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Why Antonio Brown’s explosion with the Buccaneers was fueled by the team’s approach to incentives, says former Bucs RB LeSean McCoy

Why Antonio Brown's explosion with the Buccaneers was fueled by the team's approach to incentives, says former Bucs RB LeSean McCoy

Antonio Brown claims he was ‘cut off’ by Buccaneers because he refused to play with an ankle injury, but one of Brown’s former teammates believes money played a role in his decision snatch his gear and go in the middle of the Bucs’ Week 17 game against the Jets.

During an appearance on the Podcast “I am an athlete”Former Tampa Bay running back LeSean McCoy gave an overview of Brown’s informal exit and explained why the veteran wide receiver was so upset on the sidelines. McCoy, who played for the Buccaneers during the 2020 season, couldn’t confirm whether Brown was really too injured to continue playing, but he told the podcast panel that Brown was “angry” because he didn’t. was not targeted and had incentives in play.

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Brown would have been on the verge of earning three bonuses (receiving, receiving, and receiving touchdowns) that would have paid out $ 333,333 each. McCoy said Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich openly discussed player incentives in 2020, leading Brown to believe they would help him achieve his goals for the 2021 season. (A recent example: In Week 18, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady made sure tight end Rob Gronkowski hit the required receiving total to earn a $ 500,000 incentive. .)

Full breakdown of McCoy from the “I Am Athlete Podcast”:

“[We’re in] like, week 13 or 14, [Leftwich is] like, “Hey, does anyone have any incentives in your contract? If so, let me know. I’ll get you your paper because I’m all about it. … one of the games Mike Evans was playing. We played in Detroit. The year is over for real. We’re good, a playoff spot and all that. Mike’s over there trying to get 1000 yards. I say, ‘Yo, I love this type of trainer. I respect him. [Arians is] cool with that.

“So let’s move quickly. That was last year. So this year, [Brown] is like, ‘Oh, I see that. Oh, is that what we do? So now I’m on my feet. You know what I mean? Can’t I do my eight takes? Oh, are you throwing the ball at these other people? Do you know what I’m saying? ‘ I won’t go into all the details because they are my boys. I’m not going to put all their stuff there. But he said to me, ‘Yo, are you throwing the ball at these other guys? OK, I’m hot. Dude, I’m hurt. I’m not going in. ‘”

McCoy ultimately disagreed with the way Brown handled the situation, but he understood what led to his frustration.

“I don’t respect how [Brown] reacted because it’s not the right way, “McCoy said.” You have to behave like a professional. … [Brown] was unprofessional about it. But I’ve been where the coach tries to play with you, and he still thinks he’s that superstar. And he’s still so cool. He’s not the superstar he was anymore because of the roles. “

In 15 games with the Buccaneers, Brown totaled 87 receptions for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns. In a statement released by his lawyer, Brown said he plans to have ankle surgery and replay next season.

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