Antonio Brown may be closing in on a return to the NFL.
Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle says that the four-time All-Pro wideout is going to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, adding that "both sides are highly-motivated to reach an agreement." ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed that validity of the report, but did say that the Seattle Seahawks do remain in the running for Brown's services.
Shortly after signing Tom Brady this past offseason, Buccaneers' coach Bruce Arians said that signing Brown "wasn't going to happen," citing the team's depth at the wide receiver position and cap situation. Evidently, things have changed.
If signed, Brown would joined a wide receiving corps that includes Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, both of whom have dealt with injuries in 2020. Scotty Miller has been a nice weapon at time for Brady, but tight end O.J. Howard is out for the season with a torn ACL and Rob Gronkowski has just 17 catches for 218 yards in the first six games of the season. Perhaps there's more room for Brown, who has 11,263 career receiving yards, than initially anticipated.
While Arians was the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh for Brown's first two NFL seasons, Schefter says that Brady has been "a driving force behind Tampa's interest." The two, of course, were teammates for a game in New England last season, with Brown catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.
In late July, the NFL suspended Brown for the first eight games of the 2020 season "for multiple violations of the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy." He'll be eligible to play again in Week 9.
Brown still has a pending court case where he's accused of sexual assault of his former trainer, Britney Taylor. Brown has countersued Taylor for defamation, among other things, but it's unclear how this could affect his availability if signed.