It was early Saturday afternoon when the news broke. Human head case Antonio Brown, after peeling feet, helmet whining, calling the Raiders general manager a “cracker,” and videotaping a chat with Jon Gruden, he was finally released by the Oakland Raiders. Within moments, however, Brown had already landed a new home: the New England Patriots. And it wasn’t a “let’s chat,” – the receiver inked to a one-year deal that could be worth $15-million – including a $9-million signing bonus.
Given Brown’s flightiness and Patriot’s reputation for cheating to get what they want (allegedly)… there are more than a few people who think the whole cry-baby-poopie-pants drama in Oakland was just a ploy to put this whole scheme in motion. Here are some of the Tweets that went out over the weekend.
- “People I’ve talked to in the league think was intentional. He wanted out and go to NE. Not sure I’m buying it”(Michael Lombardi/”The Athletic”)
- “I just got a text from someone I trust in the league and they believe this was all coordinated. That at some point AB got word that Pats would sign him if he ever got released.”(Robert Littal/”BSO Sports”)
- “It took the NFL 100 seasons to produce a story like this.”(Adam Schefter/ESPN)
If it was orchestrated, it’s slimy has hell, brilliant, and only fitting that the Patriots get him.