Former Buccaneers running back LeSean McCoy understands why his friend Antonio Brown beat the Jets in Week 17 at Tampa Bay.
Speaking on the “I’m an Athlete” podcast, McCoy praised the Bucs coaching staff for their support of encouraging players on a contract basis, and head coach Bruce Arians said he was “excellent” about it. The two-time Super Bowl champion pointed to attacking coordinator Byron Leftwich and asked him to encourage players because he was “all” to help players get their “papers”.
McCoy also noted the amount paid by star receiver Mike Evans for reaching 1,000 yards in 2020 – he needed 40 yards in his last regular season game against a team that won a playoff berth. Evans finished the day with 46 yards and Brown felt it.
“It was last year, so this year the AB said,‘ I see it, so what are we doing? I got up now. I can’t get my catch on eight and are you throwing the ball to other people?… I got hot. I was upset. I’m not going in … you can’t get the ball to me. I am not achieving my goals. I was upset, “McCoy said.
Brown, who is dealing with an ankle injury, has encouraged a number of contracts – about $ 333,333 for receptions, yards and touchdowns each. The Bucs, without the hobbled version of already star-studded Chris Godwin and Evans, were left to rely on Brown for the Jan. 2 game.
“I understand where the AB came from because you are playing with me. Last week I gave you 10 handles for 101 yards, these guys are in pain, now I don’t need you … and I can’t take the stone, ”McCoy said. “Other friends, I played with them, I respect all the friends who played. Mike Evans is a dog, Chris Godwin is a dog. Other reserves, they are good reserves, but they are not Antonio Brown.
McCoy said the bookmakers planned to cut Brown instead of allowing him to return from disqualification, as a result of which he presented the league with a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. However, after receiving receiver colleagues Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were both injured, they kept him by their side.
It ended with a dramatic scene at MetLife Stadium. Brown took off his gloves and shirt and threw himself into the crowd, he ran to the locker room without a shirt and did not return. He was officially released on January 6th.
Brown later claimed he was “cut” for refusing to play due to injury, which he said required surgery. Arians said Brown was “upset about who was being targeted.” Bucs GM Lason Licht told reporters last Thursday that Brown’s camp had asked him to turn the remaining $ 2 million in benefits under his contract into guaranteed money.
“AB, people think he’s crazy, he’s crazy,” McCoy said. “AB is smart. He can do wild things, but he knows what’s going on. ”
“I do not respect how the EU reacted to this, because it is not the right way … The EU was not professional in this regard. But I’ve been where the coach is trying to play with you and he still considers himself a superstar and he’s still good, but he’s not a previous superstar. “
McCoy’s comments came just days after the Bucs received a $ 1 million bonus with the help of Tom Brady in a hard-fought 24-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Brown, meanwhile, has been in the spotlight since his release, interacting with rappers like Kanye West, Fabolous and Meek Mill.