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Antonio Brown leaves field in middle of Buccaneers’ game vs. Jets, strips down and gives peace sign to crowd

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Antonio Brown may have said goodbye to the NFL, leaving the Tampa bay Buccaneers‘ Week 17 game in the middle of the third quarter as they trailed the New York Jets by double digits.

Brown decided not to exit subtly, taking his pads off on the sideline and giving some of his equipment to fans. The Buccaneers wide receiver then proceeded to wave his hands up in the end zone — with his shirt off — and exited the stadium soon after. 

Brown had three catches for 26 yards in the game on five targets. There’s no clear reason why he left the stadium in such an unconditional way. Per Fox Sports’ Jen Hale, Mike Evans tried to convince Brown to keep on his pads but he was unable to as Brown decided to walk away from Tampa Bay. Brown was upset over something happening on the Buccaneers sidelines. Per Go Bucs radio, Brown was benched by head coach Bruce Arians prior to him voluntarily leaving the game. 

Brown has 42 catches for 545 yards and four touchdowns this season. He can earn up to $1 million in contract incentives over the final two games of the year if he reached the following criteria (per Spotrac). 

  • 8 receptions
  • 55 yards 
  • 1 TD 

There was still money on the line for Brown, but that apparently doesn’t matter to the four-time All-Pro and 2010s All-Decade selection –specially after the benching. It appears Brown may have played his final snap in the NFL

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