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Bucs’ Antonio Brown is feeling right at home, er, Tom Brady’s home

Tampa Bay’s new wide receiver is getting help with living arrangements from his new quarterback until he finds his own place.
In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown walks off the field after practice in Alameda, Calif.
In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown walks off the field after practice in Alameda, Calif. [ JEFF CHIU | Associated Press (2019) ]
Published Nov. 1, 2020

TAMPA ― When Antonio Brown takes it to the house this season, it might be taking it to Tom Brady’s house.

The Bucs quarterback is probably the biggest reason why Brown was signed this past week by the Bucs. To make sure the troubled wide receiver abides by all the rules, including the restrictive COVID-19 protocols, Brown is residing with Brady for a few days until he can find a place of his own.

Brown is serving an eight-game suspension by the league stemming from his arrest in January, accused of attacking the driver of a moving van. He pleaded no contest in June to a felony burglary with battery charge and two lesser misdemeanor charges.

Brown is eligible to practice Tuesday with the Bucs. He has been attending meetings and working with the strength and conditioning staff.

At least he doesn’t have to worry about a ride to work. Brady also has plenty of room. He’s renting the 21,796 square-foot Davis Islands home currently owned by former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. It has eight bedrooms and 16-bathrooms.

Coach Bruce Arians has called Brown "an insurance policy,’' and he might have to cash in on it next Sunday against the Saints. Receiver Chris Godwin broke his index finger and might not be back for that game.

From the beginning, Brady has personally vouched for Brown. They played one game together with the Patriots last season, with Brown catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in a win over Miami in Week 2.

But Brown, 32, was released days after that game following a report that he sent threatening text messages to a woman who had accused him of sexual misconduct. Brown still could face further punishment from the league as it continues to look into the claim made in a lawsuit by his former trainer, who alleged he sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions.

Brady has said he wants to be a good influence for Brown on and off the field.

"I had a lot of people support me over the years, realizing that I was far from where I needed to be, and they would guide me and provide me with the help that I needed as a player to reach my potential,” Brady said. "How you impact people on the field’s one thing, how you impact people off the field’s another. So, whether that’s teammates that you can impact or people in the community that you can impact, all those things are important.

“You just try your best every day realizing that a lot of people weren’t born with the same advantages that I’ve had growing up, they weren’t born with the same background or support systems that I had. ... I want to see other guys succeed, and I think that a lot of joy, in my experience, comes from seeing other people be their best and seeing people succeed in ways that can set their family up.”