Antonio Brown is officially no longer Buc.
Tampa Bay released Brown on Thursday, finally ending his time with the Buccaneers. The Super Bowl defending champions decided to cut the wide tube after he took off his jersey, pads and jersey during Sunday’s win over the Jets and walked off the field.
The Brown drama has only gotten more frantic since then when he took aim at members of the team, including Tom Brady and head coach Bruce Arians, and claimed the team ignored his ankle injury. him and ask him to play through it. Tampa Bay has denied Brown’s claim that the team covered up his injury, saying he was released to play.
Now that Brown is no longer a Buccaneer, he’s hit the relinquishment cord, meaning any team in the league can claim and try to sign him before post-season with the intention of playing him. that. Some playoff teams might be interested in taking the risk by adding him to the roster to help ease the tension.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport Explains that no team would be interested in claiming Brown’s exemption because another team could then swoop in and grab him before the knockouts, but he noted that the timing of his debut gives teams the opportunity to sign him and let him play in the post-season.
“Like let’s say, I’m not going to pick a team, but just pick a team in the knockout stages. One team wants him, then another team will say, ‘We don’t want this team to get him. We ‘will ask him.’ People will be completely silent about what they want before the giving-up rope hits and then we’ll find out what’s really there,” Rapaport said. “…I’d be surprised if someone claimed him because one, there’s a lot out there, two, he’s said he’s planning to have ankle surgery.”
As Rapaport said, for a number of reasons, it’s unlikely that Brown will ever get a claim. He has a lot of problems off the pitch and may not even play if he decides he needs ankle surgery. But if he is declared, which team might be interested in taking a risk with him? Sporting News take a look.
Dallas looked set to head into the knockout stages with a strong set of receivers, but Michael Gallup tore his ACL on Sunday, wrapping up his season and diving into the team’s receiver depth. The team is still led by CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Schultz, Amari Cooper, and Cedrick Wilson, but Wilson is mostly the pick of the punch line and Schultz is the tight finisher, making Lamb and Cooper the top threat to the team. .
Signing Brown would of course be a gamble, but the Cowboys haven’t made it past the subdivision knockout since 1995 and are desperate to go deeper in the knockout stages this time around.
Well, the team that just beat the Cowboys could really find a way to keep him out of Dallas’ reach and build its own reception depth. Arizona’s top receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, tore his MCL in Week 14. And while he could be back in the knockouts, the Cardinals aren’t sure when or even if that will happen. or not.
Without Hopkins on the field, the Cardinals really lack a genuine No. 1 pick for full-back Kyler Murray. Christian Kirk leads the team with 939 yards of receiving the ball, but he is primarily a pass receiver, and AJ Green is not the explosive player he once was with the Bengals. Brown almost immediately became Murray’s most trusted target if Arizona brought him in.
Kansas City feels like a perennial team that’s always under attack, but if there’s one area where it could use additional help, it could be widely adopted. Tyreek Hill continues to be one of the best weapons of the tournament, but Bryon Pringle, Demarcus Robinson, Josh Gordon and Mecole Hardman have yet to present another threat to Patrick Mahomes he can count on.
Given the number of options Kansas City has, Brown won’t be pressured to immediately speed things up the way he might in other destinations, but he’s still sure to become a popular target in the game. strong attack.
Antonio Brown and Aaron Rodgers playing together? That would be an interesting combination to say the least. The Packers don’t have the same early-fall injury problems that the Cowboys or Cardinals have had, but they’ve done their best this year, and the depth behind Davante Adams in the wide tube isn’t as strong as other teams.
They were rumored to be a team of Odell Beckham Jr at the start of the season but missed out when Beckham landed in Los Angeles. Brown will have to get through several teams to get to Green Bay on the exemption rope, but if he’s available, why not make a move for Brown now?
NFL Renunciation Order
The order of abandonment in the NFL is established in reverse order of the current league standings.
So for any playoff team looking to sign him, they’ll need to hope he gets through all the non-playoff teams first.
Here is the reverse order of the rankings:
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