After a week of up-and-down speculation and controversy, the Oakland Raiders announced Saturday morning that they are releasing superstar receiver Antonio Brown.
The Raiders acquired Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers this summer for the price of a third and fifth round picks. First-year GM Mike Mayock then signed Brown to a 3-year/$50 million extension.
That however, is where the good times ended. Brown’s “tenure” in Oakland was ripe with off the field issues including holdouts over an NFL-mandated helmet rule, getting frostbite on his feet during a cryotherapy session, a getting in vulgar shouting matches with team personnel.
Upon his release, the Raiders were able to void Brown’s contract, leaving them with no dead cap money. Brown is expected to appeal.
Brown is now able to sign with any NFL team, and would be eligible to play as early as Week 2. Rumored landing spots have included the Chiefs, Eagles, Texans, and yes…even the Patriots. A serious of sources ranged from hints to full reports on the Patriots interest in the 4-time All-Pro
Text from NFL coach on whether Bill Belichick takes a low-risk flyer on Antonio Brown: “I bet he does.”
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 7, 2019
Antonio Brown to the Patriots? @GregABedard says 45%.
Also mentions Chiefs and Eagles as options. “The Randy Moss plan.”
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) September 7, 2019
Asked one AFC scout just now what the market will be like for Antonio Brown. One word: “Patriots.”
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) September 7, 2019
Everyone thinks there are 8,567 reasons why the pats wouldn’t touch this guy which means they may
— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) September 7, 2019
Yup, only matters what one person thinks https://t.co/gEIDQPIdqK
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 7, 2019
UPDATE: BetOnline.ag has listed their odds for Antonio Brown’s next landing spot, with the Patriots as the favorite at 6/5 odds (+120). Next up are the Redskins at 4/1 odds (+400), followed by the Cowboys at 15/2 odds (+750)
More to come…