Antonio Brown has agreed a deal with the New England Patriots, hours according to numerous reports.
Brown along with the Patriots consented to some one-year deal worth up to $15m (#12m) that contains 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 using hat and a jersey.
The news arrived on a day where Brown was abruptly released by Oakland a little more than 48 hours prior to the Raiders’ season opener against the Denver Broncos.
Patriots start their season against Brown side Pittsburgh Steelers, once they’ll increase their sixth Super Bowl championship banner.
Brown played 130 matches into Raiders, before his move for Steelers in fourteen days in Heinz Field.
The move capped a tumultuous week at Oakland and arrived just hours after the wide receiver posted a message into Instagram on Saturday morning which finished with”Release me @raiders”.
Brown was free to sign with any team and became a free agent at 4:01 pm Eastern Time on Saturday. He’s qualified to play in Week 2.
“We tried every way possible to make it operate,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters.
“All I will say is it is disappointing. I am very pleased with our players, our coaches, our owner. We did. I’m sorry it did not. I apologise, but I could tell you I am very proud of everything we did an organisation to attempt. I need Antonio nothing but the best.”
Speaking on NFL Network before, Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he’ll have to work on finding a team.
“It has been well-documented that it has been a rocky road from the beginning,” Rosenhaus said.
“Regrettably, not all relationships between players and teams work out. Everyone had the best goals going in but it did not pan out.”
The release of brown came less than 24 hours after Gruden said he expected the receiver to play in Monday’s season opener.
He was fined $215,000 (#175,000) on Friday for a confrontation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock earlier in this week.
The behaviour fine voided the roughly $30m (#24m) of promises in his arrangement, while the Raiders also allegedly wouldn’t be obligated to give him any termination pay.
The Raiders obtained Brown in a trade in March, sending third-round along with fifth-round draft picks. They then signed him to some three-year, $50m (#40m) restructured contract expansion. According to numerous reports, the Raiders have to cover any money to Brown.
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