Where do the Buccaneers turn to after losing Antonio Brown?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gone through a good amount of turnover on offense the last few weeks, from Leonard Fournette going on IR, to Chris Godwin tearing his ACL, and now the most recent, Antonio Brown walking out on the Bucs mid-game.

After starting the season with Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, and Antonio Brown as their top three receivers, the Buccaneers will now look to contend for the Super Bowl with Mike Evans, Tyler Johnson, and Breshad Perriman as Tom Brady’s starting receivers. It would seem as if the Buccaneers would look to FA to bring in some more competition there, but who should they sign?

  • Golden Tate. Tate, 33, who was just released from the Tennessee Titans hasn’t played in the NFL since 2020 with the NY Giants. He totaled 388 yards & two TDs in 12 games with the team. While Tate is getting up there in age, he can still be a reliable option for the Buccaneers and is one of the best available players this late in the season. 
  • John Brown. “Smokey” Brown has had a fairly successful NFL career since coming to the Buffalo Bills in 2017. In his career there he totaled 1,518 yards & 9 TDs in two seasons with Buffalo. Since then, he’s been on two teams, the Denver Broncos & the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brown appeared in a total of four games with those teams, being targeted three times with zero catches. Brown, who is 31, still has tread left on the tires & can still be a good WR2 for Tampa.
  • Devin Funchess. Funchess, who was drafted in the second round of the 2015 draft by the Carolina Panthers, last was on a team in November with the San Francisco 49ers earlier in the season. However, he never played in a game for the team, being released from their practice squad a couple of weeks later. However, he could be a good fit for the Buccaneers. Funchess, standing 6’4 225 lbs, can be the fast & physical receiver that the Bucs are currently missing.

The Buccaneers currently have eight receivers rostered:

Mike Evans, Scotty Miller, Jaelen Darden, Tyler Johnson, Breshad Perriman, Cyril Grayson (PS), and Codey McElroy (PS). 

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