Chiefs’ Jeff Allen praises Antonio Brown for disrupting the system

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In a league where stars rarely win contract disputes and rarely choose their teams, Antonio Brown did both. Other players are noticing.

Shortly after Brown got his wish of a trade out of Pittsburgh and a new contract, Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen said in a series of tweets that Brown helped show that players can occasionally win a game that is usually won by the owners.

“AB just disrupted a system that’s designed for us to contractually lose in. If you hate it then hate what the other side does everyday,” Allen wrote.

Allen believes that Brown was wise to make waves publicly and force the Steelers’ hand.

“He had to publicly do this to even have a chance of being moved. If he would have quietly tried this which a lot guys do he’d still be in Pittsburgh. Owners can move in silence because they have the power,” Allen wrote.

In Allen’s view, if owners don’t want players to try to force their way out of situations like Brown just did, then owners should guarantee all contracts.

“It’s football you get hurt. It’s a 100% injury rate. I’m fair and honest, you can care about winning along with your check. Guys wouldn’t care about money if contracts were fully guaranteed. AB was already paid he just wasn’t happy in Pittsburgh it’s simple,” Allen wrote. “What does a contract mean when you can get cut after getting hurt while laying your body on the line for your team or cut just because they feel like you aren’t worth what the contract says.”

Allen said he personally wouldn’t do the same thing Brown did, but he knows he doesn’t have the leverage that a four-time first-team All-Pro like Brown has.

“I can’t do what he did, you have to be honest with yourself,” Allen wrote.

At a time when Brown has lost a lot of fans in Pittsburgh, he has surely gained a lot of fans among his fellow players, who are glad to see a player come out ahead in a dispute with his team.

68 responses to “Chiefs’ Jeff Allen praises Antonio Brown for disrupting the system

  1. Or is Pitts management that incompetent?? They’ve managed to handle everything wrong with the Big 3, but its cool Ben can do who and what he wants without consequence.

  2. Dak Prescott should announce he is holding out until he is paid like the top QB he is. Only, he should wait until after the draft and put the Cowboys in a tough spot. If he has to sit out the whole year, so be it. In fact, imagine what Prescott, Elliot, and Cooper holding out together could do for not only them, but all of the players.

  3. The system isn’t perfect but how is it fair for a team, with a salary cap, have to use up 20 mil of it to pay a player that won’t play, like the Redskins and Alex Smith? Plus, what’s to stop AB from just quitting on this team too? Why not, its all guaranteed.

  4. As I said from the jump the Steelers won’t get what they want but AB will!

    There’s no way in hell that ALL 31 other teams would pass on a top 3 WR, NO WAY!!!

    There’s just too many desperate teams out there for that to happen.

  5. Players wouldn’t be so concerned about the money if they could dog it and play like crap and still get paid. I mean if the contracts were guaranteed.

  6. It’s called CBA. Don’t like it? Negotiate for something better. Ultimately players have the greatest leverage, but only if they knew how to save money. They could outlast strikes to make owners cave.

  7. AB was NOT being screwed over on a contract tho. He simply ran out of money, didn’t understand the contract he signed vis a vie guaranteed money and realized there’s likely a labor stoppage coming and he’s broke.

    Most FO’s aren’t going to roll over like Pitt. They were in a bad spot due to screwing up Bell, letting Ben run the show and weak coaching/discipline by Tomlin.

    This only moves the needle for players to a negative way, especially prior to CBA negotiations and we already know NFLPA’s representation has no clue how to negotiate. They’ll lose there again…

  8. AB and Gruden are perfect for each other… two massive egos. NEVER about football, only about the money.

  9. They also wouldn’t care about playing well either….

    Amazing that you have to show up and perform well at your job in order to stay employed like the other 99.999% of us

  10. The destruction of order in the NFL personified in Bell and Brown and a hard cap that makes no concessions to teams enduring hold outs, will lead to utter disarray. No end in sight. May be the straw that breaks the NFL back. There are other sports to follow without such despicable greed and entitlement.

  11. Typical narrow minded thinking. How long before owners realize their exposure to this type of player and adjust their offers to protect them?

  12. He is disruptive alright. The trend towards guaranteed money may actually hurt the value of the league and players, and certainly be a major talking point of the upcoming CBA. Cap system and guaranteed money do not play as well together, I prefer to see a heavy incentive based approach myself to keep players motivated.

  13. The Steelers gave him a contract with a 19 million signing bonus. Now they are are on the hook for 21 million cap space this year, and no player to show for it. Anyone that thinks other players are not going to try the same thing, have their heads in the sand. The owners will not stand for it, and the players will pay the price at the next CBA.

