Bruce Arians Reminds America Antonio Brown Is History With Bucs

January 5th, 2022

Bucs are done with him.

Yes, last Sunday, Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians announced to the free world that furniture-tossing, bicycle-winging, tantrum-throwing quitter Antonio Brown was no longer a member of the Bucs.

Still, some wondered if that was final.

Brown is still on the roster. That’s basically because the Bucs don’t want Brown popping up on another playoff team and likely because the Bucs don’t want to pay Brown for Week 18’s game. Brown’s contract with the Bucs is guaranteed.

So Arians today was asked why Brown was still on the roster if he’s toast with the team. And, oh yeah, is Brown really toast?

Yes, Arians said Brown is done in Tampa Bay. Finished. Kaput.

As for the roster spot, Arians said that was “a management decision” and did not speak further on the subject.

So yes, fans, Brown is still on the Bucs’ roster. For now.

And no, he will not be with the Bucs in the future.

44 Responses to “Bruce Arians Reminds America Antonio Brown Is History With Bucs”

  1. Robert Says:

    I smell a lawsuit unless they let him on the market. most playoff teams would sign him, even if just for the stretch run.

  2. D-Rome Says:

    I’m surprised the Bucs haven’t officially “suspended” him in some capacity but there is likely rules around such a designation.

  3. Go Bucs! Says:

    I really liked AB, now I feel like a fool…

  4. Joe Says:

    I’m surprised the Bucs haven’t officially “suspended” him in some capacity but there is likely rules around such a designation.

    Bucs are in negotiations with the NFL and the NFLPA exploring just that, along with other options.

  5. Bucfan1988 Says:

    Robert, nothing to sue the Bucs on if Brown is getting paid his contract. They just choosing not to play him…
    And even that is a question right now…

    Bucs will let him go in 2-3 weeks, haha..

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    Robert, I think you are wrong. Teams might want to sign him but they would not. Even as good as he is, its just too much of a distraction with the playoffs. His NFl career is over with.

  7. PassingThru Says:

    Some playoff team (Rams, Packers, Cowboys, Chiefs) would likely claim Brown. He’s a cheap date in terms of salary, and you know he’s going to undergo another honeymoon period with the new team, just like last year when he was a good citizen on the Bucs.

  8. Wesley Says:


  9. Bird Says:

    You wanna bet he plays for the saints next year?

  10. Lamarcus Says:

    I have a feeling that Brown is either gonna sue or Glazers will cut a check to AB

    I see now why Behilick didn’t let Tom make decisions

  11. PassingThru Says:


    I don’t know how you could come to that conclusion. AB was a key contributor to that Super Bowl run and win last season.

    And if you already forgot, Antonio Brown as signed by the Patriots. He only lasted one game though due to the misogyny allegations. It wasn’t just a player conduct issue, Robert Kraft was being investigated for his adventure at Orchids of Asia. Robert Kraft is very sensitive about his public image, which would have been further hammered by keeping AB.

  12. Francisco Guzman Says:

    He’s not being released cause someone would pick up this headcase. The guy’s still a talented wideout even at his age despite him being a mental headcase.

  13. adam from ny Says:

    leaving a person blowing in the wind, dangling from a tightrope, pending, hanging by a thread, dingleberrying, etc…

    is probably right where the bucs want him right now…they have him floating in the abyss until they officially decide the best course of action to benefit the bucs…

    and this totally makes sense – no matter what the tv media is telling you…

    the problem is he really is totally irreplaceable…

    as good as evans and godwin are, you can legitimately debate that AB is better…

    he’s that good…

    we need him, he knows we need him, and i think he has really let tom down more than anyone…

    also, this is a major distraction that can not in any form just be brushed under the rug – the media will not let it go away – it will be talked about consistently as the bucs potentially move through the playoff schedule…

    so no matter what you hear or wherever you read that he is a fungible dude……just realize he is Non Fungible Trouble…


  14. SPARKY Says:


  15. SlyPirate Says:


    In every company in the US this is a Human Resources issue. An employee became disgruntled, created and incident, and left the job.

    Before any action is taken, the organization is required to:
    1. Create an incident case
    2. Interview the parties involved
    3. Consult the employee handbook and employee contract
    4. Document the appropriate measures

    In AB’s case, they’ll need review the case with their attorneys and their insurance policy attorneys. After that, they’ll speak with his agent, the players association, and the league office.

    This is messy. I wouldn’t expect anything to finalize for 3-4 weeks.

  16. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Lamarcus is still butt hurt over Winston not being resigned. I guess last year’s Super Bowl is all Brady’s fault, too.

