A suspension of Antonio Brown would wipe out $29.125 million in guarantees

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If the Raiders follow through on their reported plan to suspend receiver Antonio Brown, it could end up being extremely expensive for Brown — and it could give the Raiders significant flexibility during and after the coming season.

Brown’s new contract with the Raiders carries with it $30.125 million in fully-guaranteed money at signing. He already has earned a $1 million signing bonus. The other $29.125 million comes in the form of 2019 salary ($14.625 million) and 2020 salary ($14.5 million).

Assuming that a suspension would void the guarantees, the Raiders would be able to cut Brown at any point and owe him nothing further. They could even do it now, turning the Brown experiment into a $1 million mistake — along with the third-round and fifth-round pick they surrendered to the Steelers acquire him.

If they suspend him without pay for Week One, they also could do it at any time during the 2019 season and avoid owing him anything further under the Termination Pay provision of the labor deal, since a player with four or more years of service can collect the remainder of his salary upon being released only if he’s on the Week One active roster.

When Brown threatened to retire if he didn’t get to wear his helmet of choice, no one believed he’d walk away from $30 million over it. Now, the question is whether he can do enough groveling to G.M. Mike Mayock or coach Jon Gruden to save his guaranteed money and his roster spot.

The immediate challenge for his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, will be to get Brown to understand the gravity of the situation, and to say and do whatever needs to be done to fix it.

106 responses to “A suspension of Antonio Brown would wipe out $29.125 million in guarantees

  1. If the Raiders don’t do this, they’re cowards.

    The league should pressure them to do so, just to get some semblance of normality back to to Employer/Employee dynamic in sports.

  2. Suspend Mr. ” Big Chest ” and save the 30 MIL , Mayock ! What a CLASSIC ending to this whole travesty !!! ROTFLMAO !!!

  3. Even though he is on my fantasy team, I wouldn’t mind seeing this suspension go through. Brown thinks he can do whatever he wants with no repercussions.

  4. I wonder if at this point they aren’t better off just cutting bait and accepting the humiliation of giving up 2 draft picks for absolutely nothing. Might be best for everyone involved, except AB’s agent.

  5. Why did they trade for him again? Why are teams so arrogant and dumb at the same time? This is a Mark Davis move for Vegas.

    No way, Mike Mayock, friendly with BB had this in his head. No way.

  6. I never quite understand how all the salaries in the NFL work, the story says, “Brown’s new contract with the Raiders carries with it $30.125 million in fully-guaranteed money at signing.” Yet, if he’s suspended and cut he’ll only get $1 million, so it’s not fully guaranteed then, correct?

  7. Save $30 million and roll into Vegas with a high-first-round rookie WR… doesn’t sound like the worst plan.

  8. And they said the Steelers got fleeced?!!…. bwahahahahaha!!!!!..
    Brown can’t help himself..it’s only about him. He’s making himself look like a fool. So the Steelers got a third for a receiver not in the league right now (Bryant), and third and fifth for Brown. Raiders might not want to trade with Pittsburgh any more…

  9. Brown’s morphed into such a clown over the last few years, but in fairness he was just trying to join the perpetual clown show that is the Raiders.

  10. Rosenhaus never says and does the tough but right thing to help his clients. TO, Ochocinco, and now probably Brown. The list goes on of players who should have had much longer careers but he enabled them to cut it short.

  11. I hope AB gets suspended so I can watch JJ Nelson go for 80 yards and see Carr throw for 150 yards every Sunday!!!

    The raiders might suck, but at least I will feel good about my negative feelings towards AB!!!

    #selfcare

  12. The immediate challenge for his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, will be to get Brown to understand the gravity of the situation, and to say and do whatever needs to be done to fix it.

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    I don’t think there is any fixing this after what happened yesterday, Florio.

  13. RobfromAmarillo says:
    Get the Hard Knocks crew back there!
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    Why? A bowl of Cap’n Crunch is less sugar-coated than that show.

  14. No reason not to suspend him then. He’s already been a headache for the team and its only going to get worse, so might as well eliminate the financial blow for yourself when you inevitably have to walk away.

    He blew up years of success in Pittsburgh and basically quit on the team over not being the voted team MVP once. He’s already done something similar here, since it was my understanding that he was fined by Mayock for leaving camp without approval over his helmet issue.

    He thinks he is above any rules and will do whatever he wants so you can’t count on him to be part of any team, because he only cares about himself

  15. Sadly, there are profound mental health issues lurking here: Gruden was clearly not of sound mind trading for a guy who referred to himself as Mr. Big Chest as he quit on his team during their playoff run.

