Antonio Brown has garnered his chance to make an NFL comeback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The move has come with some lingering question marks, including the legal situation that remains around the star wide receiver. Brown has made a swift move to handle a particular aspect of the upcoming civil case against him.
Antonio Brown returns to the NFL with Tampa Bay
Following spending more than a year away from the NFL due to his questionable off-the-field actions, Antonio Brown is back in the league.
With his eight-game suspension to begin the 2020 season nearing a close, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers swooped in to sign Brown. Star quarterback Tom Brady played a significant part in the concerted effort to secure the All-Pro wide receiver’s services.
The Seattle Seahawks were long considered the frontrunners to land Brown, but the Buccaneers moved swiftly to add him to the mix. The 31-year-old signed a one-year deal that can reach up to $2.5 million if he fulfills his incentives.
Brown has an opportunity to reignite his NFL career in Tampa Bay, but there remains a lingering civil case hovering around him. The Pro Bowler has now moved quickly to handle a particular aspect of the upcoming trial.
Antonio Brown hoping to push back civil case
Antonio Brown is on the path toward his official return to the NFL with the Buccaneers, but a legal case still lingers around him.
Brown served his eight-game suspension to begin the 2020 season for his actions regarding battery charges involving a moving truck driver at his Florida home earlier this year. However, there remains a civil case involving sexual assault that has yet to go to trial.
According to attorney Daniel Wallach, the star wide receiver’s attorneys seek to push back the scheduled Dec. 7 trial date to a later time frame.
The move shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given that it will prevent the case from interrupting the rest of the 2020 season. Brown is hoping to have a conference to discuss whether an in-person jury trial can occur during the scheduled date with a two-week trial docket.
Given the current state with the concern over COVID-19, it has limited ability to conduct things normally. There is much more to unfold on this front, but it’s clear that Brown wants to push it back beyond this season.
Promising future ahead in Tampa Bay?
Antonio Brown has taken a long and winding path toward getting another chance for an NFL comeback.
Brown may have landed in the ideal situation where he can prove that he’s not only still an elite talent but that he’s worth trusting with a lucrative long-term deal from the Buccaneers or another team.
The star wideout will catch passes from a quarterback that he already has some familiarity with dating back to their brief tenure together with the New England Patriots. Tampa Bay is essentially playing with house money with Brown, making any of his production the cherry on the top.
The Buccaneers have the appearance of a Super Bowl contender after guiding their way to a 6-2 record through the first half of the season. Brady continues to progressively gain more comfort in running Tampa Bay’s offense, while key passing game contributors such as Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans have excelled.
Brown has a prime opportunity to not only compete for his first Super Bowl but also extend his NFL career will beyond the 2020 season. His future is in his hands, and it’s up to him to make the most of the situation.