With Ndamukong Suh becoming the last Tampa Bay free agent to rejoin the team, the Buccaneers took a victory lap on social media.
“The first team to return to the 22 Super Bowl starters since 1977,” the team said on Instagram, with the names and numbers of the 11 returning offensive and defensive starters posted.
A 2020 Buccaneers member who is currently still a free agent had a response to that message.
“Signature @ab,” said @ab, also known as Antonio Brown.
The Bucs want to sign Brown; Last week, coach Bruce Arians said offers have been made. However, Brown and the Bucs are nowhere near a new deal.
No other team has been linked to Brown. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reportedly wants Brown in Seattle; the Seahawks have shown no indication that they are going to chase him.
Over a possible second season of Brown in Tampa Bay looms the persistent civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault and rape. Although he is not scheduled to go to trial until December, Brown will inevitably testify under oath in the case. If he behaves during the deposition the way he did in the statements made in the lawsuit stemming from allegations that he vandalized a Miami apartment, things could get off the rails for Antonio Brown.