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Antonio Brown joining Buccaneers on a one-year deal and will likely make debut in Week 9, per report

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Brown is set to be reunited in Tampa Bay with Tom Brady and Bruce Arians

By Bryan DeArdo    CBS Sports

Antonio Brown and the Buccaneers have reached an agreement on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora had previously confirmed there was “extreme interest” on both sides to get a deal done, and that Tom Brady had been pushing for it. Brown, pending he passes COVID-19 protocol, will likely make his Buccaneers debut against the Saints in Week 9.

The Seahawks were considered to be in the mix to land Brown prior to Friday night’s development. Tampa Bay, perhaps in anticipation of signing Brown, recently freed up $4 million in cap space after restructuring guard Ali Marpet’s contract.

How significant is the addition of Brown to Tampa Bay? According to SportsLine data scientist, Stephen Oh, the Buccaneers’ simulated win total has increased from 10 to 10.4 wins. The Buccaneers’ odds at winning the NFC South rose from 43.5% to 52.5%, while their odds at making the playoffs increased from 76.9% to 84.9%. Tampa Bay’s odds at winning the NFC has gone from 13.1% to 18%, while its odds at winning this year’s Super Bowl — which will be held in Tampa — has increased from 5.4% to 8.2%.

The move reunites Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro receiver, with Brady, who was Brown’s teammate for a brief time during his final season with the Patriots, and coach Bruce Arians, who was Brown’s offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh during his first two seasons in the NFL.

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