It has been a whirlwind of a month for Antonio Brown.
When 2022 began, he was poised to step up and take on an even larger role with the Buccaneers after a late December injury to Chris Godwin. Days later, Brown was out of Tampa Bay, taking off his jersey, pads and shirt and leaving MetLife Stadium midway through a 28-24 win over the Jets on Jan. 2, leading to his release by the Buccaneers.
Another NFL team could have picked up Brown on waivers after he was cut, but he went unclaimed, and is now on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. Since the release, he's done a variety of interviews and has made many public appearances.
Antonio Brown timeline since Buccaneers release
Jan. 3: Rap song release
Hours after he walked off the field against the Jets, Brown released a song on his Instagram story called "Pit Not the Palace." It has since been released to all streaming platforms.
This is not the first rap song released by Brown. He has made other music under the stage name AB, including a song called "Whole Lotta Money" that features Rick Ross. Brown had previously appeared in a Drake music video as well.
Jan. 6: Lawyers release statement
Brown spoke out for the first time since his release in a form that wasn't a cryptic response when his lawyer, Sean Burstyn, sent out a statement from Brown claiming that he had an ankle injury that was known to the coaching staff and that it inhibited his play. He said the team injected him with a painkiller to help him play through the pain, but he said he got to a point where he could no longer play. Brown said he was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the ankle.
The Buccaneers refuted Brown's claim, saying that the medical staff looked at the ankle and deemed that he was fit to play.
Jan. 6: Social media outburst
It didn't take long before Brown himself started sounding off. He shared on his Instagram text messages allegedly between him and Bucs coach Bruce Arians where they discussed the ankle injury, and more between the wide receiver and Tom Brady's longtime trainer, Alex Guerrero. Brown clarified that his dispute with Tampa Bay was not directed at the players, but instead was entirely about management of the team.
Jan. 7: First interview
Brown first spoke into a microphone about the drama with the Buccaneers on Jan. 7, when he was interviewed on the "Full Send" podcast.
Brown reiterated that he had an ankle injury that kept him from wanting to play. He also went off on Brady, saying that he was on a "prove it" contract, while Rob Gronkowski, another of Brady's friends, was not. He also said that Brady is championed and his supporting cast often gets left out of the picture.
Brown also brushed off concerns of CTE, saying that he doesn't need anyone questioning his health status.
Jan. 13: Spotted with Kanye West, Madonna, Floyd Mayweather
Brown has spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, where he has been seen recently with Kanye West, Madonna and Floyd Mayweather. According to TMZ, Brown met up with Mayweather at the Tengoose boxing gym in LA and later met up with Madonna, West and Julia Fox at the restaurant Delilah.
TMZ reported that earlier in the week Brown had spent time with West at another Los Angeles restaurant, Craig's.
Jan. 21: Complex interview
Speaking with Complex, Brown explained that much of his recent time has been spent hanging out with West, The Game, Big Sean and others as he has begun to focus more on music as of late.
Brown said he has a new album coming out called "Himmothy 2," and hinted that he and West might have made music together. He also said he has worked on the Donda sports brand with West. He said he was thinking about putting together a documentary through Amazon and release more music through it.
Jan. 24: "I AM ATHLETE" interview
Though the full episode has yet to be released, reports have come out about Brown's appearance on the show, "I AM ATHLETE" hosted by Brandon Marshall.
During the interview, Brown reportedly said that there is nothing wrong with his mental health and questioned why, whenever something bad happens, people question his mental health. He also said during the interview that he wants to play again in the NFL.
Did Antonio Brown sign with an NFL team?
Brown was released on Jan. 6, officially putting an end to his time as a Buccaneer.
But before he became a free agent, Brown was placed on waivers, giving any team the chance to claim him before the start of the playoffs. However, no team claimed the wide receiver, and he has yet to sign elsewhere.
There are several reasons why this might have been the case. The first is the potential baggage that would come with signing Brown. He has faced multiple accusations of sexual assault, though he has denied them. He once threw furniture out of his 14th-floor apartment and nearly hit an infant below. He was cited for speeding more than 100 miles per hour. He was charged with burglary of a vehicle, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor assault. All of that happened before he signed with and won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers.
If that all wasn't enough, he also maintained after his release from Tampa Bay that he had a serious ankle injury that prevented him from playing against the Jets. He said Arians didn't believe in the severity of the injury and told him to play, prompting Brown to leave. Even if a team had signed him, there was a chance he might not even be able to play if the injury was deemed serious enough.