LeSean McCoy, former Bucs RB, explains why Antonio Brown’s explosion with the Buccaneers was supported by the team’s approach to incentives

Antonio Brown claims that the Buccaneers “cut him” because he refused to play with an ankle injury, but one of Brown’s former teammates believes that money played a role in his decision to take down equipment and leave in the middle of the battle. Bucs’ week 17 match against the Jets.

During a performance on the “I Am Athlete” podcast, former Tampa Bay runner LeSean McCoy offered a look at Brown’s infamous departure and explained why the veteran wide receiver on the sideline was so upset. McCoy, who played for the Buccaneers in the 2020 season, could not confirm whether Brown was really too injured to continue playing, but told a podcast panel that Brown was “angry” because he was not targeted and had incentives on the line. .

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Brown was reportedly close to earning three bonuses (reception, yard reception and touchdown reception), each of which would pay $ 333,333. McCoy said Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich openly discussed player incentives in 2020, which led Brown to believe he would help him achieve his goals for the 2021 season. (Recent example: At week 18, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady made sure Rob Gronkowski achieved the required total admissions to receive the $ 500,000 incentive.)

McCoy’s full schedule from the “I Am Athlete Podcast”:

“[We’re in] as week 13 or 14, [Leftwich is] like, ‘Hey, does anyone have any incentives in your contract? If so, let me know. I’ll bring you your paper because that’s what I’m after. “… Mike Evans played one of the games. We played with Detroit. The year is really over. We’re good, progress to the playoffs and stuff. Mike’s trying to get 1000 yards out there. I say, “Yeah, I love this type of coach. I respect that.” [Arians is] cool with that.

“So let’s move forward. That’s last year. So this year, [Brown] is like, ‘Oh, I see it. Oh, is that what we do? So I’m awake. You know what I mean? Can’t I get my eight catches? Oh, you throw the ball to the other people? Do you know what I’m saying? ‘ I’m not going to go into all the details because they’re my boys. I will not give all their affairs there. But he said, ‘Yeah, you throw the ball to the other guys? Okay, I’m hot. Man, I’m hurt. I’m not going inside. “

In the end, McCoy disagreed with Brown’s handling of the situation, but understood what had led to his frustration.

“I do not respect how [Brown] “he reacted to it because it’s not the right way,” McCoy said. “You have to act like a professional. … [Brown] he wasn’t professional at it. But I was where the coach tried to play with you, and he still thinks she’s the superstar. And he’s still nice. He’s not the superstar he used to be because of his roles. “

In 15 games with the Buccaneers, Brown received a total of 87 admissions for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns. In a statement published through his legal representativeBrown said he plans to undergo ankle surgery and play again next season.

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