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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: Antonio Brown of the New England Patriots celebrates with Tom Brady after catching a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

Even with ex-Patriots superstar Tom Brady as his quarterback, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians made it abundantly clear that he has absolutely zero interest in bringing troubled wideout Antonio Brown to Tampa Bay.

Speaking with CBS Sports Radio’s “Tiki & Tierney” show on Thursday, Arians shot the possibility down without even thinking twice, really. No, like he seriously wouldn’t even entertain it. At all.

“It’s not going to happen,” Arians said of a Brady-Brown reunion for the Bucs. “It’s just not going to happen. There’s no room and probably not enough money. But it’s just not going to happen. It’s not a fit here.”

The official shutdown from Tampa Bay’s coach comes after a post-Patriots breakup that’s featured Brown telling countless outlets that there was mutual interest in reuniting with Brady at his 2020 destination. Those reports were hinted at by our own Scott Zolak, and seemingly backed up by Ian Rapoport, who noted that Brady remained ‘close’ with Brown.

It seems like an odd must-have one-two relationship considering that Brady and Brown were together for just one game over an 11-day period (Brown caught four balls for 56 yards and a touchdown in a Week 2 win over Miami), and considering that Brown is likely going right to the commissioner’s exempt list as soon as he’s signed by any team.

But throwing that all out the window, it’s worth mentioning that Arians does have some familiarity with Brown dating back to their time together in Pittsburgh, as Arians was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator during Brown’s first two years in the NFL. That experience didn’t seem to be the best based on what Arians had to say about adding Brown to his locker room even if it came with Brown (who fancies a whole lotta money) taking the bare minimum for a shot with Tampa.

“I just know him,” Arians said, “it’s not a fit in our locker room.”

Well, that settles that.

(Until Brown tells someone else that he’s still planning to reunite with Brady.)

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.