannot seek a trade and that the Steelers would be the ones to find him a new home upon acceptance to a trade offer…

  15. Robert Says:

    hope not, we don’t have a qb that can throw accurate past 25 yards….

    AB would be a horrible move. but get ready……..with no D jax they are gonna come up close with no threat over the top. They just gotta hope they get lucky and find a gem burner cause Godwin proved he aint a #2

    Hump will be gone, Godwin will be slot and who knows at #2.

    but hey, crabman needs someone to blame for his int’s—-hint…the new #2

  16. Boogie Nightz Says:

    @Get a clue

    If there is something so can say about the Joes is they are consistently inconsistent. Two different minds but you never who is writing what. It can be confusing.

  17. JimmyJack Says:

    I would lose a lot of excitement for the Bucs if they decided to sign Brown.

    I like to try to be supportive and try not to be quick to judge but that move would be difficult to swallow. I fail to see any way Antinio Browns presence would generate more wins. It would feel like a colossal waste of money that still keeps us as a softass football team.

  18. firethecannons Says:

    AB don’t handle fame so well, he just keeps causin himself pain

  19. Rod Munch Says:

    JimmyJack – Yeah, I can see how signing the top WR in football would prove the Bucs don’t care about winning…

    Makes sense…

  20. BucNole Says:

    Don’t need another head case quitter
    Perhaps we already have the weapons in ME, Godwin, OJ, Brate, Bobo, Watson and Sergio??? These are all team players and not an awful group.

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    Disagree Munch. Signing Brown would absolutely mean they care about winning………My grief is that is that it wouldn’t work. Tampa needs a lot more then beefing up our passing game.

    Maybe I’m wrong but it don’t sound like a winning formula to me.

  22. Not there yet Says:

    Sounds a lot more stupid when you hear national media say it out loud compared to articles. Makes no sense to get rid of the cheaper diva for the more expensive one. If Winston can’t connect with one speedy diva oh ok let’s trade him for the more expensive one and see what we get

  23. Tattoodonny Says:

    Thank God! Can you just imagine how that Diva would act knowing “they traded for him” if the spit hits the fan. He quit on his team (a team with a winning tradition btw) that needed that game. Doesn’t show up for practice or meetings just what we need, a Djaxs on steroids. JUST SAY NO TO AB!

  24. Rod Munch Says:

    JimmyJack – I don’t know why AB had the falling out with Big Ben, but him and Big Ben won a ton of games, it’s not like you’re talking about a loser mentality here. Anywho I’m not worried about it since clearly the Bucs aren’t looking to do anything with AB, but if they did, my God would it be an exciting team, adding the best WR in football to the NFL’s top passing offense that already has Evans and OJ and Godwin… I said it all last year when the team was going into the season with Conte and Ryan Smith starting that they needed to make a trade for Bell, that the best defense was an offense that can score 40, and I mean it. The defense might be a lost cause at this point that is too expensive to fix, so trade away everyone on defense of value, spend all your draft capital on defense and use all that cap space to build an unstoppable offense. Then in two years when people are sick of 42-37 victories, the defense will hopefully be coming of age as the offense stars start to age out and you then have a more balanced team.

    So in my world get AB, sign Bell, then trade away McCoy and JPP, cut all those scrubs like Beau that Licht signed last year, and just blow up the defense, well short of getting rid of David. I can’t get rid of David, but everyone else with a decent cap hit goes, play all the young guys again and use all that cap space on the offense.

  25. JimmyJack Says:

    Munch. We tried that once. They called it the “Weapons for Winston campaign”

    I am proud of the fact that I never once uttered that phrase. Gotta be able to win in multiple ways in football. Can’t make it through that way.

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    Best defense is an offense that scores 40… here’s how you make it happen…

    Trade JPP for a 3rd…
    Trade McCoy for a 4th…
    Trade D-Jax for a 4th…
    Trade Brate for a 4th…
    Cut Beau Allen…
    Cut Gholston…
    Cut Mitch Unrein…
    Cut Bryan Anger…
    Cut Ryan Smith (owed $2m)…
    Cut Evan Smith…
    Cut Noah Spence…

    With all those moves the Bucs now have $76m in cap space…

    Trade for AB, sign Bell… Lets say those two moves are $30m, well the Bucs STILL have $46m left.

    I’d franchise LT Smith for one year, just to see how he does, so that’s what, $15m? So we have $31m still.

    I’d offer Hump $6m in this situation, let’s say he takes, that means you still have $25m left to build out the rest of the team…

    So you’d have at WR, Brown, Evans, Godwin, Hump and still have a healthy OJ. Your offensive line would be in tact for another year. At RB you get a huge upgrade in Bell. The team would still need a guard, but you should be able to get one from somewhere.

    There you go, I just built out what should be one of the best offenses in NFL history, not just yards but in points. Sure the defense would suffer, but they were already worst in the NFL, so really, how much worse would they be?

    Also with those extra picks, they should be spent on defense, and the Bucs have had great luck with those mid-round picks on defense.

    I’m excited, lets make me the GM and make this happen.

  27. Pa Privateer Says:

    Brown’s contract this year with the Steelers is for 20 million…..

    20 MILLION PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brown aint coming here

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    Pa Privateer – Brown’s cap number is because of signing bonuses, those stick with the Steelers. His cap number, if moved, should be $12.6m as a base salary + a $2.5m bonus, assuming that isn’t paid by the Steelers before he’s moved. So yes, his cap number to the Steelers is $20m, but his cap number to everyone else is either $12.6m or $15m.

    In any case the Bucs aren’t trading for him, but you should understand what you’re talking about.