Report: ‘Absolutely no chance’ Patriots bring back Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown surfaced on social media Wednesday and argued that the New England Patriots might as well bring him back since he believes the team will ultimately have to pay him his 2019 salary. Despite Brown stating his case, as it were, the Patriots reportedly have no plans whatsoever to bring back the mercurial wide receiver.
The news of the Patriots’ disinterest in a reunion with Brown comes courtesy of Jeff Howe of The Athletic.
“Based on everything I heard the day the Patriots released Antonio Brown, there’s absolutely no chance of a reunion,” Howe wrote on Twitter. “It would require an organizational heel turn unlike one I’ve ever seen before.”
In an Instagram Live video shared by Brown Wednesday morning, the out-of-work wideout laid it all out on the line when it comes to the financial spot he believes the Patriots are in with him.
Antonio Brown: “[If] you guys follow the Patriots, tell them to call me. They still gotta pay me, so might as well let me earn it.” pic.twitter.com/5NP2sQzyC3— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) October 9, 2019
Brown’s tumultuous tenure with the New England Patriots lasted a mere 11 days after the team signed him to a one-year deal after the Oakland Raiders cut him loose.
The Patriots released Brown on Sept. 20 after evidence surfaced that Brown had sent harassing and threatening texts to a reported victim of sexual misconduct. Those allegations followed a lawsuit previously filed against Brown by a different reported victim accusing him of sexual assault.
Earlier this week, the NFL Players Association officially filed grievances on behalf of Brown against the Patriots and Raiders. Brown is seeking to recoup approximately $40 million in unpaid salary, fines and voided guarantees through the grievance, which is unlikely to be heard until next spring, per an NFL.com report.
Despite the filing of the grievance and the ongoing drama surrounding Brown, legal and otherwise, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, stated last month that his client expects to resume his NFL career at some point, perhaps as soon as this season.