Over the weekend, Buccaneers free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown said he and Leonard Fournette are going to work things out with Tampa Bay. But we know how NFL offseasons go for NFL players — the more time they go unsigned, the more time they have to negotiate better deals or they get an even lower offer than what they were expecting.
For Brown, it could be that what he is hearing from the Bucs is not exactly what he wants.
Appearing on the Pat McAfee show, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport feels what the Buccaneers are offering Brown is a prove-it type deal laden with incentive. Check out the clip below.
"If Antonio Brown is going to get a real legit deal from the #Seahawks he might have to go because his deal with Tampa Bay I think is going to be a little bit of a prove it type situation"@RapSheet on AB's free agent status #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/GY0H3F6A2d— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 22, 2021
Part of the potential stalemate between the Buccaneers and Brown is the fact that Seattle is involved to some degree. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been reportedly campaigning for the veteran receiver to be signed so that he can have another target to throw to.
As for the situation between Tampa Bay and Brown, Bucs players, coaches, and front office are all on record saying that the veteran receiver basically exceeded expectations in 2020. That essentially plays in the hands of Brown wanting more than just a prove it deal.