Bucs' Leonard Fournette hopes Antonio Brown returns: 'Guys like that, you need around'

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have brought back all 22 starters from their Super Bowl-winning team with last week’s signing of Leonard Fournette – and the star running back says he hopes the team is able to do the same with wide receiver Antonio Brown, who still remains a free agent.

“I hope he comes back,” Fournette told ProFootballTalk on Wednesday. “Guys like that, you need around.”

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He continued: “He’s just I think misunderstood, a lot. I didn’t know too much aout AB before we played with each other, but he’s a great guy to be around and I hope he comes back.”

The Bucs have expressed interest in Brown returning but, according to the NFL Network, Brown is asking for more money. He earned $2 million last season and the Bucs are looking for a similar offer while Brown wants something closer to market value, the report says. 

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Fournette told the NFL Network that he knew the money this season wasn’t going to be where he wanted it to be but he came back regardless. 

“It was a difficult process. I knew what I deserved,” he said Wednesday. “I believed in myself, and I just wanted to come back and enjoy myself. Instead of me coming and being the new face on the block, I came back to the team that I enjoyed my process with.”

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“I think me coming to this team kind of humbled me a lot, being around so much talent, and you’re so used to being that guy on the team,”  he added. “I think it just helped develop me as a better man, too. I could’ve went somewhere and got more money, but I think this is just the place right now.”

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