The rollercoaster relationship between star wide receiver Antonio Brown and the Oakland Raiders apparently came to an end Saturday after he demanded his release following a $215,073 fine from the team.
Brown posted on his Instagram account Saturday morning that he’s not angry but wants the “freedom” to disprove his skeptics.
“I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines (sic),” he wrote. “Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years. I’m not mad at anyone. I’m just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong. Release me @raiders. #NOMore”
In a press release a few hours later, the team granted Brown’s wish.
“The Raiders have released WR Antonio Brown from the team today,” the terse statement read.
Following his release from the Raiders on Saturday, Brown confirmed on Instagram he would sign with the New England Patriots.
Brown is set to make up to $15 million on a one-year deal with the Patriots, including a $9 million signing bonus, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Brown was free to sign with any team in the league at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday and it didn’t take him long to agree to terms with the reigning Super Bowl champions, who happen to be facing his former team in the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1. Brown will not be eligible to play in the game, however, as he was not on the roster as of 1 p.m.
The latest twists to this melodrama came a day after Brown returned to the team following a one-day banishment and apologized in a meeting and in a brief public statement. Coach Jon Gruden said the plan was for Brown to play in the opener Monday night against Denver, but that could all change now.
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SOURCE: CBS SF BayArea