Antonio Brown to quit NFL: Former New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders quits NFL after losing bonus payments

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown with general manager Mike Mayock
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown with general manager Mike Mayock

Antonio Brown says he won’t play in the NFL anymore after losing out on a series of bonuses following his release from both the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.

The talented wide receiver, arguably the best in the NFL over the last couple of seasons, has seen his career nose dive after a series of off-field incidents and dramas that followed his move from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He engineered a move to Oakland but after a series of issues there including a wrangle over helmet manufacturers he was then released, and joined the reigning champion Patriots just a matter of hours later.

Then broke news of a sexual assault civil case, and reports of intimidating text messages he sent to another accuser after he joined the Patriots.

He scored a touchdown on his New England debut but the team then ditched him after news of these text messages emerged, and that has seen Brown lose yet another bonus cheque.

The Raiders rescinded almost $30m in guaranteed money citing conduct detrimental to the team, while the Patriots are apparently withholding a $9m signing bonus for similar reasons.

Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus had said on Friday that his player was keen to find another team in the NFL, and that several had already been in contact about a possible free agent move.

However, with an NFL investigation underway over all the allegations made against him, teams are unlikely to sign him until they are concluded.

NFL Week Three schedule

Sunday, September 22, 2019

  • Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
  • Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys
  • Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers
  • Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts
  • Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
  • Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings
  • New York Jets at New England Patriots
  • Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles
  • Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals
  • New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers
  • New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
  • Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers
  • Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns

Monday, September 23, 2019

  • Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins

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