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Antonio Brown rumors: Tom Brady reunion could still happen as Buccaneers chip away at idea of signing former Patriots WR (report)

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 6/30/2020 By Chris Mason, masslive.com

An Antonio Brown and Tom Brady reunion might not be completely dead yet, according to former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi.

Though Bruce Arians was adamant Brown isn’t a good fit in March, Lombardi believes the Buccaneers aren’t done shopping for skill position players ahead of the 2020 season.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Tampa makes another move,” Lombardi said on the Pat McAfee Show. “I wouldn’t be surprised now that New England got Cam (Newton), I wouldn’t be surprised if Tampa made another move.”

A move like signing Brown?

“I am thinking they are chipping away,” he said. “You know how Andy (Dufresne) used to chip away at the wall at Shawshank? Chip, chip, chip. I think there’s some chipping going on down there. I am just saying keep your antennas up.”

On Tuesday, Lombardi was more concrete on Twitter.

Still, convincing Arians will be a difficult task.

Back in March, Arians threw a glacier of cold water on the idea that Brown could join the Buccaneers. Arians spent time with the troubled wide receiver in Pittsburgh, and appearing on the Tiki and Tierney Show, made it clear that he didn’t foresee a reunion.

“It’s not gonna happen,” Arians said. “There’s no room, and probably not enough money, but it’s just not gonna happen. It’s just not a fit here... I just know him and it’s not a fit in our locker room.”

Brown is also facing an almost certain suspension whenever Roger Goodell takes him off the commissioner’s exempt list.

A 12-month period saw the troubled wide receiver sued for rape and sexual assault by his former trainer, released by the Patriots for sending threatening messages to his accuser, and arrested and charged with felony burglary with battery for an incident involving a moving truck driver.

Brown recently pled no contest to the felony charge and was sentenced to two years probation, 100 hours of community service and a 13-week anger management course, in addition to a psychiatric evaluation.

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