Eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown is set for an NFL comeback after signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per ESPN. Brown, who has been out of the league since 2019 September, signed with the Buccaneers, who had one of the most talented teams in the NFL even before adding the eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.
The news of Brown signing with the Buccaneers came just a day after Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said the eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver deserves a second chance in the NFL. Brown forced his way out of the Las Vegas Raiders at the start of the last season before even playing a game and then he ended up signing with the New England Patriots.
But Brown's tenure with the Patriots was short-lived as the team released him after only one game played. "I think Antonio definitely has taken those steps [in the right direction], and like I said, nobody's perfect," Wilson said, per ESPN.
"From the conversations I've had with him, he's really been remorseful and he's been humbled along the way. Like I said, I pray that he can continue to grow, just like anybody."
Wilson thinks Brown is a 'special player'
Before this season started, the NFL announced an eight-game suspension for Brown for multiple violations of the league's personal conduct policy.
Brown twice led the league in receptions and receiving yards as he has been one of the best players at his position over the last decade. "I think the reality about Antonio is he is one of the best players to play this game obviously," Wilson said.
"I think that he has always been a special player in terms of [on] the field. The reality with Antonio is, he's had some tough moments in his life, especially as of late. I think he's gone through a lot of things he wishes he could take back and do, and just not say, whatever it might be.
But I think he is a special player, for sure. I don't know what's going to happen with him or not. I don't know how serious it is us getting him or not. But I do know that obviously he can play some football. I think that's the thing.
I've developed a personal relationship with him, and not everybody is perfect. And I think that's the reality, none of us are. So hopefully he gets to play football again."