Drew Rosenhaus: Going to Bills wasn’t up to Antonio Brown to decide

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The trade sending Antonio Brown to the Raiders isn’t official yet, but an agreement is in place for the wideout to land with a new team and sign a new contract when he gets there.

Brown’s desire for a new contract that would make him the league’s highest-paid receiver was seen as the biggest obstacle to a deal with the Bills that was in play late last week. During a Sunday appearance on NFL Network, Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said the Bills “decided it wasn’t a great fit for them” while talking to the Steelers and that the decision not to move forward didn’t come down to his client.

“You know what, I don’t know that there was ever an option for us, quite frankly,” Rosenhaus said. “We never got in that position. It really wasn’t something that was up to us to decide. I don’t think the Steelers and the Bills were able to work something out.”

Rosenhaus said Brown was happy about the “fresh start” he’s getting with the Raiders and cited head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr as reasons why he’s looking forward to the move. The $30 million in guaranteed money probably doesn’t hurt too much either.

32 responses to “Drew Rosenhaus: Going to Bills wasn’t up to Antonio Brown to decide

  1. This is a sad story.. this guy is arguably the best WR in football and I believe was going to buffalo and when he found out it was buffalo had a fit wet his diaper and sad he would not report to the bills if he is traded there.. threaten to retire and quit football .. so the Buffalo Bills seen this and decided not to pursue the trade because Antonio Brown didn’t want to play for them … if you’re the best wide receiver in football you should be able to play with any team if you’re the best it will show .. that’s all I’m saying …

  2. Now that he got what he wanted by throwing a tantrum, his agent is on damage control.

  3. Haha, one of the reasons he’s looking forward to the move is because of Derek Carr?? Are we talking about the same Derek Carr that regularly gets his rear end chewed out by the HC? Couple that with the fact that Gruden is not opposed to calling players out publicly, and this could get real entertaining, real quick.

  4. Good for him! The contracts between owners and player are so out of balanced. An owner does not have to honor that contract and can cut them at anytime. A player is not afforded the same. How many contracts are back end loaded and player are cut because the team does not want to honor the contract.

  5. If i had 1 million dollars i would bet the whole thing on that he did not want to go to Buffalo, drew Rosenhaus, like his client is full of crap.

  6. Richard Lowry says:
    March 11, 2019 at 8:04 am
    Good for him! The contracts between owners and player are so out of balanced. An owner does not have to honor that contract and can cut them at anytime. A player is not afforded the same. How many contracts are back end loaded and player are cut because the team does not want to honor the contract.

    It is called “at will employment” and it has been in US law since the 1800s. As long as the reason isn’t illegal an employer can release you from employee, even if under contract. They lose the services of the player but can assume that they didn’t want them anyway.

    Besides, players do not honor contracts all the time either. They walk away, they renegotiate because someone else is making more money than they are (WAAAHHHH!), or whatever. Plus there is this thing called the CBA collective signed by the league, the union, and every player in the league.

    So you may not like it, but this is not “sticking it to the man”

  7. The truth will come out among NFL GMs. Rosenhaus is trying to do damage control for himself, not his client here. GMs should be wary of working with a guy that advises his clients to creat maximum disruptive drama and ignore contracts shortly ablfter signing them.

  8. Drew Rosenhaus spoke? He’s lying. If D.R. said the sun was going to rise in the east tomorrow, look to the west.

  9. Good for him! The contracts between owners and player are so out of balanced. An owner does not have to honor that contract and can cut them at anytime. A player is not afforded the same. How many contracts are back end loaded and player are cut because the team does not want to honor the contract.

    It is called “at will employment” and it has been in US law since the 1800s. As long as the reason isn’t illegal an employer can release you from employee, even if under contract. They lose the services of the player but can assume that they didn’t want them anyway.

    Besides, players do not honor contracts all the time either. They walk away, they renegotiate because someone else is making more money than they are (WAAAHHHH!), or whatever. Plus there is this thing called the CBA collective signed by the league, the union, and every player in the league.

