Antonio Brown still wants to play with 'close' friend Tom Brady

Ryan Hannable
March 21, 2020 - 10:58 am

Antonio Brown is a free agent, but still has some things to get cleared up before he can return to the NFL.

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The troubled wide receiver still has the fallout from attacking a moving truck driver in South Florida earlier this year, as well as the NFL investigating him after being accused of sexual assault and sexual misconduct by two different woman last year.

But, appearing on 102.5 The Bone in Tampa Bay on Friday, Brown said he is looking forward to getting back on the field.

“Yeah, man, I’m ready to get out there and show people what I can do,” he said. “I’ve been missing for a couple months, so I’m excited, man, to get back, to get back to what I love and get back to doing what I like to do.”

Brown has been mentioned quite a bit this week when it comes to Tom Brady, as the quarterback reportedly wants to play with him again. But, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Tampa Bay is unlikely to be interested in the wide receiver.

“I’d be really grateful if I had the opportunity to play in Tampa Bay, to play anywhere,” Brown said. “Obviously to play with Tom Brady would be an extreme honor. You know his quality of leadership. You know the want to win. Anytime you can be around a guy like that, man, it’s an extreme honor. You know you’re going to have opportunity to do something exciting.”

The wide out was pressed on where he'd like to play and he responded, "preferably with Tom."

Brown, who on the field is one of the best wide receivers in the league, called Brady a "close" friend and said he has been in contact with him via text.

“It’s not about me. It’s about him,” Brown said. “I’m just excited for him and his new team, new opportunity, to just see how well he can do. I know his leadership, his on-the-field play is second to none. So it’s all about Tom, man. I’m grateful for him. We both have our own situations. I’m just trying to do everything I can do to get stuff out the way, so I can get back to the field.

"I’m just excited for TB. He’s got a great opportunity. He’s one of my close friends.”

Tampa Bay already has two very skilled wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. And based on what we know now, it seems very unlikely Brown will be reuniting with Brady.