Kay Adams On Antonio Brown: “Careful, Careful Buccaneers”

April 3rd, 2021


Don’t let the allure of furniture-tossing, bicycle-throwing Antonio Brown cloud the big picture for your Bucs.

That’s the word for Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians and AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht. And it comes straight from NFL Network’s it-girl Kay Adams.

Recently discussed on “Good Morning Football,” which Adams co-hosts, was subject of Brown’s contract impasse with the Bucs. Adams believes while Brown is a documented asset for the Bucs, don’t let the contract hassling or focus of trying to bring him back distract from a bigger prize — signing fellow receiver Chris Godwin to a long-term deal.

“He’s a player that is hard to be objective about,” Adams said. “But if you look at the numbers objectively, [Brown] has six touchdowns in his last six games including the playoffs and the Super Bowl. And [the Bucs] had an eight-game win streak. He was a big part of that.

“I will say, ‘Careful, careful Buccaneers.’ I don’t want them to do anything that will make it more difficult to bring back guys [in the future]. Let’s not forget, they need to get a long-term deal done with Chris Godwin. I don’t want to see this franchise tag nonsense going forward.

“Chris Godwin deserves a contract. If [re-signing Brown] is going to impede that or increase the level of difficulty, I’m out.”

Adams makes a fantastic point. Brown was very much a key cog in the stretch drive to the Super Bowl except for the time he missed with a bum knee (much of the Saints game and all of the NFC championship against the Packers).

Godwin is a much bigger piece of the puzzle than Brown is. So yeah, if Licht could use the money he may have allocated for Brown to lock up Godwin, that may be cash better spent.

Joe suspects with the economy about ready to burst again with The Sickness starting to subside and more and more people being vaccinated, along with the rivers of revenue from the new NFL media rights deals, the Bucs will have enough Team Glazer loot to keep Godwin.

55 Responses to “Kay Adams On Antonio Brown: “Careful, Careful Buccaneers””

  1. Hammerhead Says:

    I’m not feeling good about this guy. I think we got lucky last season that he didn’t bring his nut job behavior to our locker room. All the other more important free agents have signed. Let him go. He’s not that important he can’t be replaced. Red flags and question marks. He should be grateful he got offered another contract to play on this team. Remember he signed midway into last season because no one else wanted him.

  2. Beeej Says:

    I doubt Brown is being offered much more than we have Aaron Stinnie

  3. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Cosign- if another explosive receiver is what you want (or what Tom Brady wants) then there are a plethora of unreal players that can be had on a rookie contract. Guarantee nothing happens until after draft to see how that shakes out. Frankly a Kadarius Toney has far more upside than a Scotty Miller for example. Yeah yeah we all love Scotty and Tyler Johnson but I have no time for emotions or feelings let the best man win. In any case – I would prefer an edge rusher and LB/OL depth but I wouldn’t quite rule out them taking whomever is their BPA when they pick, it could be a receiver for all we know

  4. Marine Buc Says:

    How is signing AB to a one year deal interfere with signing Godwin to a long term deal? Godwin is currently on a franchise tag for this year he isn’t going anywhere and if the Bucs want to pay him @ $20 million per year they will.

    Godwin’s long term deal has absolutely othi g to do with AB signing a contract for the 2021 season.

    This statement seems pretty naive IMO but then again what do you expect from a talking head at the NFL network crap morning show?

  5. Marine Buc Says:


    Godwin’s long term deal has absolutely nothing to do with AB signing a contract for the 2021 season.

    I hate my phone…

  6. Bucs since 76 Says:

    If the Bucs sign Godwin to a long term contract it will most likely free cap space this year. That will make it easier to sign Brown to a one year deal not harder. Her comments make no sense.

  7. Alanbucsfan Says:

    It’s a good bet that AB’s agent is just trying to leverage interest from other teams in order to maximize offer from Bucs – this may drag on past the draft, but Bucs are in a good position because of Brady and AB lives in Florida.

  8. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    She’s right. AB can can be the ingredient that screws up the whole meal. I feel like we got lucky last season because he was desperate to get back into the NFL

  9. Casual Observer Says:

    Although I really hope they sign AB for one year, his saga seems to be dragging on too long. Get a decision.

  10. Jerry Says:

    Bucs are not going to take any risks with him. WR is not a need. And I don’t think Arians was all that hot on bringing him on board anyway. Bringing him in was Brady’s request, and at a time when Godwin and Evans were both nursing injuries. AB was nothing more than an insurance policy….and we did cash in on some of that policy.

    But now we have options. If we are confident in the development of Tyler Johnson, we will still with what we got. Or we could draft a guy or snag someone off waivers.

    We don’t need to overpay for AB. And he’s a bit foolish if he thinks he’ll get a big contract here or anywhere right now. He’s got a looming trial in December. No one is going to pay him anything much more than vet minimum until that trial is resolved. He can pout his way out of the league if that makes him mad.


