With Antonio Brown joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reports have surfaced that Tom Brady was the driving force in bringing the troubled wide receiver onto the team while others within the organization preferred to stay away from him.
But Bucs head coach Bruce Arians refuted such reports following Sunday’s win over the Las Vegas Raiders.
“Tom had nothing to do with this,” Arians said. “This is something [GM] Jason [Licht] and I have been talking about for some time.”
The belief that Brady would lure Brown to Tampa has been lingering ever since the former Patriots quarterback signed with the Bucs in March.
The pair had only played one game together in New England last year before Brown was ultimately cut by the Patriots following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Yet, the two appeared to have maintained a healthy relationship and certainly seemed to have chemistry on the field in their lone game together, with Brady connecting with Brown four times for 56 yards and a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.
But with Brown, who is eligible to begin playing by Week 9, comes controversy, and Arians does not sound as if he will have a whole lot of patience if things begin to go off the rails.
Arians told Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer on Sunday that his message to Brown this week will be, “Be a team player, or be gone.”