Just as the Raiders’ Antonio Brown nightmare ended, another nightmare for football begins.
Antonio Brown and the Patriots reached agreement on a 1-year deal worth up $15 million that includes a $9 million signing bonus, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2019
The Patriots, despite their tightly-wound appearance from the outside, are a team with a history of taking on troubled players. They are the ones who took Randy Moss off the Raiders’ hands, and they also signed Josh Gordon following his suspension-filled tenure in Cleveland. Brown’s deal has a lot of money attached to it, but very little risk and zero long-term commitment. Brown didn’t want to play week to week, but now he’s gonna play year to year.
Sometimes that strategy works out, and sometimes the Pats will just cut dudes. Brown is not likely to have a long leash with Bill Belichick, certainly not as long as the one Jon Gruden gave him. The Patriots’ WR corps has very little depth so it makes sense for the Patriots to throw this at the wall and see if it sticks, but can AB and Bill Belichick coexist or will Brown find his way out of town once again?