  16. So think about this for a second – a chameleon does not change colors overnight. People give Tomlin a lot of flak, but he probably did one heck of a job managing Abs childish behavior and keeping the distractions to a minimum, or at least, not allowing it to get too out-of-hand. We’ve been barraged with more stories about AB acting like a douche since he left the Steelers than the entire time he was with them. I am certainly no fan of Trippy, but maybe he deserves some credit.

  17. Raiders need to take one for the league. AB has been nothing but extremely embarrassing for the league and fans.

  18. Gee, that’s funny. Just last week we were all being told how absolutely brilliant AB was because his helmet tantrum got him a huge endorsement deal with Xenith Helmets.

    Guess I’ll hold off on investing in Xenith stock until AB actually catches a pass this season.

  19. Still wondering if they hug it out. My bet: out for one game, penalties wiped away (Brown has mouths to feed!), no contract guarantees taken away, AB placed on double secret probation with a promise not to do it again, and finally, an apology to Raider nation.

  20. This poor man has serious mental health issues and is dying a progressive, obvious and embarrassing social death. Soon to be joining Colin Kapernick as players that couldn’t keep their personal lives separate from their work. It’s an old story that just keeps happening.

  21. I’m curious what the NFLPA’s take on this is. Their client has threatened violence against a GM.
    How can the NFLPA, or the media, dare to continue to defend AB?

  22. So if Brown is suspended and then cut, saving the Raiders $30+ million, then no other team decides to take on the head ache that is Antonio Brown . . . would that finally put the Colin Kaepernick stories to rest? The argument that is consistently made (but is wrong) regarding Kaepernick is that his talent should have him on a roster and the NFL teams have supposedly colluded to keep him off any rosters (again his talent doesn’t dictate a roster spot but let’s assume it did). If another player who is clearly a top talent in his position persisted to a point of being such a huge distraction to a team concept that all 32 NFL team management bodies concluded that they are better off without him despite the talent . . . well then the same conclusion can be applied to the misguided arguments about Kaepernick and we dont ever need to see another story about him when a QB goes down!

  23. It would appear that a game one suspension gives Mayock the leverage he’ll need to keep Brown in line for the rest of the season. Absent that, AB is guaranteed the full 2019 salary regardless of behavior or playing time. So this is very interesting. He almost has to do it for respect.

  24. dryzzt23 says:
    September 5, 2019 at 1:37 pm
    I’m curious what the NFLPA’s take on this is. Their client has threatened violence against a GM.
    How can the NFLPA, or the media, dare to continue to defend AB?

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    Oakland plays in the AFC. They could play NE in the postseason, if unlikely. Goodell will do nothing.

    If this was an NFC team, they would suspend.

  25. Anyone that has been paying attention to Brown over the last couple of years should understand he is very clearly mentally unstable if not mentally ill. I have no doubt his talent will take precedence, but this guy is headed into an abyss and shame on those around him and those that need his talent not ringing the alarm bell. He is fully into the not ” what now” mode, but the ” what next mode.” This is way beyond diva..

  26. cjam219 says:
    September 5, 2019 at 1:34 pm
    His best fit would be to play for the Patriots
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    He wouldn’t make it through two weeks of training camp under Belichick, Bill wouldn’t put up with his BS!

  27. Raiders will cut him and he’ll sign with Cleveland for vet minimum. Baker Obj and AB together would be awesome entertainment on and off the field.

  28. thedenveragent says:
    September 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm
    I never quite understand how all the salaries in the NFL work, the story says, “Brown’s new contract with the Raiders carries with it $30.125 million in fully-guaranteed money at signing.” Yet, if he’s suspended and cut he’ll only get $1 million, so it’s not fully guaranteed then, correct?
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    Well it’s not an upfront bonus, and as I understand it’s guaranteed based on what the player can control. If he ends up sucking, getting hurt, or just gets cut then he will still get his money. But in cases like this where he’s being an idiot, he doesn’t deserve any of that.

    I’m sure the Raiders were at least smart enough knowing AB, to include some kind of stipulation of his guarantee, to prevent him from getting too out of control, at least they have an exit if they can validly suspend him.

  29. So the Raiders can cut bait on Brown now and owe him nothing more? Why wouldn’t they do that after his clown-like antics so far (helmet, frozen feet, drama, drama, drama). Raiders would be flat out stupid not to cut bait now on Brown. Knowing Gruden though, they probably won’t. What a joke of a franchise. Al Davis is rolling over in his grave.

  30. This is what happens when you allow guys like Brown to behave the way he did in Pittsburgh and then sign him to $30 mil in guarantees. Cut him and move on.

