After a long day filled with drama and unrest wide receiver Antonio Brown has finally been signed by a team. 6x Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots were favorites to sign the veteran receiver following his release from the Oakland Raiders earlier today.
This should come as no surprise to fans as the Patriots did something similar with Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss (they went 16-0 with Moss). Antonio, who is in the prime of his career is no stranger to drama but with Belichick at the helm and his low tolerance for nonsense it seems as if he’s the only man who can rein in Antonio and put an end to his antics.
It’s reported that the Patriots had shown an interest in Brown after his request to be traded out of Pittsburgh but there was no way the Steelers would trade Brown to an AFC rival.
Brown will not be eligible to play in the week 1 Sunday night game against his former team the Pittsburgh Steelers, however he will become available in week 2 against the Miami Dolphins.
New England signed Brown to a 1-year deal worth $15 million including a $9 million signing bonus per Adam Schefter
Tom Brady is spoilt for choice when it comes to offensive weapons this season. Despite having no receiving core last year as well as an aging Gronk, Brady still led his team to a Super Bowl victory after defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. The New England Patriots are stacked at the wide receiver position following the reinstatement of Josh Gordon, first round draft pick N’keal Harry who is currently on injury reserve, former Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas, Julian Edelman and now arguably the most productive receiver in the league Antonio Brown.
Brown who played 15 games for the Steelers hauled in 104 receptions, 1297 yards and 15 touchdowns will be looking to add a Super Bowl championship to his already outstanding resume with the Patriots being favored to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
It’ll be exciting to see how head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will use Brown this year. Hopefully Antonio and Brady can have the same chemistry Brady had with Moss in ’07.