Antonio Brown agrees to one-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per report

Antonio Brown apparently will reunite with Tom Brady after all.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to a one-year deal Friday with the four-time All-Pro wide receiver, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. The team was set to host Brown on a visit Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Brown, 32, has not played in the NFL since Week 2 of last season. He was released by the New England Patriots last September, one day after Sports Illustrated reported he sent threatening text messages to a former trainer who alleged Brown had assaulted her on three separate occasions.

Brown is serving an eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy. He could still face further punishment from the league as it continues to look into the allegations made in a lawsuit by his former trainer.

So long as he undergoes COVID-19 testing without any issues and completes his suspension without further punishment, Brown would first be available to the Buccaneers for a Nov. 9 contest against the New Orleans Saints.

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Antonio Brown hasn't played since Week 2 of last season. (Photo: Lynne Sladky, AP)

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians, who worked with Brown from 2010-11 when he was offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, previously dismissed the idea of signing the wide receiver, saying in March he was "not a fit in our locker room."

"Yeah, it's not gonna happen," Arians said on CBS Sports Network. "There's no room. And probably not enough money. But it's not gonna happen — it's not a fit here."

In Tampa Bay, Brown will be reunited with Brady, who was an outspoken advocate of the pass catcher during their brief time together on the Patriots. Brown joins a star-studded receiving corps that includes Pro Bowl selections Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Injuries, however, have taken a toll on the group, as Evans has played through an ankle injury while Godwin missed time with a hamstring injury.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Brown is one of the most accomplished players of his generation. He was named to the NFL's 2010s All-Decade team and ranks fourth among all active players in career receiving yards (11,263) and touchdowns (75).

Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.

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