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Tom Brady relentlessly urged Bucs to sign Star Receiver: report

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Over time, new details will be revealed about how important Tom Brady was in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ decision to sign Antonio Brown in 2020. Lars Anderson, author of the new book A Season in the Sun, which details the Bucs championship run, shared an interesting anecdote about Brady’s campaign for Brown during an interview on The Colin Cowherd Podcast.

“Tom kept going into the BA offices [Bruce Arians] and Jason Licht, again the general manager, said, “We have to sign Antonio. We have to sign Antonio. I have to sign Antonio, ‘”said Anderson on November 3rd. “And he’s kind of worn them out, so they’re finally calling Antonio after some of his legal matters are sorted out. They take him into the building and Antonio said the right thing.

“And so Bruce and Jason decide to take a risk. Again, this is almost like having more blind faith in Tom, and I don’t want to overstate the fact that Tom played that role of assistant general manager, but he certainly influenced the decisions that Jason made. light ultimately made it. ”

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Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians previously downplayed Brady’s influence on the team’s decision to sign Brown. Instead, Arians named the Bucs’ injury rash on the wide receiver as the main reason for his change of heart.

“I know everyone is saying that Tom Brady lobbied us to get this done,” Arians told NBC Sports’ Peter King in October 2020. “Tom Brady reinstated me for me in June, July and August. I said no. It didn’t fit there. Now we’re on the hunt. I owe it to the rest of my players – if there’s one player who fits our salary cap cheaply who is a Pro Bowl player, we’ll get him on our roster.

“Who says he has to start? I mean, we just have another Pro Bowl player to use if one of these guys goes down. AB brings another dynamic to our team that we don’t have. I owe it to the rest of our players to bring the best possible team on stage. I don’t see any problems. I don’t anticipate a situation where he and I will have a problem. He knows that, if so, it is a very short-lived contract. “

It was quite a change of heart on the part of Arians that quashed the Brown rumors the previous off-season. During an interview with Tiki & Tierney in March 2020, Arians emphasized that Brown “doesn’t fit in our locker room”.

“It’s not going to happen,” Arians said of Brown on the Bleacher Report at the time. “There is no place. It just won’t happen. It just doesn’t fit here. “

Anderson revealed that it was Brady who picked Brown up from the airport when the star recipient first arrived in Tampa. As is well documented, Brown stayed with Brady briefly as he got used to Florida life. The proximity of the receiver helped Brady introduce Brown to the Buccaneers game book.

“And then when Antonio flies to Tampa, he doesn’t know anyone in Tampa, so Tom actually picks him up at the airport,” added Anderson. “Who picks up people at the airport these days? Tom lived in Derek Jeter’s mansion, the largest house in Tampa. Jeter recently sold it, but he and Gisele lived there last year and Antonio Brown stayed with them for a week or two.

“And the two of them went through the playbook together, and now, well, back to last season, how important Antonio Brown became to this team. And I know he’s injured right now, but Antonio Brown will be an extremely important player this year. “

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