It seems like Tom Brady is going to be Antonio Brown’s babysitter this season.
Before the Bucs signed Brown, Brady reportedly pushed hard for the team to pick him up despite the fact that head coach Bruce Arians said he wasn’t interested in Brown because he felt he was a “diva.”
Tom Brady has been a driving force behind Tampa’s interest. Now both sides working to make it happen. https://t.co/rIyKcYN3Mu
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2020
From @NFLGameDay: Tom Brady wanted to bring two players with him when he landed with a new team in free agency — Gronk and Antonio Brown. With AB joining the #Bucs, Brady gets his wish and Tampa gets more firepower. pic.twitter.com/ApC0xRBBma
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 25, 2020
According to CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora, Brady personally vouched for Brown and told the team that he would do everything necessary including having Brown live with him to make sure he abides by all team rules this season.
Via CBS Sports
Brady is the primary reason Brown is in Tampa, league sources said, and he personally vouched for the troubled receiver in conversations with the coaching staff and management. Brady assured the team’s brass that he would work daily with Brown at the facility and away from it to make sure he was a solid teammate and complied with all team rules and Covid protocol.
Brown will be residing with Brady for at least a portion of the season, sources said, and Brady vowed that he would make sure Brown attends all meetings and testing and abides by all Covid regulations at work and away from the team.
“Brady told them he is going to make sure this is not a problem,” said one source who had talked to numerous members of the Bucs organization. “He guaranteed BA (coach Bruce Arians) that he would make sure this guy did everything he has to do, even if Brady has to drive him there himself. These two are going to be joined at the hip. And they made it clear to Brady that Brown is on a very short leash. If he (slips up), he’s gone.”
While Brown hasn’t been acting up lately on social media it’s only a matter of time until he throws a tantrum. We’ll have to wait and see if AB is worth the headache for Brady and the Bucs for the rest of the season.