LeSean McCoy defends Antonio Brown’s Buccaneers exit

Former Buccaneers operating again 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 teaching workers for being supportive of gamers reaching contract incentives in an look on the “I Am Athlete” podcast, saying head coach Bruce Arians was “cool” in that regard. The two-time Super Bowl champion pointed to offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich asking gamers about their incentives as a result of he was “all about” serving to gamers get their “paper.”

McCoy additionally famous star receiver Mike Evans’ payout for reaching 1,000 yards in 2020 — he wanted 40 yards within the remaining common season recreation with the crew already having clinched a playoff berth. Evans completed the day with 46 receiving yards — and Brown seemingly took discover.

“That was last year, so this year, AB’s like, ‘Oh I see that, so that’s what we’re doing? Now I’m up. I can’t get my eight catches and you’re throwing the ball to all these other people?… I’m hot. I’m hurt. I’m not going in… y’all ain’t getting me the ball. I ain’t hitting my targets. I’m hurt,’” McCoy stated.

Brown, who had been coping with an ankle damage, was closing in on 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 understand where AB was coming from because ‘y’all playing with me. I just gave you 10 catches for 101 yards last week, these dudes is hurt, now you need me… and I’m not getting the rock,’” McCoy stated. “Those other dudes, I played with them, I respect all those dudes playing. Mike Evans is a dog, Chris Godwin — they’re dogs. The other backups, they’re good backups, but they ain’t Antonio Brown.”

McCoy stated that the Buccaneers had been planning on reducing Brown as a substitute of letting him return from a suspension, the results of him submitting a pretend COVID-19 vaccination card to the league. However, after fellow receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin each suffered accidents, they stored him round.

LeSean McCoy understands Antonio Brown’s frustrations with the Buccaneers.

It culminated in a dramatic scene at MetLife stadium. Brown took off his gloves and shirt and threw them within the crowd as he ran shirtless to locker room and didn’t return. He was formally launched on Jan. 6.

Brown later claimed he was “cut” as a result of he refused to play by way of an damage he stated requires surgical procedure. Arians stated Brown was “upset about who was getting targeted.” Bucs GM Lason Licht advised reporters final Thursday that Brown’s camp requested the remaining $2 million in incentives in his contract be became assured money.

Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after a play
Antonio Brown’s recreation in opposition to the Jets would show to be his final with Tampa Bay.
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“AB, people think he’s crazy, he’s not crazy,” McCoy stated. “AB’s smart. He may do some wild stuff, but he knows what’s going on.”

“I don’t respect how AB reacted to it because that’s not the right way… AB wasn’t professional about it. But I’ve been there where coach is trying to play with you and he still thinks he’s that superstar and he’s still nice, but not the superstar he used to be.”

McCoy’s feedback got here days after Bucs tight finish Rob Gronkowski earned $1 million in bonuses throughout Sunday’s 24-6 win in opposition to the Panthers getting some assist from Tom Brady.

Brown, in the meantime, has been spending time in spotlight since his launch, hanging with rappers Kanye West, Fabolous and Meek Mill.

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