    Just sign him with contingencies and be done with it. If he screws up or gets suspended cut him. He did nothing last year for Bucs or Bucs fans to be soured on him. That’s how easy it is. Browns low salary has no effect on Godwin. If anything Godwin, Tyler & Scotty can learn from him.

  12. Buczilla Says:

    If Godwin stays healthy for the entire year and challenges or surpasses Mike for the number one receiver role, then we should pay him accordingly. Otherwise, we should let him walk and let some other team overpay for him. No way in hell that Godwin is worth 18 plus million as of today today. Let Dallas and the Chargers be the boneheads for overpaying above average at best (Keenan, Amari) wide receivers.


    To be honest I am more concerned about Fournett than Brown, Brown is under a microscope, Lenny has also had issues in the past and he is competing with a better RB.

  14. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Not totally true that it wouldn’t have an effect on ability to sign Godwin to a long term deal….any Cap space we DON’T use (like for Brown) gets carried over into future years. Teams only have to spend a minimum amount but they do not need to spend every dollar of the cap space.

    So in defense of the lovely and amazing Kay….not spending $5M on AB this year could be that extra $5M needed to lock Godwin in for future years

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Chickens coming home to roost…..pay the piper….

    Godwin should have been extended last year…..would have been much cheaper going forward….but no, no, no….Joe & others say…..why do that?….Godwin is under contract…..worry about that next year…..
    The same can be said now.

    And, surely they can negotiate a long term deal and still bring in AB…..

    If we can’t get one done……franchise him again…..sure it’s 20% more….but….what the hell….it’s next year.

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    Signing Brown and a Godwin long-term deal are not equivalent.

    Brown is a good player, but TEAM is more important.

    I suspect at “the end of the day” Brown will be back close to Buc terms.

  17. WhatTheBuc Says:

    The problem here is that you guys are assuming that AB wants to sign a 1 year deal. He may be looking for a multiple year deal with a good amount guaranteed. Contract length could be what is holding this deal up. Kay may be correct. If AB wants 10-15 million on a multiple year deal, no team can allocate that percentage of their cap to one position group.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    It’s humorous that everyone now seems to totally disregard the NFL salary CAP when looking at decisions such as signing AB or doing a long-term contract for Godwin or whatever. I suspect that our current CAP situation is why AB is still on the street.

    Bucs right now are sitting at MINUS $5,468,108 with only 59 players signed (yup, $5.4 mil OVER our adjusted salary CAP based on the Top-51). That’s #30 in the NFL by the way (only 4 teams are negative right now, and we be one of them). And of those 59 signed players, I’d suspect that as many as 15 of them probably won’t be on our roster come Game 1. The bottom-8 of those 15 don’t count against our Top-51 salary CAP anyways, and the other 7 will likely be replaced by our draft picks, and that’ll probably be close to a push in terms of the salary CAP.

    Bucs could kick the can down the street a tad further by restructuring 1 or 2 more contracts (D Smith & Jenson maybe?), but at this moment in time I’m guessing that they just don’t have the $$$ to throw AB’s way. We’ve gone all-in for 2021 in re-signing all our FAs … but 1. It took some fancy footwork on JL’s part just to get to this point, but it’ll be interesting to see what other tricks he has up his sleeve to move on from this point.

  19. Oxycondoms Says:

    Long offseason for brown to mess up. Bucs might be waiting to see how he behaves. In the meantime lowball him or anothr wr see if they bite

  20. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I’m going to trust Jason Licht over Kay Adams any day. And that goes for all the armchair GMs, too.

  21. Jon Says:

    The senile sniff monster is about to raise everyone’s taxes and money printing is soon to trigger inflation. There is no economic burst forthcoming

  22. Bird Says:

    It appears he has no real offers other then bucs

    But To say he is not important is wrong
    He could be wr1 on a few teams

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    Theres a good chance Brady wants Brown back. And if thats the case the Bucs are obligated to make it happen. Im sure that doesnt mean they will pay him whatever he wants. Tom understands the money end…..so he might have to convince AB .

    But if we get Brown back thats a good thing. Dont forget about that. He and Tom have chemistry and experience if the biscuit offense. Getting Brown back is a much better scenario for 2021 then bringing in a new face or drafting a unproven rookie.

  24. Eddie Says:

    I want Antonio Brown on my team. He can still bring it, I know that the Bucs are loaded at wide receiver, but I want AB. He and Brady play well together. He may be the third option but he’s the best WR on the team.

  25. JimmyJack Says:

    And Im with Cobraboy. Brown probably wants two years with Brady winning rings. And he wants to be paid well to do it. The Bucs probably want Brown on a 1 year proove me deal on the cheap. It sounds like the 2 sides are pretty far off right now.

