It's been just over four days since wide receiver Antonio Brown shed his shoulder pads and ran off the field into the locker room during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Week 17 game. New details continue to emerge almost every day as a backstory behind Brown's actions is beginning to be put together.
The latest report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport provides some insight as to why Brown entered Sunday on a bad note to begin with. The veteran pass-catcher visited the Buccaneers' front office last week insisting that they turn his $1 million in possible incentives into guaranteed money.
Brown was only a handful of receptions and yards away from unlocking that cash, but he was concerned that he wouldn't be able to do so because of his ankle injury. Obviously, he was denied that request and that looks to be a major reason why he frustrated with his targets at halftime.
A lot of fans were also perplexed when Brown wasn't immediately released following the game since head coach Bruce Arians was adamant that the 12th-year pro was no longer part of the team. Well, Rapoport explained that the team attempted to keep him around and get him some mental help.
It makes sense given the amount of talent Brown possesses in the game of football. However, the former Pro Bowler thought that seeking mental help was a ridiculous idea. He wanted to be released from the "cage" he felt he was trapped in by Tampa Bay.
Of course, more details are sure to come out about one of the wackiest NFL stories of the season. For now, the Buccaneers have their eyes set on winning back-to-back Super Bowls. Tampa Bay heads into Week 18 with the third-best odds to win it all at +750, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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