Wide receiver Antonio Brown has found a new home with an old friend. Brown reportedly signed a one-year deal to join former teammate Tom Brady with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Despite statements to the contrary from Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians during the offseason, Brown joins a talented fleet of weapons in Florida including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Ronald Jones III, and Rob Gronkowski.
Brown’s last stop in New England was short and tumultuous the first time around with Brady. While other reported suitors included Seattle and Baltimore, Brady’s relationship with Brown appeared to play a significant role in him joining the team.
The two linked up during Super Bowl week in Miami last February. Also, Brady reportedly had friend and motivational speaker Tony Robbins contact the troubled wide receiver to offer some words of wisdom during the offseason.
Robbins and Brown speaking might explain the former Steeler and Raider receiver’s references to the motivational speaker on Twitter last March.
Seemingly, whatever Robbins told Brown has impacted him to some degree. The craziness that was on full display last year on social media has subsided.
Now, two questions loom for the Buccaneers. Can Brown’s talents on the field push Tampa into becoming a legitimate Super Bowl favorite?
And most importantly perhaps, can Brown’s personality mesh well with Tampa in the locker room and off the field?
This Tampa team is headed into deep waters that most players on the roster haven’t experienced before…the expectations of winning.
That’s not the expectations of winning a game or the NFC South; it’s the expectation to get to and win the Super Bowl.
A 43-year-old Brady, a rising young defense, and newly acquired Brown clearly signal that Tampa is arguably the NFC favorite.
And the Bucs may just have Robbins to partially thank for what Brown might bring to the team.