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Bruce Arians rules out bringing free-agent WR Antonio Brown to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head trainer Bruce Arians emphatically put to relaxation any ideas that his group would reunite their new quarterback, Tom Brady, with talented, yet troubled, free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown.

“It’s not gonna happen. There’s no room. It’s just not gonna happen. It’s just not a fit here,” Arians said in an interview on the “Tiki and Tierney” show on CBS Sports Radio, adding “I just know him, and it’s not a fit in our locker room.”

Brady and Brown have a close relationship, and the two played one game together early in the 2019 season.

Brown was released by the Oakland Raiders after a troublesome training camp that included such adventures as his cryotherapy-damaged feet and a dispute over his helmet, all of which played out for a television audience on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” The New England Patriots signed Brown, who appeared in a Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins and then released him just five days later amid mounting off-the-field troubles. 

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Tom Brady congratulates Antonio Brown during the Patritots' game against the Dolphins in Week 2 last season.

Brown and Arians also have history, the most recent of which would suggest this isn’t a match made in football heaven. Arians was offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers during Brown’s first two seasons with the team in 2010-11. In an interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter in January, Arians said that Brown was no longer the same player he remembered from early in the receiver’s career in Pittsburgh, saying, “there’s too much miscommunication, too much … diva.”

Of course, Brown responded with a tweet, writing “Arians now wears kangoo hats n glasses however ima diva!” 

Brown hasn’t been on an NFL roster since that September sport with the Patriots, and faces allegations of rape and sexual assault. If a team were to sign him, Brown likely would face league discipline.

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