Antonio Brown has agreed a deal with the New England Patriots, hours according to numerous reports.
Brown along with the Patriots consented to a one-year deal worth around $15m (#12m) which includes a $9m (#7.2m) signing bonus, according to reports.
The 31-year-old took to the deal to social media, posting an image of himself with hat and a Patriots jersey.
The information arrived on a whirlwind day where Oakland released Brown a bit more than 48 hours prior to the Raiders’ season opener against the Denver Broncos.
The move capped a tumultuous week at Oakland and came just hours after the wide receiver submitted a message into Instagram about Saturday morning that finished with”Release me @raiders”.
Brown became a free agent as of 4:01pm Eastern Time on Saturday and has been free to sign with any team. He’s qualified to play in Week 2.
“We tried every way possible to make it function,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters.
“All I will say is it’s disappointing. I’m very pleased with our players, our coaches, our owner, our office. We did what we could to make this work. I’m sorry it didn’t. I apologise, but I could tell you I am very proud of everything we did because an organisation to try. I wish Antonio nothing but the best.”
Speaking on NFL Network Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he’ll get to focus on finding a team.
“It’s been well-documented that it has been a rocky road from the beginning,” Rosenhaus said.
“Unfortunately, not all connections between players and teams workout. Everybody had the very best goals going in but it didn’t pan out.”
The release of brown came less than 24 hours later Gruden said he anticipated the receiver to play in Monday’s season opener.
He had been fined $215,000 (#175,000) on Friday for a confrontation with all Raiders general manager Mike Mayock earlier in the week. The conduct fine voided the roughly $30m (#24m) of promises in his arrangement, while the Raiders also allegedly would not be bound to give him any termination pay.
The Raiders obtained Brown in a commerce in March, delivering third-round and fifth-round draft picks to Pittsburgh. Then they signed into a three-year, $50m (#40m) restructured contract extension. According to reports, the Raiders have to pay any money to Brown.

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