Tom Brady is ready to welcome one of the most controversial figures in NFL history onto his Tampa Bay Buccaneers – even though Antonio Brown is suspended even before his new career starts.
Brown, 32, is banned for another week under the NFL’s “personal conduct policy” after he pleaded no contest to burglary and battery charges, landing two years of probation, this summer.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers superstar also faces a civil suit by a former personal trainer who claims he assaulted her.
But quarterback Brady, who takes Tampa to the New York Giants on Monday looking to improve on a 6-2 record, believes the signing is worth the risk, even though Brown has not played in over a year since an ill-fated one-match stint with Brady at the New England Patriots.
Brady said: “Certainly I'm happy for Antonio to get an opportunity to resume his career.
“He's put a lot of time and energy into working on a lot of things in his life, and I know he's excited to play football.
“So everyone's gonna earn a role on our team, and I know that's his mindset too. We'll see how things come together as we get into our game-planning and we get into the second half of our season and he's available."
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Brown’s signing has the team’s owners, the Glazer family, dreaming of a Super Bowl trip.
But the team of the moment is undoubtedly the Pittsburgh Steelers who beat the previously unbeaten Tennessee Titans last week.
The Steelers are the only perfect 6-0 team left but face a tough visit to division rivals the Baltimore Ravens, who are 5-1, this weekend.
Star defender T.J. Watt said: “We have goals so high for ourselves because we know what we can do when we feel like we can be a truly special defence.”
Problems continue for teams in the terrible NFC East, where the Philadelphia Eagles are top of the division, despite winning just two of seven games!
They host the equally terrible Dallas Cowboys on Sunday with Dallas coach Mike McCarthy under increasing pressure.
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