Antonio Brown Signs With Patriots


Mahle Gangi, Staff Writer

The NFL’s problem child, Antonio Brown, was at it again this week when he was released from his contract with the Oakland Raiders on Saturday. Brown has been on a rollercoaster ride during the offseason as he was traded from the Steelers to the Raider, signing a 2-year $30 million guaranteed deal. The money was to be paid over the next two seasons, half of it due the moment he stepped on the field for Game 1 of the 2019 NFL season. 

True to his form, Brown was involved in some off-the-field issues before he ever put on his Raiders uniform, including frost-bitten feet that kept him from a cryo treatment and controversy over having to wear a new helmet. Though a distraction, the Raiders organization tried to work with Brown until an incident occurred in practice on Wednesday. The star wide receiver had an altercation with General Manager Mike Mayock on the field, calling him a racial slur and voicing anger over an imposed fine. Shortly thereafter, talks of suspension and ultimately a revocation of his contract came to fruition. 

Brown was released from the Raiders and immediately signed by the New England Patriots on Saturday afternoon for comparable money, but only a one-year deal. Though he was not eligible to play Week 1, Brown will likely be on the field Sunday night as the New England Patriots are facing his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.