Brown tweeted about his new group, posting a picture of himself in a Patriots uniform.
His one-year take care of New England is price $15 million and features a $9 million signing bonus, the NFL mentioned, citing NFL Community Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Community’s MJ Acosta.
Brown cannot play within the Patriots’ season opener towards the Steelers Sunday evening, however he’ll be eligible when group faces the Dolphins in week two, the NFL mentioned.
Following Friday’s group observe, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden had mentioned, “Antonio is again right this moment … We’re actually enthusiastic about that. We’re prepared to maneuver on. He is clearly had a whole lot of time to consider issues. We’re blissful to have him again, and I do know Raider nation is happy about that too.”
However Brown on Saturday morning posted a message to the Raiders on his Instagram web page asking the group to launch him. A picture on the publish learn, “You might be gonna piss lots of people off whenever you begin doing what’s greatest for you.”
Within the caption, Brown wrote, “I’ve labored my entire life to show that the system is blind to see expertise like mines. Now that everybody sees it, they need me to adapt to that very same system that has failed me all these years…Launch me.”
Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, advised CNN Saturday morning Brown was “wanting ahead to a brand new starting.”
His dramatic exit capped off a turbulent few days for the Raiders and Brown.
Brown was not on the group facility on Thursday, Mayock mentioned that day. The group didn’t say why or whether or not he was being disciplined.
“Antonio Brown shouldn’t be within the constructing right this moment,” Mayock advised reporters Thursday. “He will not be practising. I haven’t got any extra info for you proper now. And when I’ve some, and it turns into acceptable, you guys will all get it, I promise you. However that is it for right this moment.”
Brown took to Instagram Wednesday, posting a letter purportedly from Mayock informing him he has been fined near $54,000 by the group for lacking time throughout preseason coaching camp.
The 2 additionally received right into a heated trade on the observe area, which was witnessed by different gamers, Rapoport additionally reported, noting issues didn’t get bodily.
Gruden on Thursday mentioned he wouldn’t get into Brown’s scenario.
“I am emotional about it, hope you perceive why,” Gruden mentioned on the time. “I believe a whole lot of this man, I believe Antonio is a good receiver, and I believe deep down, I believe he is a very good man. So I am pissed off. I am not going to say any extra about it. Hope all of it works out. However I haven’t got something official to say about the rest till I get all of the info, and that is what I will do.”
Brown, who’s in his 10th NFL season, missed time throughout coaching camp whereas he recovered from frostbite on his toes from doing cryotherapy — and whereas he was interesting to the NFL to make use of the identical helmet he has used his whole profession.
The issue: His most well-liked helmet was one of many older fashions that had been banned by the NFL and the NFL Gamers Affiliation starting this season to enhance participant security.
He filed two grievances, shedding each.
CNN’s Wayne Sterling contributed to this report.