LeSean McCoy defends Antonio Brown’s Buccaneers exit
Former Buccaneers working as soon as extra LeSean McCoy understands why his pal Antonio Brown had an on-field outburst in Tampa Bay’s Week 17 win over the Jets.
McCoy praised the Bucs educating workers for being supportive of avid avid gamers reaching contract incentives in an look on the “I Am Athlete” podcast, saying head coach Bruce Arians was “cool” in that regard. The 2-time Tremendous Bowl champion pointed to offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich asking avid avid gamers about their incentives on account of he was “all about” serving to avid avid gamers get their “paper.”
McCoy furthermore well-known star receiver Mike Evans’ payout for reaching 1,000 yards in 2020 — he wished 40 yards contained in the remaining widespread season recreation with the crew already having clinched a playoff berth. Evans completed the day with 46 receiving yards — and Brown seemingly took uncover.
“That was final yr, so this yr, AB’s like, ‘Oh I see that, in order that’s what we’re doing? Now I’m up. I can’t get my eight catches and also you’re throwing the ball to all these different individuals?… I’m sizzling. I’m damage. I’m not getting into… y’all ain’t getting me the ball. I ain’t hitting my targets. I’m damage,’” McCoy stated.
Brown, who had been coping with an ankle hurt, was closing in on quite a lot of contract incentives — an estimated $333,333 every for receptions, yards and touchdowns. The Bucs, already with out star wideout Chris Godwin and a hobbled model of Evans, had been left to lean on Brown for the Jan. 2 recreation.
“I do perceive the place AB was coming from as a result of ‘y’all enjoying with me. I simply gave you 10 catches for 101 yards final week, these dudes is damage, now you want me… and I’m not getting the rock,’” McCoy stated. “These different dudes, I performed with them, I respect all these dudes enjoying. Mike Evans is a canine, Chris Godwin — they’re canine. The opposite backups, they’re good backups, however they ain’t Antonio Brown.”
McCoy stated that the Buccaneers had been planning on decreasing Brown as an alternative of letting him return from a suspension, the outcomes of him submitting a pretend COVID-19 vaccination card to the league. Nevertheless, after fellow receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin each suffered accidents, they saved him spherical.
It culminated in a dramatic scene at MetLife stadium. Brown took off his gloves and shirt and threw them inside the group as he ran shirtless to locker room and didn’t return. He was formally launched on Jan. 6.
Brown later claimed he was “reduce” on account of he refused to play by the use of an hurt he stated requires surgical course of. Arians stated Brown was “upset about who was getting focused.” Bucs GM Lason Licht urged reporters final Thursday that Brown’s camp requested the remaining $2 million in incentives in his contract be grew to change into assured money.
“AB, individuals assume he’s loopy, he’s not loopy,” McCoy stated. “AB’s sensible. He might do some wild stuff, however he is aware of what’s occurring.”
“I don’t respect how AB reacted to it as a result of that’s not the correct method… AB wasn’t skilled about it. However I’ve been there the place coach is attempting to play with you and he nonetheless thinks he’s that famous person and he’s nonetheless good, however not the famous person he was.”
McCoy’s strategies purchased proper right here days after Bucs tight finish Rob Gronkowski earned $1 million in bonuses all by way of Sunday’s 24-6 win in opposition to the Panthers getting some assist from Tom Brady.
Brown, inside the meantime, has been spending time in spotlight since his launch, hanging with rappers Kanye West, Fabolous and Meek Mill.