Antonio Brown Released From Raiders, Signs 1-Year Deal With Patriots

Following an Instagram post from AB requesting to be released.

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UPDATE: A few very short hours after his release from the Raiders, 31-year-old wide receiver Antonio Brown signed a one-year, $15 million USD deal with the New England Patriots, a contact that includes a $9 million USD signing bonus. Brown will not join the Pats for their Week 1 game against the Steelers (could you imagine?!) as he won’t be an official roster player by kickoff; he will however be available for Week 2 against the Dolphins.


ORIGINAL STORY: The Oakland Raiders have officially released Antonio Brown from their roster, making him an unrestricted free agent and eligible to sign with any team in the league as of today.

Earlier today, the wide receiver took to Instagram asking the team to release him. “I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines.Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years. “I’m not mad at anyone. I’m just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong.” Release me @raiders #NOMore #theyputblindersonahorseforareason #NoMoreFake” he captioned in the post.

The response comes after a series of incidents in the past month, one which included AB being fined for $215,073.53 USD for his conduct in relation to a confrontation with GM Mike Mayock.  The fine essentially voided his $29.125 million USD worth of guaranteed money in his deal, according to NFL Insider for ESPN Adam Schefter. The Raiders also sent a letter to Brown stating that he was ineligible for termination pay and reduced his contract to a week-to-week basis.

The Pro Bowler joined the team in March 2019, after being traded by the Steelers. Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus stated that they are focused on immediately signing him to a new team and that “Antonio is looking forward to a new beginning.”

Elsewhere in sports, LeBron James recently launched the Glass Helmet Project in order to encourage young football players to be seen and heard.

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