Antonio Brown may have spoken his final goodbyes to the NFL, exiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 17 game in the third quarter with a double-digit deficit against the New York Jets.
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Brown chose not to leave quietly, removing his pads on the sideline and handing off part of his gear to spectators. The Buccaneers wide receiver then continued to wave his hands in the end zone while wearing no shirt and fled the stadium shortly thereafter.
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After the game, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians addressed Brown’s status, saying, “He is no longer a Buc.” After falling down the Jets by two touchdowns, Arians was asked to talk about the guys who came back to win the game, 28-24.
Brown was benched by head coach Bruce Arians before voluntarily exiting the game, according to Go Bucs radio.
After the game, Arians talked with Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, revealing that he attempted to persuade Brown to play, but Brown declined. Arians attempted to get Brown to enter again, but he refused, so Arians instructed him to go. When questioned if he witnessed Brown remove his jersey, Arians stated that he did and that he had “never seen anything like that in all my years.”
Brown caught three passes for 26 yards on five targets in the contest. There’s no obvious reason for him to leave the stadium so abruptly.
According to Jen Hale of Fox Sports, Mike Evans tried to persuade Brown to keep his pads on, but he was unsuccessful, and Brown opted to leave Tampa Bay.
This season, Brown has 42 receptions for 545 yards and four touchdowns. If he meets the following conditions in the final two games of the season, he may earn up to $1 million in contract incentives (per Spotrac).
There was still money on the table for Brown, but it doesn’t seem to bother the four-time All-Pro and 2010 All-Decade pick, especially after the benching. Brown’s final snap in the NFL looks to have been taken.