    So you may not like it, but this is not “sticking it to the man”

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    Actually in “at will employment” EITHER party can walk away at any time without consequences, not just management.

    In the NFL only the team can walk away not the player.

    So yes it IS “Sticking it to the man” for Brown to “cut” the Steelers and sign with the Raiders mid-contract.

  10. Yes Yes Yes thank you so much for getting this trade done Drew. Whew! Wait did you say Buffalo??? Oh hell naw! Drew “Ok let me fix this. Give me a couple days I’ll get you chillin in Cali.”

  11. I just hope Carr gets hurt (but not seriously) and Brown has ex-Bills EJ Manual and Pickerman throwing to him!!! That will be one big LOL!!!

  12. Hate on haters. Raiders replaced Cooper with AB. Coop is potential, AB is a known commodity. Advantage Gruden, Mayock and Raider Nation.

  13. A 5 year contract is really only a 2-3 year contract, with the ability to terminate it or keep paying.
    There is no mechanism to ensure the player plays hard, other than cutting them after 2-3 years.
    How is that good for the sport?
    How is that good for the hard working players?
    There is no sense to a 3+ year contract if the player can cash checks and not try.

    Going forward contracts should be 3 years, with little bonus money, but higher yearly payments.

    This way the team can cut the player after 1 year, and if not the player gets paid a lot. Players and teams can opt out.

  14. IMO good for the Steelers. AB is too expensive now, and good for him too. He’ll need the money cuz he’s done soon. I suspect Raiders draft/sign another QB, and trade Carr next year.

  15. Nobody wants to go to Buffalo, the odd player goes because they have to but nobody wants to go.

    3 of them immediately come to mind; Antonio Brown, Frank Clark and Anquan Boldin.

    Wide right, you lose gain.

  16. iowanderingwonderer says:
    March 11, 2019 at 9:27 am
    Good for him! The contracts between owners and player are so out of balanced. An owner does not have to honor that contract and can cut them at anytime. A player is not afforded the same. How many contracts are back end loaded and player are cut because the team does not want to honor the contract.

    It is called “at will employment” and it has been in US law since the 1800s. As long as the reason isn’t illegal an employer can release you from employee, even if under contract. They lose the services of the player but can assume that they didn’t want them anyway.

    Besides, players do not honor contracts all the time either. They walk away, they renegotiate because someone else is making more money than they are (WAAAHHHH!), or whatever. Plus there is this thing called the CBA collective signed by the league, the union, and every player in the league.

    So you may not like it, but this is not “sticking it to the man”

    =======================================================================================================

    Actually in “at will employment” EITHER party can walk away at any time without consequences, not just management.

    In the NFL only the team can walk away not the player.

    So yes it IS “Sticking it to the man” for Brown to “cut” the Steelers and sign with the Raiders mid-contract.

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    Wow. He’s “sticking it to the man.” The man paid him $20 million cash up front in addition to a multi-million-dollar annual salary, but he broke his word and stuck it to the man. Woo-hoo … let’s all celebrate the revenge of the poor little guy. 🙄

  17. The Steelers & Bills were in agreement on terms. That’s why they let Rosenhaus talk to the Bills. When Drew told the Bills how much money Brown wanted the Bills said “No, thank you.”
    If the Bills were willing to pay Brown he would be in Buffalo right now.

  18. mackcarrington says:
    March 11, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    The Steelers & Bills were in agreement on terms. That’s why they let Rosenhaus talk to the Bills. When Drew told the Bills how much money Brown wanted the Bills said “No, thank you.”

    If the Bills were willing to pay Brown he would be in Buffalo right now.
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    ^^^ What Drew was trying to say.

  19. To all you Bills haters say anything you want about Buffalo. But the one thing you can’t deny Not only do they have The most loyal fans in the country but the best It could be 30 below out. And they’ll sellout every time. Just ask anyone that ever played for Buffalo Bill‘s they’ll tell you like Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Steve Tasker, I could go on & on oh by the way they all live there now!

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