Dreaming Of Antonio Brown

March 1st, 2019


Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht has already stated on record he has had no talks with Steelers brass about potentially acquiring quitting wide receiver Antonio Brown.

So it seems unlikely Licht would ever pull off a blockbuster deal to bring Brown to Tampa Bay. But that hasn’t stopped Will Brinson of CBS Sports from concocting a fantasy in which Licht does just that.

Brinson has the notion that Licht could trade down from the No. 5 spot and use a very limited return for the trade to ship that package to Pittsburgh for Brown.

The Deal: Buccaneers send first-round pick (5) for Antonio Brown, first-round pick (20) and third-round pick (83)

This would be SPICY because it involves a top-five pick and people will clamor about the Bucs trading a pick that high and saying it’s unfair. But this is the equivalent on the trade-value chart of giving up the 27th pick for Brown. And when you look at this draft class, I don’t think there’s anything bad about ditching a top-five slot to slide down and get the No. 20 pick, scoop up a third-round pick AND get Antonio Brown. I think the Steelers might flinch at sacrificing multiple picks in this scenario but they could potentially get a game-changing defensive player at the top of this draft. It would also be Pittsburgh’s first top-10 pick since taking Plaxico Burress in 2000. What a run that is.

Well, Joe has a problem with this. First, the Bucs would all but be giving up a chance at a player the team could build a defense around for the next decade, a Josh Allen or Ed Oliver or Devin White for a 30-year old headcase who quit on his team last year.

So the Bucs are to replace a malcontent (DeSean Jackson) with a quitter (Brown)? That doesn’t seem likely.

Then there is the ugly dose of reality called the salary cap. The Bucs are already in a pinch with the cap. Who else should the Bucs get rid of besides Jackson to make room for Brown, Gerald McCoy?

28 Responses to “Dreaming Of Antonio Brown”

  1. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    This is crazy talk. I’d draft DK Metcalf at 5 before I’d do this insane trade. Like you said Joe, there’s that salary cap thing too.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This is absurd……we would be better off trading down and drafting the best WR…..
    We can & should replace Djax with a cheaper version…or just go with who we have. An injury to Evans or Godwin would cripple us, however. So bringing in a FA makes some sense.

  3. Alanbucsfan Says:

    When you hate, it sometimes blinds you to reality.

    Joe’s previous professional hate (not personal) for D Martin blinded him to the inadequacies of OLine , scheme and coaching.

    Now, Joe’s professional hate for DJax is resulting in preposterous trade proposals and crazy free agent targeting ( John Brown is on record as saying he won’t sign a 1 year deal and Humphries wants $8 million ), and Joe is minimizing the bad coaching of last year’s affect on team members attitude – not just DJax, but Jameis as well.

    Just give Arians some credit, Joe- the man has a track record that suggests he can fix the “malcontent” issues on this team

  4. OneBuc55 Says:

    It makes you wonder if any of these clowns even look at the roster or even watch games before they write this junk…

    Why on God’s green earth would we give up that kind of capital for Brown when receiver (even without Jackson) is by far our strongest position group…it’s just a flat out ridiculous notion to even entertain…

  5. El_Buc941 Says:

    Joe your absolutely right,LICHT WILL NOT REPLACE DJAX. DJax is staying and the odd man out is McCoy. I like the idea of trading the 5th pick IF Josh Allen is gone. Also I would be in favor of trading McCoy for Brown and our 7th round pick. The Steelers want a good defense player and we could let Humphries walk,slide DJax to slot and brown opposite of Mike. DJax would be deadly fast in the slot. I salivate at the line up of Evans,O.J., DJax,and Brown. Defensive Coordinators would be restless weeks before facing this lethal offense. The Rams would look like your local high school team compared to us.lol

  6. BucsFIRE Says:

    Antonio Brown is garbage.
    No thank you.

  7. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Alanbucsfan, read the article again. This trade was NOT Joe’s idea…in fact, Joe said he would have a problem with it. Also, it’s not about John Brown.

  8. Not there yet Says:

    And this is where I have a problem with the media nonsense. People keep dreaming up scenarios then suddenly you have stupid arse people like peter king going on national radio implicating bucs in a trade and someone that makes the rumors valid all the while ignoring we don’t have cap space for key guys already. It’s ignorant and it’s annoying. Why give up all that for a guy who costs more and would have to pay longer rather than keep the other problem child who basically can be cut now or contract ends after this season

  9. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    LMAO! Of course, we would HAVE to have a QB that can consistently throw the ball (not 10 feet over their head for the 1st thru 2nd quarters, leading them out of bounds, or getting them killed with bad throws/great catches, ala Brate and Evans) to this now found WR group.

  10. tbbucs3 Says:

    How is the best receiver in the NFL garbage Bucsfire?

    The best WR in the NFL are Divas get used to it. I’m not saying to get him ,I would rather look at Bell but you have to respect his play regardless of what you think of him off the field. The dude is unstoppable.

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    This trade suggestion will not happen.

    First, it is too steep a price for Antonio Brown.

    Second, Licht and Arians won’t want Brown’s hassles, and he’s made it clear they have no interest.

