Wide receiver Antonio Brown signed with the New England Patriots Saturday, hours after being cut by the Oakland Raiders before ever playing a team game.
Brown posts photoshop on social media of himself in a Patriots T-shirt with the hashtags #godsplan and #rewritestory. Posting on Instagram was soon liked by New England successor Julian Edelman, who was already splitting the attention of quarterback Tom Brady with one troubled receiver, Josh Gordon.
The signing marked the official end of Brown's brief and tumultuous time with the Raiders, which was marked by confrontations with general manager Mike Mayock, a phone call with wiretapping with head coach John Gruden, a cryotherapy session that led to frostbite and a continuing problem with finding the right helmet after its previous termination by the NFL.
Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhouse, confirmed the signing of the Associated Press. For the three-year deal, Brown was scheduled to win up to $ 50 million from Auckland. Instead, the Patriots are guaranteed $ 9 million this season, with the potential to win up to $ 1
ANTONIO BROWN, USED BY AUCLAND RAIDERS AFTER FRAGGED OFF-SEASON, REPORTED AIRCRAFT WITH GM OVER PRIZES, MONEY released late on Friday, which includes a recording of a phone conversation between himself and Gruden. The request for release came at the height of Brown's final fine, over a Mayok outbreak in practice. That fine allowed the Raiders to cancel more than $ 29 million in guarantees over the next two years under Brown's contract if he wasn't on the team.
After receiving his release message, Brown releases a video in which he yells "for free!" "[Wehavejustexhaustedeverything"Grudensaid"WetriedeverypossiblewaytomakeitworkAllIwillsayisdisappointing"
The Raiders traded two peaks for the middle arm in Pittsburgh for the game's most productive receiver and was given a three-year, $ 50.1 million contract, which is now void; Brown can still file a claim for a refund of guaranteed money.
Saturday's move follows a week , in which Brown posted a letter on social media detailing a $ 54,000 fine (ESPN announced that a total of $ 215,073 would be fined for conduct detrimental to the team.)
Brown was kicked out one day, then returned to the team and apologized for meeting and briefly publicly December stated that Brown had plans to play Denver on Monday night, but that changed after Brown requested and received his release.
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"It was crazy," said Oakland receiver Tirel Williams. "We feel how everyone else is feeling. It was wild, it was crazy, it was unexpected. But we will go out and play independently. He made that decision. We will go there and play how
NFL players had to be active roster by 4:00 pm Saturday will play in the opening seasons of this weekend so Brown will not play against his old Pittsburgh Steelers squad on Sunday, and is likely to take his first action against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 15. that the deal cannot be signed until Monday.
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