Antonio Brown has agreed a contract with the New England Patriots, hours after being released by the Oakland Raiders, according to reports.
Brown along with the Patriots agreed to a one-year deal worth around $15m (#12m) which includes a $9m (#7.2m) signing bonus, according to reports.
The 31-year-old took to all-but-confirm the deal to media, posting a picture of himself using hat and a jersey.
The information is based on a whirlwind day where Brown was released by Oakland a little more than 48 hours before the Raiders’ season opener against the Denver Broncos.
Patriots open their season against the former side Pittsburgh Steelers, if their sixth Super Bowl championship banner will be raised by them of Brown ads.
Brown played 130 matches into Raiders, before his move to get Steelers in nine seasons at 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 is eligible to play in Week two.
“We tried every way possible to make it work,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters.
“All I will say is it’s disappointing. I’m very pleased with our clients, our coaches, our owner. We did. I am sorry it didn’t. I apologise, but I will tell you I’m very proud of what we did because an organisation to attempt. I need Antonio nothing but the very best.”
Speaking on NFL Network Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he will get to work on finding a brand new group.
“It has been well-documented that it’s been a rocky road from the start,” Rosenhaus said.
“Unfortunately, not all relationships between players and teams work out. Everybody had the best goals going in but it did not pan out”
Brown’s release came less than 24 hours following Gruden said he anticipated the receiver to play in Monday’s season opener.
He was fined $215,000 (#175,000) on Friday for a confrontation with all Raiders general manager Mike Mayock earlier in the week.
The behavior fine voided the approximately $30m (#24m) of promises in his arrangement, although the Raiders also allegedly wouldn’t be obligated to provide him some termination pay.
The Raiders acquired Brown at a commerce in March, delivering fifth-round and third-round draft picks. Then they signed him to some three-year, $50m (Number 40m) restructured contract extension. According to reports, the Raiders have to pay any cash to Brown.
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