  17. Don’t make a scene 35 Says:

    Well I really wanted AB to run it back with Bucs this year
    But in hindsight I probably defended him a bit hard on this site
    I just admire this dudes talent and drive so much
    None of us are angels either
    I’m still AB fan
    But I got it wrong

  18. Biff Barker Says:

    The Bucs will take the by the book approach here. No hurry. Lot’s of eyeballs watching.

  19. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Adam from NY

    Freaking go back to NY Adam

    Bucs DO NOT NEED AB at all. When Tampa Bay collects another Lombardi this year , I will remind you again. IRREPLACEABLE?? PREESH HAHAHAHAHAHA.

  20. Sparky Says:

    Why should they rush? He hasn’t earned anything better than hanging in the breeze, collecting another unearned paycheck.

  21. Bucsfanman Says:

    What lawsuit? You guys need to stop day drinking!

    He’s still on the roster because releasing him would allow him to go to another team. Why in god’s green Earth would they allow this d!ck to go elsewhere after acting the way he did?!

  22. Don’t make a scene 35 Says:

    P.S. to all you’ll Bucs secondary hating , Dean hating fools out there
    35 has played pretty solid solid all year , look it up , that is the beauty of ubiquity of available facts on the internet in this digital age about grading players
    There are accurate more e than u think
    Should have 5 picks though
    Deans upside : ball skills improve
    Great open field tackler
    Instincts only getting better in this defense
    Got to get this dude a 2nd contract man
    If 24 and 35 had SMBs hands
    Better watch out throwing on Bucs

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    You have people on the sideline, as its been reported, that said Brown told Arians he was injured — and Arians says he hear anything about that.

    The whole thing sounds stupid.

    Either Arians is lying about not knowing Brown said he was injured, or he legit didn’t hear him.

    Brady losing his favorite target as the Bucs try to win another SB, to have that derailed because a coach didn’t hear something, and a player thinking the coach is saying, damn your injury, do what I say… if that’s what this all turns out to be, a misunderstanding because Arians needs a hearing-aid, my gawd…

    Yes, Brown is a nutjob, I got that. But if he’s saying his ankle is injured, and thinks Arians is saying, boohoo, play anyways, and then Arians follows it up by saying ‘you’re done’ – and nutjob Brown thinks he’s being told you’re done with the Bucs, not for the game…

    I mean these guys could just hug it out and get it over with if that’s all it was.

    Brady would take Brown back if that’s all it was, and honestly that is all that should matter. But Arians is from the Ray Perkins school of coaching, and that means, never not being GRRR… GRRRRR… GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!! Meanwhile Brown has probably spent tens of thousands in NYC on $@#%% and $@#@% and @#@!!!%, and hasn’t come down from whatever he started taking the moment he left the stadium.

  24. adam from ny Says:

    @ BucsFanSince1976:

    ok hopping on a plane right now because you said so…

    after this deep poonanny dive of course…

    a man has to eat his lunch before hitting TIA


  25. Allbuccedup Says:

    Let the man go, if your that worried about him why did you tell him to get out.

  26. Big pirate Says:

    Can’t they deactivate him like they did Keyshawn?

  27. David Says:

    Robert you’re dead wrong.
    There is not a playoff team that saw what happened, and knows his history, that wants to bring that distraction into their locker room the week before the playoffs begin.

    They are doing the smart thing and trying to figure out how they can get out of paying him and making sure no one else picks him up, even though that is highly unlikely

  28. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I thought he was already done when BA and his assistant coaches told him he was done in front of 50,000 people last Sunday? That’s going to be a fun topic to discuss with the players union. Of course a team would pick him and sign him, Da, he kinda knows the Bucs playbook. Though you wouldn’t know it by some of his routes last week.

  29. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Oh and he would squeal like a pig to get back at BA and apparently Brady.

  30. sasquatch Says:

    Some people talking about AB suing the team? For what? He’s getting paid either way. They’re under no obligation to play him. So far, the Bucs certainly have done nothing he could legally gripe about.

