NFL GM: Raiders’ Antonio Brown situation ‘uncharted territory’
The Oakland Raiders appear to have reached their limits with the ongoing Antonio Brown saga, and an anonymous NFL general manager believes it’s unlike anything the league has ever seen.
Brown skipped out on practice on Sunday amid his losing battle against the NFL over a helmet issue, and Raiders general manager Mike Mayock made it clear the organization is frustrated over the still-unresolved situation.
Antonio Brown not here because he’s upset about helmet. Mike Mayock wants him back with team. He’s all in or he’s all out. #Raiders pic.twitter.com/3eQejXQYfq— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 18, 2019
“Here’s the bottom line: He’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that, we appreciate that,” Mayock said in part. “But at this point, we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all in or all out.”
Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus, meanwhile, indicated in an interview with WSVN-TV on Sunday night that he and the wide receiver have “worked very closely with the Raiders” in an effort to resolve matters.
Rosenhaus, however, indicated the Brown camp and the Raiders don’t necessarily “agree that we’ve exhausted all the options,” adding that it remains “an ongoing process.”
The entire situation, though, remains a confounding one with all the twists and turns over the past week. One general manager believes the drama is unprecedented in the league, as relayed by Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman.
Been asking people around the league if they’ve ever seen anything like the Antonio Brown situation. No one could think of anything similar. “This is uncharted territory,” said one GM.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) August 19, 2019
An update on “Helmetgate,” though, came on Monday morning courtesy of NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, who indicates the parties involved conceivably have a few more options to explore.
Helmetgate https://t.co/53U9il9Vpt— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) August 19, 2019
Brown of course is among the handful of NFL players being forced to change helmet styles in light of the league’s new safety protocols, though Brown is the only one going to war over it. In other words, stay tuned.