  26. windbaggery Says:

    AB is optional. If he wants to play in Tampa, he’ll do it on their terms, not his. How many weapons do we have without him? Our targets are ridiculous, and Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller deserve the opportunity to *develop* (one of the Joe’s just groaned). They’ve also got another young guy developing behind the scenes, named Travis Jonsen (reported on another site).

    AB doesn’t have a future in Tampa, the rest of the guys do. The young guys are ready to step up… Scotty Miller’s TD catch in the Green Bay game may have been the biggest play of the postseason for us.

  27. Buxszntkt Says:

    Never underestimate Kay, she’s so hot she must have a point there. Note that gorgeous dainty hand with long slender fingers, mmmmmm.

  28. JC Says:

    Brown Is A Offensive Stud! He Is Impossible To Cover One On One IIn The Red Zone/Goal Line! Super Bowl Proved That! Brown Can Create Space For Himself.. Huge Huge Mistake If He Goes To Another Organization.

  29. Bird Says:


    Send me an email
    I will donate to joebuc to get out of 2 hour moderation

  30. #1 BUCFAN Says:

    Let Brown go…… sign Godwin to a long term contract.

  31. Ben Says:

    Bottom line is: AB is all of the above for a winning SB BUCS team.
    Pay him. He proved his tank is still full. GO BUCS!!

  32. Jr Says:

    Who cares go all in on AB keep him for now you never know who gets hurt just win 2 super bowls everybody is happy lets do this!

  33. Mr Fresh Says:

    Look at total number of touch downs between Brown n all the other receivers . Think if each receiver had the same number of tds in 6 games as Brown. Hell they planned more games n average less tds. Secondly some of their tds came off of Brown being double teamed. Let Brown go n see what happens

  34. Miller5252 Says:

    I’m sure AB is probably broke now with all the trouble he got in and having to pay back his money to the raiders. So he’s gonna pitch for the biggest contract he can get to make sure he has enough to pay off the remaining problems he’s got going on. If he was important, teams would be throwing money at him right now and it sure doesn’t sound like they are. Keep it small for him and if he comes into preseason with an attitude, send him down the road!

  35. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    I’m honestly dubious about both AB and Lenny this year. They played nice mostly last year, but both are potential sulking types with bad attitudes.

  36. Cbj57 Says:

    Tom Brady will be gone and soon so don’t get drunk off of this short lived success the bucs are having just like when Warren Sapp left and Derek Brooks left you going back to those days.

  37. Youngbucs Says:

    Homersimpsonrocks I agree with you Lenny already showed his true stripes.

  38. Executive Concerts & Management Inc. Says:

    AB only competition as best wide receiver in NFL is Tyler Lockett. He just got 50 Million Dollar Contract. AB is a top receiver. His hands are made like glue. Has great speed and runs fantastic routes. Are we winning now or latter? AB is the now!!

    The NFL is two faced. How do you rail-road a multi-millionaire for throwing some crappy furniture that he owns? You got some Billionaire owner’s and star quarterbacks that have done a lot worst and the NFL just turned a blind eye to. AB is excitement.

  39. IrishMist Says:

    Kay knows a bad boy when she sees one. No doubt she’s met her fair share.

  40. Randell Jackson Phares Says:

    I wouldn’t put 2 cents on what Kay Adams or any other football host says, about building your team, she wasn’t in on the putting together the Superbowl winning team last year, and you guys don’t need the extra info on team building now. If I were the Buccs head office and I was looking for another for advice on Brown, I would ask Tom Brady, after all he is way more than a QB.
    Tom Brady is a QB, coach, GM, team capital, team player( takes less money so team’s can build a championship teams.) For many years I still called Joe Montana the GOAT, but finally with good reason. He is the GREATEST player of all time! And I grew up a cowboy fan, from 1964 to 2016 when they screwed up.
    I’ve been a Tom Brady fan and where ever he plays since.
    GO BUCS!!!!!

  41. Trey Long Says:

    Brady to Brown is an elite weapon.
    Keep it going!

  42. BucEmUp Says:

    Scotty miller with a full offseason with Brady should fill in just fine as long as its brady drawing up plays for miller and not Byron Leftwich., Not worried

  43. Howard Cosell Says:

    AB is just a crotchety, mean-spirited ****er.
    Just like Sapp.
    That personality trait works out well on the field and not so well off the field.

    Sapp learned how to finish his on-field career without getting arrested.
    Lets hope Brown can do the same

  44. SlyPirate Says:

    Obviously teams aren’t lining up to sign AB. Time is on Tampa’s side. His value goes down by the day and will plummet after the draft.

  45. Jerseybuc Says:

    100% Kay. He is explosive in a number of ways. Move forward.

