Just when you thought evil couldn’t strike again, BOOM!
Antonio Brown’s career with the Raiders reached a boiling point this past week, and it finally culminated with his release.
It seemed possible Thursday, unlikely Friday, and now today, it happened.
Insert the New England Patriots.
New England swoops in like the Evil Empire they are, and signs the fallen from grace superstar WR to a 1-year, $15 million contract ($9 million guaranteed).
The Patriots receiving corps now looks as followed:
*on returnable IR
Suddenly, Brady has one of the best WRs of the best decade at his disposal.
He’ll compliment the always reliable Julian Edelman, big threat Josh Gordon, and veteran Demaryius Thomas.
For a QB “on the decline” and who lost his security blanket in Rob Gronkowski this offseason, this is a great consolation.
Should Brown be trusted?
His behavior in Oakland was immature, and he deserved the fines he got, as well as his ultimate release.
However, his talent is undeniable.
He is a Hall of Famer, and when that type of player is available, you take the risk.
I’m sure Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization will have him on a short leash, but they know Tom Brady won’t be around forever. They took a flier on Josh Gordon last season, and he put up good numbers, and seems to be in a better place mentally
Brown is a bet as well, but if it pays off, New England will be better off for it.
If it begins to go south, they’ll simply cut their losses and release him, no harm done.
For someone like Bill Belichick who has built almost unlimited cache, you can’t not trust him to figure this out.
Well, the rest of the NFL is hoping this blows up in his face anyway.
Who’s ready for some football!
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