  14. Well David, the owners who have no problem with losing will be happy to employ non-Hall of Famers. Teams like the Jets come to mind

  15. The players overvalue themselves when they think THEY are what drives the league. No. All those nerds in suits who run the league and work out the TV contracts, the merchandising, the licensing, the stadium financing, the tax deals, the marketing, etc etc all that boring stuff that grew the league exponentially over the last 20 years and allows those exorbitant salaries because the pie has grown so big. All the players have to do is just show up and play -if they think theyre so valuable, then they can go start their own separate league and find out how much money you can make just from.running really fast and jumping very high. They would quickly find out that those arent very marketable skills.

  16. And so it begins …

    In 2017, the Steelers signed Brown to a $73 million five-year contract that made him what was then the highest-paid WR in NFL history, and included substantial cash up front. But OBJ got a better contract, and Brown wanted more cash, so his signature on a contract meant nothing. Now he’s given other players a blueprint for how to screw their teams, and clearly they’re listening. The next CBA negotiations should be interesting.

  17. But Mr Big Head said it wasn’t about money. He said it was only about winning.

    Right. That’s why he’s happy to go to a franchise that’s had one winning season, one playoff appearance, and zero wins since the last time they were in a SB. The Steelers, innthat time, have had only 1 losing season, 10 playoff appearances, and been in 3 SBs.

    Yeah. It’s allllllll about the winning. Pfffffttttt!

  18. I’m always shocked every time I hear players criticize the system, but then turn around and pay union dues to their representatives who negotiated that system for them. Antonio Brown is a rare player. There aren’t many like him. There also aren’t many coaches like Jon Gruden. The great players want to play for him because they share his passion for football. I don’t think the system is changing, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple more pro bowl caliber players want to play for Gruden. The players love Gruden.

  19. jimmyjohns01 says:
    March 10, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    It’s called CBA. Don’t like it? Negotiate for something better.

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    Something a whole lot better, that’s exactly what the NFLPA is going for so look for a long work stoppage in 2021! And if the owners cave they’ll be killing their Golden Goose, so I don’t see a deal being struck very quickly. It’ll all come down to who fliches first!

    I said in 1993 when the NFL agreed to FA that it would eventually kill the NFL because the players would demand way too much. Players and owners will have to agree on too much at a time when they’re just growing farther and farther apart!

  20. And for every player that’s willing to sit out for weeks or months there’s over a 100 players that’ll do almost anything to get into the NFL so that negates a lot of the players/NFLPA bargaining power!

  21. The players overvalue themselves when they think THEY are what drives the league.
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    They are what drives the league or else you would be spending all of your time watching the AAF.

  22. Simple. You want guaranteed contracts, expect smaller contracts.
    It’s really that easy.
    Just restructure them so the bonus money IS the contract and you earn every dollar of it along the length of the contract.

    Teams have to have some protection against injury with the ability to still field a competitive team.
    The players have already bargained for a significant percentage of overall profits and safeguards have been added to make sure teams use a majority of cap space.

    If players truly don’t understand this and want to point their fingers and blame someone for their unreal expectations about their contracts, they should do it to their own agents.
    They are the ones who negotiate ridiculous numbers on the back ends of these deals, in an ego driven desire to claim they’ve got the most lucrative deal for their clients.
    When everybody else realizes how that system works except a couple of clueless players, obviously.

  23. While that’s perhaps true there’s a better way to go about it than insisting that with your new team it’ll be “your way or the highway.”

    It’ll be interesting to see whether he has the support of his fellow players if he constantly throws tantrums in Oakland, Vegas, or wherever they’ll be playing because they’re not running the offense his way.

  24. The teams cut players that they have under contract with no compensation. Certain players sit out under contract because they want a new deal. The truth is that NFL contracts aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. I don’t come down on a player when they refuse to play under a bad deal just like I don’t come down on a General Manager that cuts a player that doesn’t perform anymore. Until players start to bite the bullet and take shorter contracts that are fully guaranteed nothing is going to change. If players start holding out for guaranteed contracts that are shorter then teams will start to compete with each other by offering longer and longer guaranteed contracts. It’s a process, a cycle that requires the players to sacrifice a little right now for the hope of a brighter, guaranteed future.

  25. Yes. Let them destroy the system that’s made them all millionaires. It’s like getting mad and buring down your own neighborhood.

  26. I hope the next work stoppage or strike lasts a few years. Would love to see replacement players or grateful players for the laundry I root for.

  27. Victim mentality (instead of finding constructive solutions). Take the Cam Chancellor situation, the Antonio Brown situation, the concept of guaranteed contracts, and the salary cap language, and try to figure out a negotiable solution for the approaching CBA negotiations.

  28. JPOH33 says:
    March 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Yes. Let them destroy the system that’s made them all millionaires. It’s like getting mad and buring down your own neighborhood.

