Antonio Brown claims he was “cut” by the Buccaneers because of him refused to compete because of an ankle injury, but one of Brown’s former teammates believes money played a big part in his decision to remove his gear and walk away in the middle of a Bucs’ Week 17 game against the Jets.
In an appearance on Podcast “I’m an Athlete”, former Tampa Bay rerun LeSean McCoy provided insight into Brown’s implausible exit and provided an explanation for why the veteran wide receiver was so upset on the sidelines. McCoy, who played for the Buccaneers in the 2020 season, could not confirm whether Brown was indeed too injured to continue playing, but he told the podcast panel Brown was “angry” at him. are not targeted and have incentives. .
Brown is reported to be close to earning three rewards (receipts, yards and touchdowns) that would have cost $333,333 each. McCoy says Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich openly discussed player incentives in 2020, leading Brown to believe they will help him achieve his goals for the season. tournament 2021. (A recent example: During Week 18, Tampa Bay full-back Tom Brady ensured that Rob Gronkowski would hit the total number of receptions needed to get to the end of the season. earn $500,000 incentive.)
McCoy’s full breakdown from the “I Am Athlete Podcast” podcast:
“[We’re in] like, Week 13 or 14, [Leftwich is] like, ‘Hey, does anyone get any incentives on your contract? If you do, let me know. I’ll get you your paper because I’m all about that. ‘ … One of the games, Mike Evans played. We played Detroit. In fact a year has passed. We’re fine, the playoff berth and all that. Mike is trying to walk 1,000 yards. I said, ‘Yo, I like this type of coach. I respect it.’ [Arians is] okay with that.
“So let’s fast-forward. That was last year. So this year, [Brown] like, ‘Oh, I get it. Oh, that’s what we’re doing? So now, I’m up. Do you understand what I mean? I can’t catch eight? Oh, are you throwing the ball to the others? You know what I’m saying? ‘ I won’t go into all the details because those are my boys. I wouldn’t put all their business out there. But he was like, ‘Yo, are you throwing the ball to the other guys? OK, I’m hot. Oh my god, I’m hurt. I won’t go in. ‘”
McCoy ultimately disagreed with Brown’s handling of the situation, but he understood what led to his frustration.
“I don’t respect the way [Brown] McCoy reacted to that because it wasn’t the right way. … [Brown] unprofessional about it. But I was there, where the coach was trying to play with you, and he still thought he was a superstar. And he’s still good. He’s not the superstar he used to be because of the roles. “
In 15 games with the Buccaneers, Brown had a total of 87 hits from 1,028 yards and eight touches. In a statement released through his lawyer, Brown said he plans to have ankle surgery and play again next season.