Per The Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud, Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown has signed his new contract just a few days after Bruce Arians explained why the deal had yet to go through in an official capacity.
WR Antonio Brown has signed his contract with the Bucs.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) May 25, 2021
The deal was agreed to in principle a couple of weeks ago, but Brown was unable to pass his physical. He had an arthroscopic procedure done on his knee and as a result, he passed the physical.
Per The NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport, it was necessary surgery. It is the same knee that caused Brown to bow out of the NFC Divisional matchup with the Saints and miss the NFC Championship Game against the Packers.
The team released an official statement after the signing was announced. The Bucs also signed cornerback Dee Delaney, putting them at the maximum of 90 players:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today re-signed wide receiver Antonio Brown and signed
cornerback Dee Delaney.
Brown (5-10, 185) returns to Tampa Bay after playing in eight games and making four starts for the Buccaneers during the 2020 regular season, recording 45 receptions for 483 yards and fourtouchdowns. Throughout Tampa Bay’s 2020 postseason run to a 31-9 win in Super Bowl LV, Brown hauled in eight receptions for 81 and two touchdowns over three games played.
The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver and four-time All-Pro selection ranks first in NFL history (min. 100 games) in receptions per game with 6.4 and ranks third all-time in receiving yards per game with 84.5, trailing only Julio Jones (95.5) and Calvin Johnson (86.1) among qualified players. He also ranks 23rd all-time in career regular-season receptions (886), 31st in receiving yards (11,746) and tied for 30th in receiving touchdowns (79).
Prior to arriving in Tampa in 2020, Brown played nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers
(2010-18) and spent part of the 2019 season with the New England Patriots. For his career,
Brown has appeared in 139 games, making 107 starts, recording 886 receptions for 11,746
yards and 79 touchdowns, averaging 13.3 yards per catch. He owns the longest streak in
league history with 35 consecutive regular season games with at least five catches and 50-ormore receiving yards. He has recorded seven seasons with 1,000-or-more receiving yards, six seasons with 100-plus receptions and four seasons with 10-or-more touchdown receptions.
Since entering the league in 2010, Brown ranks second in the NFL in both receptions and
receiving yards, while ranking third in receiving touchdowns. The veteran wide receiver has
played in 13 career playoff games – including both Super Bowl XLV (with Pittsburgh) and SuperBowl LV (with Tampa Bay) – tallying 59 receptions for 918 yards (15.6 avg.) and six
From 2013-18, Brown was named to the Pro Bowl in each of the six seasons, while earning four consecutive All-Pro honors from 2014-17. He led the league in receiving in both 2014 (1,698 yards) and 2017 (1,533 yards), while finishing second in 2015 with a career-best 1,834 yards – the fourthmost ever recorded in a single season in NFL history. Brown also finished first in the NFL in receptions in back-to-back seasons in 2014 (129) and 2015 (136) – the fifth-most and third-most single-season reception totals all-time, respectively – while leading the league in receiving touchdowns in 2018 (15).
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