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Bucs’ Antonio Brown passes physical, signs contract

The wide receiver underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this month.
Bucs receiver Antonio Brown (81) scores a touchdown on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Tom Brady during a victory over the Atlanta Falcons in January.
Bucs receiver Antonio Brown (81) scores a touchdown on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Tom Brady during a victory over the Atlanta Falcons in January. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published May 25
Updated May 25

Wide receiver Antonio Brown finally passed his physical Tuesday and signed his contract with the Bucs.

Brown agreed to a one-year deal to return to Tampa Bay on April 28 that could be worth up to $6.25 million. He is guaranteed $3.1 million, including a $2 million signing bonus.

The agreement came one week after Brown reached a settlement on a civil suit with his former trainer, who had accused him of sexually assaulting her on three separate occasions.

Brown initially was unable to pass his physical due to a minor knee injury sustained in the division playoff win at New Orleans. He did not play in the NFC Championship Game at Green Bay but was able to return for the Super Bowl.

“Yeah, it’s great,” coach Bruce Arians said of Brown’s signing. “He had his procedure done, and he looks good. I saw him in the training room this morning. All of that is done and he’s ready to roll.”

Brown signed with the Bucs last season after being suspended for the first eight games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after assaulting a moving van driver.

In eight regular-season games with Tampa Bay, Brown had 45 receptions for 483 yards and four touchdowns. In three playoff games, he recorded eight catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns, including one in Super Bowl 55.

When will Brown be back on the field?

“That’s strictly up to the doctors and when they give him the green light,” Arians said. “The one thing you never have to worry about is Antonio being in shape. If anything, he will be out there too soon. I’ll have to watch him.”

The Bucs also signed defensive back Dee Delaney, who entered the league as a college free agent with the Jaguars in 2018. He has played in three career games, appearing in two games with the Jaguars in 2018 and one with Washington in 2019. Delaney also spent time on the practice squads of both the Jaguars and the Dolphins.

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