  31. adam from ny Says:

    what if:

    they keep shooting down any convo and questions about his so it slowly dies down…

    and they conceal him like a secret weapon and on wildcard weekend he comes jogging out with the team for the game like a “weapon X”


  32. adam from ny Says:


  33. Nprbuc Says:

    Rod. You’ve got to stop with all the fantasy talk! Do you seriously believe that this whole incident happened over a matter of a minute or two on the sidelines? That it is an issue of BA mishearing or misunderstanding what AB may or may not have said to him? Just an outta the blue “ play hurt or get out of here”. I am sure we will find out that this went much deeper than your guess about sideline chatter. We have a gazillion coaches. Think any of them may have been involved? Did OJ and Mike misunderstand what AB said also? If Brown was claiming injury, wouldn’t he have said something to one of the trainers or medical staff? They just came out from halftime. Why wasn’t he in the locker room being treated? Pretty good trick to walk just fine with no limp, run just fine and be able to do jumping jacks with no discomfort in a torn up ankle. Sorry Rod. Can’t buy your scenario at all.

  34. Mickman Says:

    No lawsuit here. Suspend like they did with Keyshawn. Ask him how his lawsuit worked out…Nothin!

  35. westernbuc Says:

    The courts routinely side with the league over its discretion to suspend players. I don’t know what AB’s case would be, given his exit and history.

  36. Don’t make a scene 35 Says:

    Cmon Joe

  37. Buczilla Says:

    Brown is like the crazy ex girlfriend/boyfriend that you had fun with, but knew deep down that it would never last. He was a huge part of our team last year and I’m glad that we brought him back for this year, but his nutty a$$ had to go!

  38. Zwak Says:

    Sorry I’m not buying it all smoke and mirrors!

  39. stpetebucsfan Says:

    “the problem is he really is totally irreplaceable…”

    Bwaahaahaaa. That’s truly absurd!!! Even if I let you claim that he’s the very best W.R. in the entire NFL…I can stipulate to that and it’s still absurd.


    Meanwhile..reality check. It’s playoff time. The best safeties and corners in the league…DC’s determined to keep EVERYTHING in front of them devalue players like AB…CG…except for the occasional messup in coverage…

    Playoff Lennie and Leveon Bell out of the backfield will put AB’s targets to good use!!! Bell has already been used wide out…who knows what kind of concoctions Brady and Leftwich can cook up.

    I’m getting really JACKED for the playoffs!!!

  40. stpetebucsfan Says:

    BTW I do not think it’s an insult to Leftwich or BA to realize that Brady will get and DESERVES a lot of input as the braintrust crafts the postseason offense.

    Brady actually has three more years in the league than Leftwich so it’s no insult just fact to say he is more experienced and has seen more. That’s NO disrespect to Leftwich.

  41. bucschamp Says:

    I fear AB will sell his knowledge of bucs playbook to our opponents.

  42. ModHairKen Says:

    AB had his chance and blew it. He needs to be retained through game 17. Don’t give him a chance to play on the playoffs. He’s too hurt. Remember?

  43. Rod Munch Says:

    Nprbuc – I’m just having some fun with it. Also, no, nothing like that is ever just one thing. However, that one thing, could have waited until the end of the season just as easily. But the Bucs are trying to win a SB, and from what I’ve heard so far, none of the other players are leaking, trashing AB. If AB was a cancer to the locker-room, I think ‘anonymous’ sources would be leaking everything left and right, but so far, I haven’t seen that – maybe I missed it?

    But if AB wasn’t an issue in the locker-room, and the only triggered person here is Arians, who clearly wanted to cut AB and Licht told him no, if that’s all it is, Arians personal agenda – then he needs to grow up and act like a 85-year old man and realize he only has to deal with AB for a few more weeks.

    BUT I could be completely wrong as well. I’m just having some fun with the scenario, but also not kidding, if AB hasn’t previously been an issue in the locker-room, if other other players weren’t sick of him, the Arians should have sucked it up for a few more weeks.

    The big thing is if Brady ends up blaming this on Arians. It doesn’t sound like that’s the case, but really, that’s the big thing to me, since the team is nothing if Brady isn’t here next year.

  44. lambchop Says:

    People have said AB changed his tune after he felt slighted by the Bucs during his suspension. Like as if his fake vaccine card should just be swept under the rug and the Bucs go to bat for him. I mean the Bucs were one of two teams, if I remember correctly, that stated they were 100% vaccinated and AB made the Bucs into a laughing stock, but the Bucs owe AB empathy? Are you kidding?

    I don’t know how entirely nuts AB is, but I know he’s 100% a narcissist. You knew something was going to happen with his weird outburst when Jenna Laine asked him if he appreciated BA having his back. The guy is a POS and ungrateful little entitled quitter.

    How hurt was he that he could practice, play, and perform his swan song on his way out of the middle of the 3rd quarter? He’s either a pansy or a liar. I’m thinking it’s mostly a lie with a little daisy mixed in. JPP should have slapped him around a few times.