Brown agreed Wednesday with the Buccaneers on a one-year, $3.08 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Brown was unsigned for more than a month before deciding to re-up with the Bucs. He'll turn 33 before the season begins and will be coming off a 2020 campaign in which he turned in a 45-483-4 receiving line in eight games. Brown was at his most productive for the Bucs in December, but a quiet postseason combined with the long history of off-field issues likely limited the number of teams that had interest in signing him. He'll again be the No. 3 receiver in Tampa, taking reps behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Meanwhile, Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson are expected to fill depth roles.
Brown has discussed re-signing with Tampa Bay, but the two sides remain far apart on money, NFL.com reports. The Bucs otherwise have managed to retain their top free agents, including RB Leonard Fournette and TE Rob Gronkowski. A return to Tampa would keep Brown in one of the best offenses in the league, but it also would keep him on a roster where he's unlikely to rise any higher than the No. 3 receiver spot. Of course, Brown may be looking at limited options, as his legal/off-field history likely means a number of teams won't consider signing him. He caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four TDs in only eight regular-season games for the Bucs last year, adding 8-81-2 in three playoff appearances.
Brown (knee) secured five of six targets for 22 yards and a touchdown during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday. The veteran midseason pickup was second in receptions to Rob Gronkowski on the night, and his one-yard touchdown grab just before halftime gave the Buccaneers a commanding 21-6 lead. Brown's signing, which was the subject of some skepticism when it unfolded, ultimately paid significant dividends. The 32-year-old finished his eight-game regular season with a 45-483-4 line, and he ended up with two scoring grabs overall in three postseason games. Brown will head into unrestricted free agency in March, and his potential 2021 destination will be a topic of discussion this offseason.
Brown (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl LV versus the Chiefs, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. A knee injury sidelined Brown for the NFC Championship Game, but with three weeks to rest up since his last game action in the divisional round at New Orleans he'll be out there for Tom Brady. Brown had one of his worst statistical performances of the season against Kansas City back in Week 12 -- two catches for 11 yards on three targets -- so he'll look to be more involved in a receiving corps led by Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Brown (knee) is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl, despite being a full practice participant Thursday and Friday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. It would be unusual for a player to miss a game -- especially this game -- after logging back-to-back full practices at the end of the week. Brown should return to action after missing the NFC Championship Game, though he won't necessarily be at 100 percent strength. The Chiefs and Bucs should release inactive lists around 5:00 p.m. ET, with Brown, TE Cameron Brate (back) and Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (calf) the three names to keep a close eye on.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/26||@Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|4||10/03||@New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|8||10/31||@New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|10||11/14||@Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
|11||11/22||New York Giants||9||20.38|
|15||12/19||New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|17||01/02||@New York Jets||18||23.13|
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|3 Year Avg||79||51||612||7||31||12.00||103|