Antonio Brown set to join New England Patriots
Antonio Brown has agreed a deal with the New England Patriots, hours according to multiple reports.
Brown and the Patriots agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $15m (#12m) which includes a $9m (#7.2m) signing bonus, according to reports.
The 31-year-old took to social websites to all-but-confirm the deal, posting a picture of himself using hat and a jersey.
The information is based on a day in which Oakland abruptly released Brown that a bit more than 48 hours before the Raiders’ season opener against the Denver Broncos.
The move capped a tumultuous week in Oakland and came only hours after the wide receiver submitted a message to Instagram about Saturday morning that ended with”Release me @raiders”.
Brown became a free agent at 4:01pm Eastern Time on Saturday and has been free to sign with any team. He’s eligible to play in Week two.
“We tried every way possible to make it operate,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told Bloomberg.
“All I will say is it’s disappointing. I’m really pleased with our clients, our coaches, our owner. We did. I am sorry it didn’t. I apologise, but I could tell you I am very proud of everything we did to try. I wish Antonio nothing but the very best.”
Talking on NFL Network Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he will get to focus on finding a brand new team.
“It has been well-documented that it’s been a rocky road from the start,” Rosenhaus said.
“Regrettably, not all relationships between teams and players work out. Everybody had the best intentions going in but it did not pan out”
Brown’s launch came less than 24 hours after Gruden said he expected the receiver to play in Monday’s season opener.
He had been fined $215,000 (#175,000) on Friday for a confrontation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock earlier in this week. The conduct fine voided the approximately $30m (#24m) of guarantees in his contract, although the Raiders also allegedly wouldn’t be obligated to give him some termination pay.
The Raiders acquired Brown at a commerce in March, delivering third-round and fifth-round draft picks to Pittsburgh. They then signed into a three-year, $50m (#40m) restructured contract extension. According to reports, the Raiders have yet to cover Brown any money.