Brown finds new home, agrees to deal with Pats
New England is giving Brown a one-year deal worth up to $15 million, Rosenhaus said. It includes a $9 million signing bonus, $10 million guaranteed and $5 million in incentives, the source said.
The agreement comes hours after the receiver was released by the Raiders, ending a tumultuous stint with Oakland after it acquired him via trade during the offseason.
Brown took to social media after he agreed to the deal.
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Brown was eligible to sign with any team at 4:01 p.m. ET Saturday. Because of that, he is not eligible to play until Week 2 at the earliest, meaning Brown will miss New England’s opener Sunday night against his former team, the Steelers. The Patriots and Raiders do not play this regular season.
The Patriots will have to make a corresponding move once they officially sign Brown, but for now, their receiving corps includes Super Bowl LIII Most Valuable Player Julian Edelman, Brown, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, and undrafted rookies Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski. First-round draft choice N’Keal Harry has opened the season on injured reserve.
The agreement comes after Brown asked to be released by the Raiders in an Instagram post earlier Saturday. Oakland had fined him $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, sources told Schefter, a move that voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in his deal.
In addition, the Raiders sent Brown a letter stating that he no longer will be entitled to termination pay, sources told Schefter. As a result, Brown would have been playing on a week-to-week basis with both his guaranteed money voided and lack of termination pay.
Oakland, in turn, cut Brown loose Saturday afternoon, and Rosenhaus said he’d immediately try to find a new home for the seven-time Pro Bowler.
“Antonio is looking forward to a new beginning,” Rosenhaus said.
The acquisition of Brown moved the Patriots past the Kansas City Chiefs and into the role of Super Bowl favorites at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks. The Patriots went from 6-1 to 4-1 to win the Super Bowl at the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas. The Chiefs are 6-1.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this report.
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September 7, 2019 at 04:27PM