REPORT: New England Patriots sign WR Antonio Brown
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Wide receiver Antonio Brown has signed with the New England Patriots, according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Schefter broke the news on Twitter Saturday afternoon saying, “Antonio Brown has agreed to terms with the Patriots, per source.”
This comes just hours after the Oakland Raiders announced Saturday that they had released the star receiver before he ever played a game for the team.
Brown requested his release after a dramatic first summer with the team. He was reportedly upset about his latest team fine over an outburst at practice aimed at general manager Mike Mayock. That fine allowed the Raiders to void more than $29 million in guarantees over the next two years in Brown’s contract.
Oakland instead decided to cut ties entirely. The Raiders had been counting heavily on Brown after trading a third and fifth-round pick to Pittsburgh for the game’s most prolific receiver in March. They also gave him a new three-year contract worth $50.1 million that now is void following the release.
New England opens its season Sunday night and Oakland on Monday night.