SportsPulse: Despite all the drama the past month, days, and hours, Antonio Brown wins big and is likely closer to a championship than he’s ever been before says USA TODAY’s Mike Jones.
USA TODAYThat was fast. On the same day he asked for and was granted his release from the Oakland Raiders, a team he never even played a game for, Antonio Brown has signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been formally announced.The deal is worth $15 million with a signing bonus worth $9 million. Brown is not expected to play Sunday as the Patriots open their regular season against the team that drafted him, the Pittsburgh Steelers.Brown signaled he is indeed heading to New England by posting a photoshopped picture of him in a Patriots jersey on social media. It’s been a drama-filled summer for Brown, who has been involved in several controversies including, but not limited to, frostbitten feet, “helmet-gate,” a verbal spat with his general manager and a potentially illegally recorded phone conversation with his former coach that he turned into a hype video and posted on Instagram and YouTube. Once news of Brown’s release became official earlier Saturday, the Patriots were considered a logical landing spot for the 31-year-old. Those predictions have proved to be true. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide