The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without one of their top wideouts in Chris Godwin (fractured index finger) for this Monday’s game against the New York Giants. But like any team in “win now” mode, the Bucs added a viable replacement in seven-time Pro Bowler Antonio Brown.
The Giants will get a break, however. Brown, 32, was officially inked by Tampa on Tuesday but will not be eligible to spell Godwin — or any of the other injury-prone Bucs receivers — until next week’s game against New Orleans.
“It’s an insurance policy,” said Bucs head coach Bruce Arians. “When we don’t have Mike and we don’t have Chris, why not have another Pro Bowl caliber player that’s available and fits everything we need? So why not? We have good players, and you can’t have enough of them. In Chicago, we had one of our top guys out there on one leg. Why not have another one?”
Brown is familiar with quarterback Tom Brady, having worked with him (albeit briefly) in New England last season. The controversial Brown was signed with the understanding that he will be gone should he violate any team rules and has been very quiet on social media.
If he can sustain his silence and get down to business, he will be a valuable piece for the Bus this season in and offense that has many weapons already: Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, running backs Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette and wideouts Godwin, Mike Evans and Scotty Miller.
But at least in New York’s case, it’s not something they have to worry about.