Why the Buccaneers didn’t release Antonio Brown on Monday despite Bruce Arians saying he is ‘no longer a Buc’

Bruce Arians announced Monday that Antonio Brown was “no longer a Buc” in the wake of his outburst on the wing during the team’s Week 17 game against the Jets. However, as of Tuesday morning, Brown was still technically on the team’s 53-man roster.

The process of removing Brown at this point is a formality. Arians will not give him another chance after his three-game suspension for misrepresenting his vaccination status along with his collapse on the field on Sunday. And Brown didn’t even travel home with the team. He never left New York and was seen at the Nets game Monday night.

That said, why are the Bucs hoping to part ways with Brown? Everything is procedural. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the team is discussing with the NFL the designation under which they should release Brown.

Discussions between the team and the league centered on what designation the Buccaneers could place in Brown for player personnel purposes, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.

The Buccaneers will almost certainly release Brown in the next few days, but they may have wanted to know his league status before doing so. The NFL is not planning any “league-imposed discipline against Brown,” such as Maske reportsSo we’ll see soon if that affects Tampa Bay’s plans with Brown.

Either way, it appears the Bucs are taking the time to make sure they handle Brown’s release in the way that best suits the franchise. And it appears his query is a group effort, as the NFL Players Association is also “involved in the deliberations on Brown’s status,” according to Maske.

So while Brown was still on the list Tuesday morning, that shouldn’t last long. He may stay on the roster for a day or two longer than expected, but he almost certainly won’t play another down for the Bucs, or any other NFL team.