The past 72 hours have been crazy for anyone and everyone involved in the Antonio Brown saga. Obviously, the Oakland Raiders are at the forefront of the news, considering they were the team who traded with the Pittsburgh Steelers for him, then cut him prior to the team’s Week 1 Monday Night Football game vs. the Denver Broncos.
Steelers fans were curious where Brown would end up, and if you dig deep enough into your soul you knew it would always be the New England Patriots. And that is exactly what happened Saturday afternoon.
Antonio Brown agrees to a 1 year deal worth up $15mil with the #Patriots. $9mil signing bonus. Wow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2019
The move gives Brown $9 million dollars in guaranteed money, which is why he demanded to be out of Oakland as soon as they took away the guarantees in his contract.
For those wondering if Brown will be able to suit up Sunday night vs. the team who drafted him, the answer to that is ‘No’.
New #Patriots WR Antonio Brown can’t play Sunday night. But… they play the #Steelers, so maybe he’ll just hang out and go visit some old friends.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2019
This might be the final go around for Brown, who has yet to prove he can be a team player for any team in the past year. His behavior resulted in him going from a prized trade acquisition to being cut.
Everyone assumes the ‘Patriot Way’ will put Brown on the straight and narrow. That Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will keep him from going off the way he did in Pittsburgh and Oakland.
Needless to say, Steelers fans everywhere want nothing more than this decision to blow up in the Patriots’ face more than any other move prior. In the meantime, starting in Week 2 the Patriots’ wide receiving corps will be quite daunting: Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman, Antonio Brown and Demariyus Thomas.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding this story as the Patriots and Steelers will go head-to-head in prime time.