Raiders cut Antonio Brown, Patriots sign him to 1-year deal

Feb 3 2019 Atlanta GA USA Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is hit near the sideline by New England Patriots defensive back

Feb 3 2019 Atlanta GA USA Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is hit near the sideline by New England Patriots defensive back

After a week of up-and-down speculation and controversy, the Oakland Raiders announced Saturday morning that they are releasing superstar receiver Antonio Brown.

Hours after Brown's release from Oakland was made official by the team, Schefter reported that Brown will sign a one-year deal with the Patriots that will be worth up to $15 million and will include a $9 million signing bonus.

Brown posted a picture of himself in a Patriots uniform on Instagram shortly after ESPN reported the signing.

The first question most fans are asking - can Brown suit up for the Patriots against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night?

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has so far been impressed with Gordon's reacclimation.

Brown was traded from the Steelers to the Raiders for a third-round and a fifth-round pick in March.

Slated to be the Raiders' biggest star, Brown's training camp was instead one embarrassment after another for the team. That didn't stop Brown from sending out a cryptic tweet following his release.

Improving your stable of pass catchers after losing Rob Gronkowski to retirement shouldn't be possible.

With Brown on the roster the Patriots at wideout now shakes out as follows: Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Antonio Brown, Demaryius Thomas, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, and Matthew Slate. Some of New England's most prominent alumni were on the field in the early 2000s when the Patriots launched their dynasty and truly became bitter enemies with the Steelers. Good luck with that, AFC. The team brought in rookie Matthew Wright to challenge Boswell during training camp, and Boswell responded by putting together a almost flawless six weeks to keep a firm grasp on the job and lock up a $2 million roster bonus. Belichick has taken in hard players before, but Brown could be a different level of challenge. Gordon, when playing, is a dominant receiver as he led the league in receiving yards back in 2013, when he was a member of the Cleveland Browns.

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