Antonio Brown Rumors: Kraft, Suitors, Cap

Antonio Brown‘s latest stay in free agency is, as expected, lasting longer than his brief unattached period between his Raiders and Patriots stints. He remains unemployed as Week 3 Sunday nears. Here is the latest from the Brown rumor mill, beginning with more on the Patriots’ decision to cut him:

  • Robert Kraft became “enraged” while learning the details of Brown sending texts to a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct, and Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports (subscription required) he and Bill Belichick then spoke of the receiver’s status in New England. The two Pats power brokers agreed Brown had to go, after only 11 days with the team. The report from’s Robert Klemko about the messages broke late Thursday night, and barely 12 hours later, Brown had seen a third team part ways with him in less than seven months.
  • While the Patriots are expected to have an avenue to avoid paying Brown anything beyond his Week 2 and Week 3 base salaries, Field Yates of notes (via Twitter) the receiver is still counting $4.5MM on New England’s cap. As it stands currently, Brown represents a $4.5MM cap hold on the Pats’ 2019 and ’20 cap sheets.
  • If and when a Brown grievance comes regarding his $9MM signing bonus — which was set to be paid in two installments, Monday and then in early 2020 — Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap writes a Patriots victory in that setting would give them more than $5MM in 2020 cap credits.
  • The Seahawks have already come out and said they are not interested in Brown this time around. Another suitor who was interested earlier this month is bowing out this time, too, per’s Tom Pelissero (video link). This may be a common refrain, as Brown is dealing with far more troublesome issues than he was when the Raiders cut the cord.
  • It would be hard to imagine the Redskins pursuing Brown, considering what Jay Gruden saw his brother go through over the summer in trying to manage the mercurial talent, but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes the NFC East franchise should not be ruled out. This is the team that placed a waiver claim on Reuben Foster when no one else did, and Florio adds this could be more of a Dan SnyderBruce Allen decision. Foster had been arrested on multiple occasions when Washington claimed him, and it does not appear an arrest is in the cards for Brown. The Redskins are also 0-2 and thin on skill-position talent. For now, the 31-year-old superstar is in the clear to seek NFL employment, though a commissioner’s exempt list stay may be on the horizon if he signs anywhere. That will hurt his chances of playing for another team in 2019.
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23 comments on “Antonio Brown Rumors: Kraft, Suitors, Cap

  1. braveshomer

    One of the most craziest fall from top of the mountain I’ve ever seen so quickly… Aaron Hernandez story probably the most crazy how quickly that story changed. Strange

  2. madmanTX

    “Kraft became enraged”? Moreso than when he found out about the police video recording from the massage parlor?

    • kylegocougs

      Well after that incident he had just had a “release” of sorts; now, with Brown, the release he got was firing a troublemaker.

    • leefieux

      I thought the same thing, lol. He was enraged because his money, which got HIM off, couldn’t get AB off.

      • burtgummer

        Obviously idiots don’t know the difference between forcible rape and paying for a handjob from a prostitute

        • zcoughlin2

          One is deplorable, and the other is pathetic (and also deplorable if the trafficking of women for sex was involved as was alleged). But easier to just ignore that part.

  3. Wade Herbers

    P.O.S. should never play again. But someone with no moral compass and little brains will sign him.l. Just win baby??? Right?? Oh yeah , I forgot. Even the Raiders gave up on him. How big of a turd in life’s dung pile do you gotta be to sent packing from the raiders?

  4. Tazza

    He would obviously be good for a bunch of teams but I think he needs to sit out for a couple weeks get focused and lose the off field distractions then start to play

    My pick for a potential suitor is the Packers or the Panthers

    • earmbrister

      He’d obviously be bad for any team. The “man” is a narcissist and a sociopath.

  5. letmeclearmythroat74

    Where’s the idiot Tsoft ? Spent the whole off season stroking AB and LB. What do you think of your buddy AB now … clowns stick together … I get it

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