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    History has shown that people will destroy their own neighborhoods for NOTHING, so why wouldn’t the players when there is literally billions of $$$$$$$$ on the line? I predict this CBA will get very ugly and we could go a season(or more) with no games for the first time ever! There’s one thing that way too many of these top tier player have in common; they don’t realize that no matter how good/great they are they can and will eventually be replaced! Is the player that replaced them as good as they were? Most of the time NO but that doesn’t change the fact THEY WERE REPLACED! Did the NFL get any worse when Rice retired? NO! Did we(the fans) quit watching when Peyton or any great player left the game? NO! The players aren’t bigger than the game although a lot of them think they are!

  29. It’s a shame the Raiders who have no moral compass took this asswipe. He had a contract, he didnt show for the last game of the season that they needed to win. This wasnt over a contract this was a temper tantrum. Hopefully the raiders will pay for this decision the first time he isnt happy. KC paid Houston and Berry for multiple seasons while they gave nothing back, the owners are unfair? Everytime these guys sign big contracts they stop playing. Amazing Dee Ford in contract year and suddenly he can play

  30. They can stop working at the next CBA to get more for sure. But things are relative. AB is one of the best relative to the rest. Fire all the players and bring in all new players and some WR will be the best relative to the rest. And all these new WRs will be going against all new corners. There will be new shutdown corners relative to the new top flight WRs. Same with every position. It’s all relative.

  31. Its amazing to see how many readers of this site are anti player and pro organizations worth billions and owners who couldn’t spend what they have in several lifetimes.

    Absolutely mindboggling. I have my suspicions why. Trump plays to this crowd beautifully…

  32. “It’s the “system” that allows most fan bases to have hope at the start of a new season. Unlike baseball…”

    You’re funny. Got any more?

  33. Scottie Pimpin says:
    March 10, 2019 at 6:47 pm
    Its amazing to see how many readers of this site are anti player and pro organizations worth billions and owners who couldn’t spend what they have in several lifetimes.

    Absolutely mindboggling. I have my suspicions why. Trump plays to this crowd beautifully…
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    Why should anyone feel sorry for the players? The lowest paid guy in the NFL makes more on his rookie deal than many people make in a lifetime. I’ll save my feeling bad for the working stiff, that busts their rear end for peanuts relative to what these guys make.

    No one is making these guys play. The old “we give up our lives for the game” doesn’t hold water. The NFL is entertainment, not a necessity. If it disappears tomorrow the world will keep turning. So, if they don’t like the conditions, you know, making millions of dollars, they can always fall back on the free ride education that most, if not all, were given in college, and get a real job.

  34. It’s the same bunch of horsesh!t being used in the NBA (which I stopped watching 7 years ago)……

    Keep p!ssing off the fanbase – it’s a wonderful formula for them to get paid…

    Except that regular folks like me will refuse to pay for and follow spoiled-a$$ athletes and the “sport” will die…..As if it isn’t already with the lawsuits for CTE weren’t already doing that.

    I’m about done…..

  35. Scottie Pimpin says:
    March 10, 2019 at 6:47 pm
    Its amazing to see how many readers of this site are anti player and pro organizations worth billions and owners who couldn’t spend what they have in several lifetimes.

    Absolutely mindboggling. I have my suspicions why. Trump plays to this crowd beautifully…
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    You mean the average working class joe who lives check to check has a hard time identifying with entitled prima donnas who can’t manage their money and whine on social media when they don’t get there way?Yeah….mind boggling.

  36. Scottie Pimpin says:
    March 10, 2019 at 6:47 pm
    Its amazing to see how many readers of this site are anti player and pro organizations worth billions and owners who couldn’t spend what they have in several lifetimes.

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    I can’t believe people still don’t understand that regardless of how much money an owner has that the Team can only spend a limited about across all its players. And that the amount is the same for each team.

  37. It’s a pretty cowardly way to do it, IMO. Don’t think contracts are fair? Then players shouldn’t sign them.

    Greedy types like Brown want to have their cake and eat it too, but what they’re really doing is eating the cakes of all the guys who don’t have the leverage the divas do. The Browns of the league don’t care about inherent unfairness, they just want more money themselves.

    If you think a system is unfair, don’t buy into it. Taking more than any of your teammates and then deciding you deserve even more than you agreed to, and leaving the team in the lurch in the process, is the most selfish possible way to “disrupt the system”.

  38. Jeff Allen can praise Antonio Brown for “disrupting the system” but what they don’t realize is now the owners are going to be even more stifling with the rules going forward expect a walkout/lockout in the near future AB didn’t do any current/future players any favors by acting like a 🐃 but since he’s a MeFirst player it won’t matter to him

  39. Scottie Pimpin says:

    Its amazing to see how many readers of this site are anti player and pro organizations worth billions and owners who couldn’t spend what they have in several lifetimes.

