Antonio Brown reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 23. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, who briefly played with Brown last year, said he had the team sign the 32-year-old wide receiver.
Brown is nearing the end of his eight-game suspension, released this summer after numerous breaches of the NFL’s personal policy. He will be eligible to play week 9 when Tampa hosts the Saints.
Here is a chronology of events involving Brown after his release from the Patriots.
September 20, 2019: Sports Illustrated published a sequel to its original September 1
September 22, 2019: Until then, Brown, investigated by the NFL, took to Twitter and said he would no longer play in the league.
November 7, 2019: Brown appeared on the NFL in a series of tweets, including one that said, “F — NFL.” However, he later apologized for the messages.
November 21, 2019: Brown has filed three counterclaims against Britney Taylor, who previously accused the broad trustee of several acts of sexual misconduct.
December 27, 2019: The Saints are calling on Brown for his first team training session since his release. He reportedly left them “impressed”, but nothing came of, as Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network said he would likely be included on the commissioner’s released list, leaving him inadmissible. A few days later, Brown posted a video on Instagram calling the workout a “publicity stunt.”
January 23, 2020: Brown became a prisoner in Broward County, Florida, and was charged with battery, theft, theft, and unsatisfactory atrocities.
January 28, 2020: A Florida judge released Brown from house arrest by allowing him to travel freely while awaiting trial for assaulting the driver of a moving truck.
“I was in a bad position,” Brown said USA Today. “I’m out of it now, man. An unfortunate situation, but we’re not making excuses and we’re going to make the most of it.”
January 29, 2020: NFL member Roger Goodell told reporters that the NFL wanted to help Brown get “on the right track,” saying he would do everything he could to help the free agent.
March 26, 2020: Throughout the season, there were rumors about Brown’s potential future in the NFL. The Ravens and Seahawks were among the teams that were often considered possible destinations for Brown. Another rumored destination was spicy. Appearing on CBS Sports Radio, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Brown, joining the Bucs, “will not happen.”
June 12, 2020: Brown did not dispute the burglary and the battery charges resulting from the January incident. He was ordered to serve a two-year probationary period and 100 hours of community service.
July 20, 2020: Brown posted a new series of tweets in which he said he had finished playing in the NFL. “[At] this moment the risk is greater than the reward thank you to everyone who was part of this trip sincerely thank you for everything! life goes on 84! “Brown tweets.
July 31, 2020: The NFL has announced that it has stopped eight Brown games for multiple breaches of the league’s personal policy. At the time, Brown was advised that any future breaches of the league’s personal policy would lead to more discipline. Brown’s suspension also took effect in week 1, although he was not on the list.
October 23, 2020: Brown reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Buccaneers, his third franchise in 15 months.