    Third, assuming they keep Humphries, that gives us Evans, Godwin, Humphries and Watson. We won’t need to sign a veteran speed guy.

    Forth, Winston does better with players he can develop chemistry with as they come out of college.

    And finally, in Jason Licht’s career, he has never moved a player in the draft…so it’s unlikely he will start now. Not impossible, but unlikely.

  12. Zzbucs Says:

    Is this Brinson Guy involved in heavy drugs??? Jesús Christ!! Absurd!

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I just love how so.e of you think Joe suggested the Bucs will keep Jackson in this article. Some of you have rea reading comprehension issues.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    And btw, Antonio Brown is not the best in the NFL.

    11th in yards
    9th in receptions
    1st in TDs.

    Saying he’s the best is selective. If he were the best, he’d at least be tops in all categories, or at least top 3 in the others.

  15. BucsFIRE Says:

    He is simply not worth the trouble.
    He makes Terrell Owens look like the best teammate ever.

  16. Bird Says:


    Obviously you have never played fantasy football.
    He is the best receiver.
    Dude he has been in the league 9 years. So of course his numbers are slightly slightly down . 15 tds last year is Terrible

    Career numbers (really in 8 seasons as he didn’t really play as rookie )
    837 catches. 11,207 yards 74 tds

    That’s an average of over 100 catches per year
    Over 1,300 per year receiving
    Almost 10 tds a year.

    First ballot HOF.
    He will have 100 tds when all done.
    He gets doubles for most of career and still can’t stop him

  17. tbbucs3 Says:


    So your just gonna ignore that AB played in one last game than everybody else? Hes still 1st in the most important category in scoring touchdowns. Receptions dont mean squat if you cant do anything with them (Ex. Jarvis Landry). AB is clearly the best but Bucs fans cant handle superstar players so Jason Licht will pass.

  18. BucsFIRE Says:

    tbbucs3, lol it has nothing to do with handling superstar players. We had plenty on the Superbowl team.

    It has to do with not wanting a cancer in the locker room.
    Which is exactly all that Antonio Brown has ever been.

  19. 813bucboi Says:

    if we trade our #5 for antonio brown i’ll become a saints fan….and im dead a$$ serious…..


  20. BucsFIRE Says:


    I wouldn’t go that far, but I am definitely with your sentiment.

  21. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    People keep listing Bucs as a potential trader for AB, but there is less than 0% chance that happens.

  22. Joeypoppems Says:

    Well it would definitely be spicy lol. Its a fun fantasy, AB and Evans on the outside with Godwin in the slot (an idea Arians likes aparently, bye Hump) who would need a RB at that point? Lol. But its just a fantasy.

    I dont hate the idea of trading back and using a day 2 pick on a WR to replace djax. Its a deep class

  23. Bucsfanman Says:

    It’s like me getting a date with Megan Fox! It will NEVER happen!!!

    Still, call me Megan!

  24. Tattoodonny Says:

    No, No, No f’n way I’m giving up the 5th pick for a 31 y/o quitter. He quit on a team in need of that wk 17 game so weekday does he do, he takes the wk off? Plus we already have a franchise WR & a really good #2 (Chris Godwin) if that’s were BA puts him. Godwin also could be moved to slot bc of what BA did with Larry Fitzpatrick in Arizona. AB has talent but there are more positions I’d take before WR at 5. Jason won’t make that trade if he hopes for an extension of his own contract. “JUST SAY NO ON AB”

  25. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bird Says
    “Obviously you have never played fantasy football.”

    I don’t play Madden either. I guess that means I know nothing, huh?

  26. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    tbbucs3 Says:
    “Receptions don’t mean squat if you cant do anything with them…”

    Really? Let me ask you something:

    Which do you think helped his team the most?

    12.5 Average per reception
    86.5 yards per game
    60.6% Chance of First down
    1.0 TD per game


    14.8 Average per reception
    104.8 yards per game
    70.8% Chance of First down
    .5 TD per game


    17.0 Average per reception
    92.4 yards per game
    69% Chance of First down
    0.75 TD per game

    It’s subjective. Those are averages, so the number of games played doesn’t matter.

    Antonio Brown is not the best, even though he scored the most Touchdowns. You might think TDs are better, but that’s not always the case. The guys who got fewer had a better chance of first downs, which get the teams into scoring position.

    Julio Jones may not have the touchdowns, but Antonio Brown can’t even sniff him in any other category.

    In 2016, LeGarrette Blount had 18 Touchdowns. Was he the best running back in the NFL that year? No.

    Ezekiel Elliott was, with 3 fewer touchdowns.

  27. Buccfan37 Says:

    A native western Pennsylvanian Steeler fan tells me Brown is a disruptive force in the locker room and is a poor route runner who quit on the team.

  28. Tbbucs3 Says:


    That’s a bad argument comparing Legarette Blounts production to ABs. Are you gonna tell me that when Brown and Julio are producing at similar levels in terms of yards and receptions that touchdowns don’t matter? Touchdowns are what separate the 2. AB is clearly better.