“Me and Playoff Lenny gonna work this out.” That’s what WR Antonio Brown had to say when a fan asked him if he will be returning to the Bucs in 2021. Could Brown and Fournette re-sign and help the Bucs defend their Super Bowl title?
After winning Super Bowl 55, the Bucs succeeded in their mission to “run it back”, at least a majority of it. After resigning tight end Rob Gronkowski, linebackers Shaquil Barret and Lavonte David, and placing the franchise tag on WR Chris Godwin, the defending Super Bowl champs managed to keep a lot of their band together.
However, some of the members of the 2020 squad are still on the free agency market, including WR Antonio Brown and RB Leonard “Playoff Lenny” Fournette.
Shaquil Barrett, Lavonte David, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski are all staying with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who already feel like big winners in free agency. https://t.co/ojrFu02kZZ
— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) March 18, 2021
Tampa Bay #Buccaneers won free agency before it even started.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 15, 2021
Antonio Brown hinted at a return on social media
In a recent Instagram Live, Brown indicated that he believes he can work something out with the Bucs. He also said that goes for fellow ex-Bucs player Leonard Fournette, who is also out of contract with the team.
“Me and playoff Lenny gonna work this out,” Brown said. He didn’t give a timetable on “when” that might happen though.
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— Overtime (@overtime) March 21, 2021
Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht proved he’s one of the best in the league. Several analysts were skeptical of the Bucs Super bowl Hopes in 2021 because they didn’t believe the Bucs could bring the defense back. But in a shock to everyone, Licht managed to sign both Lavonte David and Shaq Barrett while keeping Chris Godwin to the franchise tag
Both Antonio Brown and Leonard Fournette came alive in the playoffs to help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win their second ever Super Bowl. If GM Licht can work his magic and structure a deal to re-sign both Brown and Fournette while keeping the Bucs under the cap, Tampa Bay will have officially “run it back”.