Antonio Brown released by Raiders reaction. AB cut by Oakland after Jon Gruden phone call video. Will the SuperBowl champions New England Patriots sign Antonio Brown?
Antonio Brown released by Oakland Raiders is official Florida Man news. NFL Hall of Fame Tight End and Undisputed Shannon Sharpe tried to tell everyone about Antonio Brown while he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Oakland Raiders announced they released Antonio Brown, making the All Pro wide receiver eligible to sign with any NFL team at 4:01 p.m. ET Saturday. The only 2019 Oakland Raiders Antonio Brown highlights NFL fans will get is a timeline of problems between the wide receiver, head coach Jon Gruden, and GM Mike Mayock.
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“Now that Antonio is a free agent, we are focused on the future and I will immediately work on signing him to a new team,” Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said in a statement. “Antonio is looking forward to a new beginning.”
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The Oakland raiders cut Antonio Brown after he asked to be released by the AFC West team in an Instagram post earlier Saturday.
NFL WR Antonio Brown told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington in an email Saturday that there is “no way” he plays for the Oakland Raiders.
The Pro Bowl wide receiver said that was his stance after the team “took away my [contract] guarantees.” He added: “no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week.” That is why he requested the Raiders release Antonio Brown.
The Raiders fined AB $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, league sources told Schefter on Saturday.
By fining Antonio Brown, the Raiders voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in his deal, sources told Adam Schefter.
In addition, the Raiders sent AB 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.
With the Oakland Raiders Antonio Brown release he is cleared to sign with any NFL team after 4 p.m. Saturday, but he’s not eligible to play until Week 2 at the earliest.
The Antonio Brown Raiders relationship never officially started because he never played a game for Oakland, but was the center of the Raiders’ offseason story.
He spent time away from the team as he attempted to resolve an issue with his helmet, was fined for missing that time, got into a verbal altercation with general manager Mike Mayock over those fines, and was fined for the altercation.
Additionally, Brown on Friday night posted a video on YouTube of a private phone call he had with Gruden.
WATCH: Antonio Brown phone call THIS IS MY LIFE. AIN’T NO MORE GAMES
In the Antonio Brown video, which lasted 1 minute, 57 seconds, Brown is heard taking a call from Gruden, who asks the receiver: “What the hell is going on, man?”
NFL wide receiver AB answered, “Just a villain all over the news, man.”
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden then called Brown “the most misunderstood” person he has met, before asking him: “Do you want to be a Raider or not?”
AB answered: “Man, I’ve been trying to be a Raider since day one. I’ve been f—ing working my ass off harder than anyone. I don’t know why it’s a question of me being a Raider. It’s like do you guys want me to be a Raider?”
Gruden then asked the receiver to stop the off-the-field stuff and “just play football.”
“How hard is that?” Gruden could be heard saying. “You’re a great football player. Just play football.”
Florida Man Antonio Brown then told his coach it’s not that simple.
“I’m more than just a football player, man,” he said. “I’m a real person. I’m a real person. It ain’t about the football, I know I can do that. I show you guys that on the daily. This is my life. Ain’t no more games.”
It wasn’t immediately clear when the call between Brown and Gruden took place. A Raiders source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Friday night that Gruden was truly amused by the video and even thought it was “awesome.”