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Bruce Arians credits the culture of the Bucs for players returning

Also provides an update on Antonio Brown.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the rest of the NFL are well into their offseason preparations as they are moving towards building what they hope will be a wining team in 2021. The Bucs were able to bring back all 22 starters from their Super Bowl roster, making them early favorites for some to return back to the NFL’s big game.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians was asked about what he thinks made Tampa Bay such an easy decision for their top players to return for another shot at the Lombardi Trophy.

“I think they all know the culture and love the culture,” Arians Said. “They’re all getting paid, ain’t nobody coming back cheap. It’s a great organization. We have a team that should be in the hunt again. But I think the comradery of that football team, what they went through together with the pandemic and everything else, there’s a bond that starts and it’s hard to break that bond. They all want to play with each other.”

Big names like Shaquil Barrett, Chris Godwin, Lavonte David, Ndamukong Suh, and Leonard Fournette want to play with each other — as Arians puts it — and are all returning for 2021. However, one other big name still remains unsigned and he goes by the name of Antonio Brows.

The way Arians described that situation, the ball is in the veteran receiver’s court.

“It’s going to take our time. There are offers out there, we’ll see how it goes.”

Brown has reportedly been linked to the Seahawks and Ravens, while a 49ers Pro Bowler has tried recruiting him. Clearly there are options being weighed by the 32-year-old, but the Buccaneers are pressing forward and will continue to grow their team’s culture — with or without Brown.