Patriots sign Antonio Brown after Raiders release
The Oakland Raiders can finally move on without Antonio Brown after granting him his request to be released on Saturday.
The Raiders have released WR Antonio Brown from the team today.
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) September 7, 2019
Brown requested his release early Saturday on Instagram, unhappy that the Raiders fined him more than $215,000 for conduct detrimental to the team, and that they voided more than $29 million in guarantees.
Brown brought all this on himself with a series of troubling behavior that reportedly included a scuffle with teammates who had to hold him back from going after general manager Mike Mayock.
By fining Antonio Brown $215,073.53 last night for conduct detrimental to the team on Sept. 4, the Raiders voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in his deal, per league sources.
This could help explain why Brown is now asking the Raiders for his release.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2019
He also released a strange video on Friday night after being given a free pass for that incident with Mayock.
When Oakland traded for Brown, it always seemed like a matter of “when,” not “if” Brown would create havoc, as he did in Pittsburgh. But nobody could have predicted things would get so bad, so fast.
Brown signed with the New England Patriots, hours after he was cut by the Raiders before ever playing a game for the team.
— AB (@AB84) September 7, 2019
He posted a photoshop on social media of himself in a Patriots jersey with the hashtags #godsplan and #rewritestory.
Some notes on @AB84 via @TwitterSports:
* Since Friday afternoon, there have been more than 1.5M Tweets about AB, more than any other athlete in the world.
* Shortly after he signed with the Patriots, there were more than 20K Tweets per minute about him.
His business is boomin'.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 7, 2019
The Instagram post was soon liked by New England receiver Julian Edelman, who already was splitting quarterback Tom Brady’s attention with one troublemaking receiver, Josh Gordon.