It appears we’ve reached the endgame of Antonio Brown’s absurd month with the Oakland Raiders.
The All-Pro wide receiver has agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The news comes only a few hours after the Raiders honored Brown’s request to be released.
Antonio Brown has agreed to terms with the Patriots, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2019
Per Schefter, the deal is a one-year, $15 million pact that includes a $9 million signing bonus for Brown. Brown himself confirmed the deal on Twitter with a photoshop of himself in a Patriots uniform.
The deal can’t officially be signed until Monday, so Brown won’t be eligible to play in the Patriots’ season opener against his old team in the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brown finds a new team after Raiders debacle
Brown’s free agency lasted all of four hours, which might be surprising considering the sheer volume of red flags he raised during his stint with the Raiders.
The Raiders acquired Brown for a third and fifth round pick this offseason after the wide receiver torched every bridge in sight with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Slated to be the Raiders’ biggest star, Brown’s training camp was instead one embarrassment after another for the team. Cryotherapy frostbite, helmet grievances, shouting matches and cryptic but well-edited YouTube videos were the story of the Raiders’ last month.
That fight culminated in Brown asking the Raiders to release him with an Instagram post on Saturday morning. The team heeded his wishes soon after, and now he has joined the New England Patriots.
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