  46. 6throundpick Says:

    AB makes the Bucs Super Great. And he’s trending upward. And he plugs in, now. Honestly, I have never seen TB12 get so hyped about any particular WR. And that’s not to say that his teaming with Moss wasn’t special. However, Tom knows; see’s it unfolding on the field before the season starts. Just sayin…

  47. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I trust Licht. If they can get AB on an “affordable” one year deal of course we bring him back. He is the real deal…on the field.

    So we would have two GREAT WR’s in addition to ME13…two improving WR’s in Scottie and Tyler Johnson…we’d be hard to stop.

    We’d have another year to sort things out and make sure the ring and success havent’ gone to AB’s head…not on the field…again he’s a true PLAYER…off the field he now has one great year on his resume. Has he grown up? Will he be able to stay out of trouble for another year.

    With the talent we have we can take that chance.

    @D.R. You are my cap go to guy. I’m curious. What happens to teams that end up heading into the season way over the cap. What kind of penalty is there?

  48. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Win now …worry about the rest later

  49. Capt.Tim Says:

    If TOM BRADY thought Godwin was such an asset, he wouldn’t have worked so hard to to get Antonio Brown on the team.
    The greatest QB of all time looked at our WRs, and wanted to sign domeone else.
    The someone who is the best WR in the NFL. And yeah, he’s crazy.
    But our super talented team couldnt find its way to the playoffs, until Brady brought in the missing pieces.
    Not Olinemen, like many uninformed expected.
    He brought in a RB, A TE, and a WR.
    And we won a SuperBowl.

    I think Brady and Brown have a respect, that keeps Browns ego in check.
    I suspect Brown is waiting for Licht to free up more money- so he can sihn a 2 year deal.
    Then Brady, Brown, and Gronk ride off in to the Sunset together. Meybe Playoff Lenny also.

    With a couple more rings on their fingers.

  50. Craig Fulton Jr Says:

    Tell her shut the **** up and worry about something more relevant instead of trying to bring a man down after he has been resurrected. Someone tell her to “Call God” he will find her true calling because being a critic is far out. Bye bye now 👋

  51. Bobby Korgut Says:

    Sign AB!!
    He was an integral part of the
    SUPER BOWL. What’s to debate.
    Sign Godwin too but if I had to choose AB
    would be my pick. Godwin drops too many
    big plays. AB is money.
    AB problems are exacerbated by the
    Medias constant talk of it making it
    bigger than life….Sign and let him play.

  52. Defense Rules Says:

    StPete … I stopped being concerned about the salary CAP months ago, although I’m certain Jason Licht hasn’t forgotten about it for 1 second. Bucs have made the decision to ‘go for it’ in 2021, and essentially reworked many contracts to ‘kick the can down the street’ (mortgage the future one might say). Using that technique, they’ll be able to get under the CAP by the start of the season. We’ll pay for those decisions in the future, but hey, Tom Brady’s only gonna be with us for 1 or 2 more years probably, so ‘go for it’ while we’ve got the horses now makes sense.

    Penalties are quite severe BTW IF a team started the season over the CAP, but that almost never happens. For instance … “Penalties for violating or circumventing the cap regulations include fines of up to $5 million for each violation, cancellation of contracts and/or loss of draft picks.” That’d be ugly.

  53. Keith Says:

    All you no playing couch potatoes with your critical opinions hidden under a veneer of your so-called good for the team perspectives. Covering up your hatred and jealousy of a player getting rich is laughable. If you were not so obsessed with sports in the 1st place, then maybe their contracts for all those involved wouldn’t be so Outrageous. God knows there is so much more important things in life on earth that deserve your fanatical allegiance. No doubt there is potential for life changing circumstances good and bad in playing this Game but when you have not worked so insanely hard and sacrificed so much to get that opportunity to be in these situations. The players and not us have earned that right to receive whatever they can from their company/employer/business/owners/team as they can. So all you Copperhead minded individuals deal with it you helped create it, while they eat lavishly. So continue to pay for it and have to watch it too go down🤣…while you can’t do nothing about it but boo woo☹. So good luck with hoping that your opinions will have any impact on this cooperation opps I mean the Bucs signing decision on Antonio Brown or any other players for that matter…So let us continue to thirst to be lead down the rabbit hole while we gest and cheer for more diversions from truth, reality and real unity as a one people in all matters of substance.

  54. Todd Oakes Says:


  55. Free falls Says:

    Ab should feel lucky to be with the bucs. He should resign any deal they throw at him. He was given a chance when nobody wanted him and it was Brady who got him there. He did his job and was successful at helping the bucs win the Super Bowl. He should show some appreciation and sign whatever deal that they can give him and help the team have another successful season and go to the Super Bowl again. Ab just do it. If he does leave I’m sure Fitzgerald would be more than happy to fill the spot. Go bucs