Bruce Arians on Antonio Brown to the Bucs: 'It's Not Gonna Happen'

Luke Easterling

As soon as Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rumors started to swirl that one of his former New England Patriots teammates might want a reunion.

Brady only played one game with Antonio Brown in New England, but the former Pittsburgh Steelers star did spend more time with Bucs head coach Bruce Arians when Arians was Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator for the first two years of Brown's career.

So, will AB and BA be getting together with a reunion for TB in TB?

Not a chance.

Speaking on CBS Sports Radio, Arians says Brown joining Brady in Tampa Bay simply isn't going to happen:

Pressed repeatedly on the subject, Arians adopted a terse tone and left no doubt about where he stood.

"I just know him, and it's not a fit in our locker room," Arians said. 

Brown was one of the NFL's best wide receivers for a long stretch, but last season saw his career implode after a series of bizarre off-field incidents.

The Bucs are indeed looking for a third wide receiver to pair with Pro Bowlers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but they're likely to look to this year's deep draft class to fill that role. A cheaper, younger option makes far more sense for Tampa Bay than Brown.

The rumor mill had fun with this one for a while, but Arians effectively put that one to bed.