Antonio Brown's Trouble's Continue

The Raiders have reported that receiver Antonio Brown may not play in Week 1 opener against the Denver Broncos on Monday night.  NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that it’s unclear if Oakland is suspending Brown or if he’s just inactive. Either way, it doesn’t look like Brown will appear on Monday Night football with his new team. 

This all relates to the receiver’s contract and how it’s structuredWhen Brown signed his deal, the guaranteed total included a $1 million signing bonus plus a guaranteed $14.625 million for the 2019,  and $14.5 million 2020, for a total of $30.125 million.  Most players get their signing bonus right after they put they sign their contract, but not Brown. 

Reported by PFT, Brown’s signing bonus was split into two separate workout bonuses of $500,000 each. To get the 2019 bonus, Brown had to show up for 85 percent of the team’s offseason training activities, and he did not. So the Raiders didn’t have to pay him the bonus, which means Brown lossed out on $500,000 before he even started training camp. 

If  Brown’s suspended he could lose  nearly $30 million of guaranteed money, but If he’s  inactive, that money will remain on the table. 

 Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus was asked about a possible suspension for Week 1, while appearing on the NFL Network.

 

This all comes after a heated argument between Brown and Raiders general manager Mike Mayock. It was reported that Brown needed to be held back by a few of his teammates during the altercation. 

Brown was recently fined by the Raiders for violating team rules, which fell under the category of “conduct detrimental to the team.” Brown posted a letter informing him of his fines on Instagram, which played a big role in this latest problem with the Raiders. 

Brown was absent from practice on Thursday and the Raiders statement was short to say the least.  Also in the latest injury report, Oakland listed Brown as a DNP citing “not injury related — conduct.”

 

“Not a lot is clear yet,” Rosenhaus told the NFL Network, “Other than that the Raiders said that AB should stay home today. “They’re trying to work through the relationship with him. We haven’t heard anything about a potential decision yet.”

If Brown is suspended he could lose $30 million in guaranteed money, if that happens, I think it’s safe to say that Brown will not be a Raider.

Brown has already unfollowed the Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr on social media, so the end might already be here

Update 9-7-19

The Raiders have voided the guaranteed $29.125 million on Brown’s contract, and Brown has demanded his release, and it was granted.  The Raiders announced the transaction on Twitter, putting an end to the dispute once and for all.

“Now that Antonio is a free agent, we are focused on the future and I will immediately work on signing him to a new team,” said Antonio’s agent Drew Rosenhaus, “Antonio is looking forward to a new beginning.”

Well Brown has already signed a 1yr 15million dollar contract with the Patriots, I would say that’s a great new beginning.