2:29 PM PT— Brown just posted a video showing the moment he found out the Raiders released him — and the guy IS ECSTATIC!!!! He runs around his house with a huge smile and even called his grandmother to tell her, “They freed me!!!!!”
2:06 PM PT— Antonio Brown just signed a new 1-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to multiple reports.
The deal is worth up to $15 mil, with a $9 million signing bonus.
Bill Belichickhas a history of signing players with baggage — fromChad JohnsontoRandy MossandJosh Gordon. There was a buzz Belichick had interest in AB. Clearly the rumors were on point. Brown is eligible to play with the Pats as early as Week 2.
Brown joins an amazing receiving corps that already includes Josh Gordon andJulian Edelman… making the Patriots one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL.
Brown has already posted a pic of himself in a Pats jersey with the caption, “LFG #GodsPlan.
There is one potential issue for Brown — his famous jersey number, #84, is already taken on the Patriots by tight endBen Watson. Could they make a deal to switch? Stay tuned …
12:27 PM PT— Antonio Brown just tweeted a seemingly ominous message about his situation with the Raiders, writing … “The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.” It’s an African proverb, and can be interpreted in a couple different ways — most notably, pretty much the opposite of the “it takes a village” saying.
Right before this, AB tweeted, “Bumper Carrs.” Could be a reference to QB Derek Carr … or gibberish. Who the hell knows anymore?
12:10 PM PT— Jon Gruden just spoke about the AB situation and took the high road.
There was no trash talk. No subtle digs. He even wished Brown well in the future.
8:59 AM PT— AB … C ya later!!!
The Oakland Raiders have just RELEASED the star WR — after a nightmare offseason that culminated in Brown allegedly threatening to attack general manager Mike Mayock.
The Raiders just announced the move moments ago … so far, no comment from Antonio Brown but ya gotta think he’s gonna say something soon. Brown is now technically a free agent and can sign with any team. He would be eligible to play as early as Week 2. Adjust your fantasy lineups accordingly.
Brown’s agentDrew Rosenhausjust issued a statement saying he’s sticking with the WR and will help him find another team
“Now that Antonio is a free agent, we are focused on the future and I will immediately work on signing him to a new team,” Drew said … “Antonio is looking forward to a new beginning.”
Brown commented on the situation to NFL Network’sIan Rapoport— saying, “Told me do not come in Thursday. Bad my name. Then come work, give two papers after the press conference. No guaranteed no way.”
It seems releasing Brown will save the Raiders from having to pay a penny from the 3 year, $50 MILLION contract they inked with AB this offseason.
10:02 AM PT— WAIT, UPDATE — Dame said he was “just talking s**t” and will NOT remove the ink!
Antonio Brownhas gone ballistic again … this time demanding to be released from his $50 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.
Antonio spelled it out in an Instagram post on Saturday morning, saying “Release me @Raiders #NOMore.”
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He also posted a pic of a quote … “You are gonna piss a lot of people off when you start doing what’s best for you.”
Here’s what triggered the craziness. Late Friday night, the Raiders decided to fine Brown $215k for conduct detrimental to the team overan altercationwith GMMike Mayockon Sept. 4. The way the story goes … Brown exploded on Mayock, allegedly threatening to sock him in the face while calling him a “cracker.” Brown’s outrage stemmed from a previous $15k fine for missing team workouts.
Brown reached out to reporterJeff Darlingtonand complained the $215k fine voids nearly $30 million in guaranteed money from his Raiders’ contract. This pissed him off enough to go on social media and ask to be released.
He’s certainly drawing a line in the sand, telling Darlington, “No way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week.”
The last 24 hours have been wild to say the least — Brown posted a video Friday night containing pieces of aphone conversationwith head coachJon Gruden. In the video, Gruden essentially tells Brown to cut the crap and get back on the field. Unclear if Gruden knew he was being recorded during the call. Now it seems Brown’s career in Oakland is hangin’ by a thread — and the Raiders will likely make a decision in the next few hours.
Stay tuned …
Originally published — 7:02 AM PT