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Antonio Brown officially hits free agency, his NFL future cloudy as ever

Antonio Brown officially hits free agency, his NFL future cloudy as ever
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Antonio Brown officially called off concessions and hit free agency on Friday night, paving the way for him to sign with any team after a blast on the field cost him his job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While Brown told the Full Send Podcast that he plans to play in the NFL again, ESPN reported Saturday that Poké’s previous career in the league may be in jeopardy.

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Antonio Brown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs a route against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on November 8, 2020, in Tampa, Florida.
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“You can believe his side. You can believe his side of the Buccaneers. The fact of the matter is that there is a lot of history built here,” NFL insider Adam Shifter said on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” “When you talk to people all over the league, they doubt he’ll get another chance in the league,” he said.

When Brown spoke to the “Full Send Podcast,” those were his first notes about his breakup from Tampa Bay.

He said, “Of course, man.” “It’s my passion. That’s what I do. Every year is a new beginning. I still love to get back in shape. I still love to compete. I just started. Obviously, we’ve got some things going on. It’s all about integrity and dealing with people the right way, I’m a football player first, that’s my job, that’s what I do, that’s not who I am.

Antonio Brown shares his side of BUCS, plans to play again

Antonio Brown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before a game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on November 8, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.

Antonio Brown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before a game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on November 8, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.
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“Sometimes people like to say I have a past… You know, I have never done anything to anyone. Let’s make this clear. All I did was play football. I acted irrationally and did some things that people might not understand. But this Part of life. For some reason, I get a bad mark and a bad name. I get treated the wrong way. We as human beings and we as people just want to be treated civilized.”

Brown also made it clear that his ankle isn’t at 100%, which has reduced his chances of signing with another team for the Super Bowl this season.

“Right now, I can’t run at full speed,” he said. “I can’t do what I’m doing and do it at a comfortable rate.”

Antonio Brown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on before a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium on November 23, 2020, in Tampa, Florida.

Antonio Brown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on before a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium on November 23, 2020, in Tampa, Florida.
(Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)

There is a contradiction in Brown’s story. Brown says he was concerned about injuring his ankle during the match as he walked out in a big way while stripping his uniform. Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said the wide receiver had never spoken to a coach or team doctor about his ankle. Instead, Arians pinned the problem to Brown, who is complaining about getting the ball.

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Brown released a lengthy statement Wednesday night through his attorney, explaining that he “didn’t give up. I’m cut off.” He said that the technical staff was aware of his injury and announced the exchange of text messages with Ariane who discussed the injury.

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