Antonio Brown has agreed a contract with the New England Patriots, hours after being discharged by the Oakland Raiders, according to multiple reports.
Brown and the Patriots agreed to some one-year deal worth up to $15m (#12m) that comprises a $9m (#7.2m) signing bonus, according to reports.
The 31-year-old took to the bargain that was all-but-confirm, posting an image of himself with a hat and jersey.
The news arrived on a day where Brown was released by Oakland that a little more than 48 hours before the Raiders’ season opener against the Denver Broncos.
Patriots open their season against Brown facet Pittsburgh Steelers, whenever they will raise their sixth Super Bowl championship bannerads.
Brown played 130 matches prior to his move, to get Steelers in fourteen days at Heinz Field to Raiders.
The move capped a tumultuous week in Oakland and came just hours after the wide receiver posted a message into Instagram on Saturday morning which ended with”Release me @raiders”.
Brown has been free to sign with any team and became a free agent at 4:01 pm Eastern Time on Saturday. He is qualified to play in Week two.
“We tried every way possible to make it function,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told Bloomberg.
“All I will say is it is disappointing. I am really pleased with our clients, our coaches, our owner, our front office. We did. I am sorry it didn’t. I apologise, but I shall tell you I am very proud of what we did to try. I wish Antonio nothing but the best.”
Speaking on NFL Network before, Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he will have to work on finding a new team.
“It has been well-documented that it’s been a rocky road from the start,” Rosenhaus said.
“Unfortunately, not all connections between teams and players workout. Everyone had the best intentions going in but it did not pan out”
The launch of brown came less than 24 hours following Gruden said he expected the wide receiver to play in Monday’s season opener.
He had been fined $215,000 (#175,000) on Friday for a confrontation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock earlier in the week.
The behavior fine voided the approximately $30m (#24m) of promises in his contract, although the Raiders also allegedly would not be obligated to give him some termination pay.
The Raiders acquired Brown in a trade in March, delivering third-round and fifth-round draft picks into Pittsburgh. They then signed him to a three-year, $50m (#40m) restructured contract extension. According to numerous reports, the Raiders have to cover any money to Brown.
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