File this under WOW! The Patriots have signed WR Antonio Brown, who was released earlier in the day by the Oakland Raiders. The news was first reported by Bleacher Report.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it is a one-year deal worth a max of $15 million, with a $9 million signing bonus.
Brown confirmed the signing, which includes a $ 9 million signing bonus, by sharing a Photoshop illustration of him in a Patriots jersey.
— AB (@AB84) September 7, 2019
Brown won’t be eligible to play in tomorrow night’s opener against Pittsburgh, but he can begin team activities starting on Monday.
The Patriots have yet to announce a corresponding move.
The Patriots WR group now contains…
N’Keal Harry (On IR)
and Antonio Brown.
The Brown saga with the Raiders has dragged on since the start of training camp when Brown disappeared from the team because he was upset he wouldn’t be allowed to wear his old helmet.
Brown reacted angrily to being fined for his absences and even confronted General Manager Mike Mayock in plain view of the rest of the team.
After apologizing to his teammates Brown was set to return to the Raiders until he discovered the team had fined him once again for conduct detrimental to the team. A move that voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in his deal. The Raiders also sent Brown a letter informing him that he no longer would be entitled to termination pay and would be playing week-to-week.
Oakland ended up releasing Brown later in the day. The now former Raiders receiver posted this video upon learning of his release.
.@AB84 was on cloud nine after the Raiders released him ?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 7, 2019