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Despite free agent WR Antonio Bown telling Dallas Cowboys general manager Jerry Jones to call him, Jones responded with disinterest, saying he wants to give the young guys a chance to play.
The Cowboys certainly have a lot of young WRs at their disposal after trading WR Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns. WR CeeDee Lamb is expected to be a WR1 this season in Dallas, with an average PPR draft position of WR7. Rookie Jalen Tolbert and Michael Gallup are also expected to have major roles, WRs 69 and 55, respectively, while some combination of Noah Brown, Simi Fehoko and James Washington will likely get used throughout the season. A youth movement at pass-catcher seems like the most likely outcome in Dallas.
While being interviewed during a Fan Controlled Football game, Antonio Brown indicated that he is done playing in the NFL. When asked if he would play next season, Brown said “Nah, don’t play yourself looking at me to play.”
Brown’s career has been an absolute roller coaster ride filled with brilliant on-the-field performances and bizarre on and off-the-field antics. Brown has been a technician as a route-runner and has consistently demonstrated the ability to separate from defenders even while playing into his 30s. Fantasy football can be a “what have you done for me lately?” game for many players, so it can be easy to forget how truly special of a player Brown has been during his career, but Brown had a five-year stretch between 2013 through 2017 where he finished no worse than the WR2 in PPR formats. Brown finished as the WR1 in three consecutive years between 2014-2016. If that seems impressive it’s because it is unbelievably impressive. Brown’s off-the-field drama tends to garner more headlines than his on-the-field play as of late, but you will be hard pressed to find a fantasy WR who has even been as dominant throughout his career as Brown has been.
Tom Pelissero retweeted a video of Antonio Brown telling TMZ Sports that he still has not undergone ankle surgery and will not do so unless a team commits to signing him.
The 33-year-old wide receiver dramatically ended last season, but he still tallied 545 receiving yards and four touchdowns in seven games. Teams' interest in Brown is unknown, and now, with this new surgery wrinkle added to the equation, it remains to be seen if this is the end of the road for him.
In a recent interview with HBO Sports, Antonio Brown said the Buccaneers offered him $200,000 in order to encourage him to seek mental health treatment.
During the interview, Brown insinuated that a defamation lawsuit could be coming against the Buccaneers. Brown was cut from the team after leaving the field during the regular season game against the Jets. Brown has remained in the news since, recently celebrating after the Buccaneers' defeat against the Rams this weekend. It's hard to imagine Brown returning to the field in the near future, but of course we've said that in the past.
Per the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team has terminated the contract of veteran WR Antonio Brown.
After a confusing exit in the middle of Week 17's game and several days of back and forth accusations by Brown and the Bucs, Tampa Bay has now officially terminated Brown's contract. The original incident stemmed from disagreement surrounding Brown's ankle injury which he believed was too serious to play on while the Bucs had it cleared by team doctors. This likely won't be the last time we hear about this issue as there could very well be legal action by Brown if he so chooses to pursue that option based on his comments earlier in the week.
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