  31. If the Raiders cut him, is there any chance another team even takes a shot at signing him?

    I’m not even asking about money, would any team even consider signing him?

    PFT needs to reach out to some of their “sources” in the NFL and ask flat out if any teams would even consider talking to his agent if he is cut, let alone actually meet with him or offer a contract. I can’t think of any team that would seriously consider bringing him in for a visit.

  32. Truthfully, all things considered over the past year or so with him – I think AB has some serious mental issues going on………

  33. thedenveragent says:
    September 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm
    I never quite understand how all the salaries in the NFL work, the story says, “Brown’s new contract with the Raiders carries with it $30.125 million in fully-guaranteed money at signing.” Yet, if he’s suspended and cut he’ll only get $1 million, so it’s not fully guaranteed then, correct?

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    The article kind of covers this…since it comes in the form of guaranteed salary, the “fully guaranteed” part for 2019 only happens if he is on the roster week 1 of 2019 (and similar for 2020). The $1m was a signing bonus which is fully guaranteed, barring specific language in his contract related to conduct. Essentially the fully guaranteed part are date related.

    They should suspend him for week 1 so he’s not on the active roster, this protects the Raiders if he’s too much of a diva/headache. This being said, I don’t root for the Raiders…don’t suspend him and have no choice but to take the cap hit please. That just helps my team 🙂

  34. Since he made a threat against someone, can’t he be arrested by the police ? Once he’s arrested then he becomes eligible for suspension by the league under the Personal Conduct Policy. Just get rid of the jerk. Antonio Brown = Classless punk.

  35. Drew on the line I got u Gronks replacement for 10 cents on the dollar for the season and we will see where it goes BB Ok send him in and we will see where we are at in Febuary

  36. “Belichick on Line 1; 7th rounder and a gallon of Chowder in hand.”

    Belichick coaching Brown — that right there would is the match we all want to see.

  37. The biggest problem with cutting him is within 10 minutes at least half the league would be offering him a job. They knew what they were getting when they signed him.

  38. The immediate challenge for his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, will be to get Brown to understand the gravity of the situation, and to say and do whatever needs to be done to fix it.

    Getting him to understand anything is impossible. This guy’s sense of entitlement is so far out there I doubt he can understand the gravity of any situation.

  39. tylawspick6 says:
    September 5, 2019 at 1:19 pm
    Why did they trade for him again? Why are teams so arrogant and dumb at the same time? This is a Mark Davis move for Vegas.

    No way, Mike Mayock, friendly with BB had this in his head. No way.
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    This is why NFL fans hate you (pats fans). You can’t even read a post about another team without injecting some bogus remark about the patriots. This literally has nothing to do with the pats, nothing and yet here you are attempting to make it about them somehow. You must be jealous all these posts are about AB & not the patriots. Nothing else makes sense.

  40. Patriots on line 1? Really? You think this is the type of crap the patriots want around? Even if they could get AB for pennies on the dollar? I don’t think so, not in a million years. Just like I said earlier, another idiot patriot fan jealous the stories on this site aren’t all about the pats. I’d love for them to go after AB, let him rip that locker room apart but as much as I hate them, unfortunately, they’re not as dumb as you are.

  41. All of the warning signs were there. he was clowning in Pittsburgh when you backed up the Brinks truck. Did you think that money would make him a “better” person? Mo’ money only amplifies whatever a person already is. In this case, a Diva Clown show.

  42. suncawy says:
    September 5, 2019 at 3:14 pm
    Since he made a threat against someone, can’t he be arrested by the police ?

    hah!! made a threat.
    sincerely, ray lewis.

  43. From article:

    “They could even do it now, turning the Brown experiment into a $1 million mistake — along with the third-round and fifth-round pick they surrendered to the Steelers acquire him.”

    That sounds too easy. They will get rid of him if its that easy.

  44. Bill “eight rings” Belichick weighs in:

    “On a team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.”

    “There is an old saying about the strength of the wolf is the pack, and I think there is a lot of truth to that. On a football team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.”

    “Mental toughness is going out there and doing what’s best for the team – even though everything isn’t going exactly the way you want it to.”

    “Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling.”

    “For a team to accomplish their goal, everybody’s got to give up a little bit of their individuality.”

    “To live in the past is to die in the present.”

    “You get the job done or you don’t.”

    “Do your job.”

  45. $30m buys a lot in Free Agents. We dont need this diva prick and dont wasnt him anymore. fu$k off, you are not a Raider and you never will be unless you get on your knees and beg.

  46. Anyone now doubt AB suffered brain damage wearing his preferred helmet? This guy needs to get treatment before he takes someone’s life (or his own).

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