The New England
Patriots have decided that they no longer need Antonio Brown. He was involved
in too many problems, and there’s a lawsuit against him. Well, Brown still
hopes to come back, and he hasn’t forgot his money.
Brown took to Instagram to ask the Patriots to sign him again.
“You guys that follow the Patriots, tell them to call me,” Brown said. “They’ve still got to pay me, so might as well let me earn it.”
NFL execs have discussed his situation. One of them said, “That’s Goodell saying, ‘Don’t sign Antonio Brown. And if you do, we’re going to put him on the [exempt] list anyway.’ I don’t know that anyone is really interested in him at this point with all this stuff going on, but that statement has got to make you think twice when you might be signing him and taking the heat for it and then he’s not even available to play for you. Why go through that?”
will happen now? “For now, the status of
the league’s investigation appears to have left Brown in a state of limbo with
any teams that have interest in signing him,” Charles
Robinson wrote. “If teams require Brown to be free from
investigation to consider signing him, the league’s investigation must come to
a conclusion. However, the league’s investigation apparently won’t conclude
without Brown cooperating — and Brown can’t be forced to cooperate without
signing with another NFL team.”
Things don’t look too good for Brown.
England] fighting to keep that signing bonus now is either a gross
misunderstanding of [the CBA’s] rules on voiding signing bonuses or it’s just
out of spite,” one source said. “I can’t believe they don’t understand the
signing bonus voids in the CBA. There’s just no way. This is just spitefulness.
They’re fighting [Brown] completely out of the anger and embarrassment in
Article 4 and section 9 explains pretty much everything about
“(a) Forfeitable Breach. Any player who (i) willfully fails to
report, practice or play with the result that the player’s ability to fully
participate and contribute to the team is substantially undermined (for
example, without limitation, holding out or leaving the squad absent a showing
of extreme personal hardship); or (ii) is unavailable to the team due to
conduct by him that results in his incarceration; or (iii) is unavailable to
the team due to a nonfootball injury that resulted from a material breach of
Paragraph 3 of his NFL Player Contract; or (iv) voluntarily retires …”