    Absolutely mindboggling. I have my suspicions why. Trump plays to this crowd beautifully…
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    I’ve always been doggedly pro-player and pro-NFLPA. The NFL is a true free-market economy where players are paid a percentage of the revenues they generate. They deserve that money, both for their current contribution to the game and for all the past players who were used and abused then tossed aside with no retirement plans and no health coverage for their debilitating injuries. Yes, I agree that most fans are anti-player and share your suspicions. But my distaste for this situation has nothing to do with any of that.

    In 2017 Antonio Brown signed a contract making him the highest-paid WR in league history, a contract that included almost $20 million in guaranteed money. He chose to go back on his word and break that contract for no reason other than rampant greed. I’m not anti-player. I’m anti-jerk.

  40. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    March 10, 2019 at 8:38 pm
    Not interested in contracts from either the players view point or the owners viewpoint…the game is what I’m interested in.. remember when thats all that matters on Sunday?

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    Greed and egomania from players and owners alike is ruining the NFL. It’s all I can do at this point to watch a handful of games per year, and not give any money to the league. And this is from someone who’s been watching the NFL his whole life.

    The tipping point of awfulness in this sport has been reached and passed. I don’t see how it pulls out of this dive now. There’s hardly anyone left to feel good about rooting for.

  41. So what Allen? You get hurt, you’re insured. You have a pension. Why not quit the NFL and be a refrigerator tech? Stop complaining. Nobody cares. You are spoiled. You are blessed

  42. He’ll be out of the league before he sees any winning. Owners talk all the time you
    think they’ll put up with this crap from other players good luck with that .. Oh it’s collusion in case anyone’s forgotten , if I was an owner I certainly wouldn’t pay him ..

  43. Allen, are you really proud of a player who doesn’t care about his team and is 100% about himself and himself only. You want him as your teammate and think he is a role model. Good for you!

  44. When players refuse to fulfill a LEGAL contract by sitting out -then that is NOTHING more than legalized extortion – Brown SIGNED the deal to play for X amount of dollars & entered into a legal BINDING contract.
    So WHAT some other team signed a “lesser” WR to more money than what Brown got from Pittsburg – he AGREED & SIGNED on the dotted line to contract that DID NOT have a clause or language that said : You Antonio Brown has the right to pursue more money than this contract entails because the market value for #1 WR’s went up or another team decided to make someone else the highest payed WR in the NFL – thereby throwing a tantrum & sitting out as opposed to FULFILLING your OBLIGATION to YOUR contract!.
    This sets the in motion another “nail” in the coffin of the demise of the NFL.

  45. Deb says:
    March 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm
    And so it begins …

    In 2017, the Steelers signed Brown to a $73 million five-year contract that made him what was then the highest-paid WR in NFL history, and included substantial cash up front. But OBJ got a better contract, and Brown wanted more cash, so his signature on a contract meant nothing.

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    NAH I don’t think it was because of OBJ’s contract, more like it was an undeserving Watkins contrach that paid a 63th ranked receiver top 3 money, people don’t realize what that does to a top 10 receivers thinking!

    They start thinking “if he’s just a top 65 receiver and he got $16mil/yr then I’m worth ___mil/yr so I want/deserve a new deal”!

    Teams giving lesser these receivers huge deals just screws the whole NFL pay structure up and causes the top tier receivers to want even more!

  46. Don’t blame Brown(a top 5 WR in the NFL for the last 5+yrs) for wanting more money than a 63rd ranked WR!

  47. Scottie Pimpin says:
    March 10, 2019 at 6:47 pm
    Its amazing to see how many readers of this site are anti player and pro organizations worth billions and owners who couldn’t spend what they have in several lifetimes.

    Absolutely mindboggling. I have my suspicions why. Trump plays to this crowd beautifully…
    ==============================

    Why should anyone feel sorry for the players? The lowest paid guy in the NFL makes more on his rookie deal than many people make in a lifetime. I’ll save my feeling bad for the working stiff, that busts their rear end for peanuts relative to what these guys make.
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    Why should anyone feel sorry for the owners?

  48. Why should anyone feel sorry for the owners?

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    Exactly. The owners have their entire lifetime to make money off this game…a player has his useful and health window.

    So he played hardball with the renegotiation of a contract he was in..and WON! won big…got exactly what he was seeking….sounds like capitalism to me. If you dont like his off-field antics so be it…but its absolutely no surprise from this PFT crowd that they abhor this man for what he did for his own economic advantage…how sway….AB realized his worth while Pitt did not. Kudos to him!

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