Antonio Brown may end up getting no payment at all from the Raiders

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As the Raiders make a decision regarding the future of receiver Antonio Brown, there’s a chance he ultimately will receive not a penny of the new contract he signed with the team in March.

PFT has obtained an analyzed a full copy of the contract. The $1 million signing bonus contained in the deal actually took the form of a pair of guaranteed $500,000 workout bonuses for 2019 and 2020. The 2019 payment nevertheless hinged upon Brown participating in at least 85 percent of the 2019 offseaon program.

Per a league source, NFLPA records reveal that he did not earn the $500,000, which means that he failed to participate in at least 85 percent of the offseason program. Thus, to date, Brown has gotten no payment from the Raiders under the contract.

And he may ultimately get none. Brown’s remaining guarantees of $29.625 million (2019 salary, 2020 workout bonus, 2020 salary) can be wiped out if he’s suspended. Actually, the language of the contract allows the guarantees to be voided even without a suspension; the behavior for which he was fined $53,950 already puts him in default.

Here’s the language from the contract, as to each guaranteed payment: “Notwithstanding this Skill, Injury, and Cap Guarantee, Player shall report to Club, practice with Club, play with Club, and honor all terms of the Contract, including all addenda thereto. If at any time player does not report to Club; does not practice or play with Club; leaves Club without prior written approval (including, but not limited to, retirement); does not honor any terms of the Contract (including any addenda thereto); is suspended by the NFL or Club for conduct detrimental, violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy, violation of agreements between Club and Player . . . then player shall be in default . . . and the Skill, Injury, and Cap guarantee shall be null and void and Player shall only be eligible to earn his remaining stated Paragraph 5 salary on a weekly, non-guaranteed basis.”

Because he left training camp for a day and otherwise missed a walkthrough practice, Brown already is in default. The Raiders could void the guarantees and cut him.

If, of course, they cut Brown, he becomes a free agent. Which means he can sign with anyone. The question would be whether anyone wants him — and whether the Raiders want to pay Brown anything in order to keep him from playing for anyone else.

124 responses to “Antonio Brown may end up getting no payment at all from the Raiders

  1. “If, of course, they cut Brown, he becomes a free agent. Which means he can sign with anyone. The question would be whether anyone wants him”

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    If Brown is cut by the Raiders than I’m predicting that he’ll go to New England. Belichick is the ONLY HC in the league capable of successfully dealing with talented players that are unmanageable everywhere else. In that respect the Pats remind me of the great Raider teams of Madden & Flores that were able to get production out of players that failed everywhere else.

    When the Raiders traded for Brown, I felt the deal was as bad as the trade they made in 2005 for Randy Moss. And just as Belichick salvaged Moss after the Raiders had to get rid of him, I would predict the same thing with Brown.

  2. It’s beginning to appear as though the Raiders may simply cut their losses, and part company with this loose cannon. And really, what organization in their right mind would want to take him in?

  3. They can cut him without paying a penny. Looks like his agent and attorney didn’t do their jobs (in negotiations) either.

  4. We can only hope, his behavior has been beyond insane. How the Steelers dealt with it for so long is truly amazing.
    AB makes every other diva WR both past and present look normal by comparison.

    Good riddance!

  5. I feel sorry for all the Raiders fans that bought his jersey. Fyre 2.0: NFL Edition (Great WR that never happened)
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    I made a policy after purchasing Sapp and Moss jerseys to never buy the jersey of a active player in the free agency era again.

  6. Sometimes you have to make the right business decision, even if it hurts you. If the Raiders want to do the best thing for their club they need to figure out a way to suspend him rather than cut him. Suspend him without pay (if they can) so that they retain his rights and he doesn’t get a dime. Then cut him when the time is right…like week 17. Or better yet trade him to Cleveland to pair him up with OBJ. Nah, that’d be too mean to do to Baker.

  7. lol, what did the Raiders lose trading for him? No wonder they are perennial losers, and it looks like that won’t change anytime soon. Loosing those draft picks are going to negatively impact you for years to come.

  8. This is the equivalent of having the motor seize in your car after the warranty is up. And then getting a letter in the mail that there is a recall to repair or replace that particular engine model.

  9. Buyer beware. His poor conduct in Pittsburgh was fair warning. Raiders renegotiated his contract and gave him more money. Brown was given every chance to succeed. CUT him and Void the Contract! This guy is a Cancer!

  10. You’d have to be nuts or beyond desperate to be the next GM to give Brown a contract even at vet minimum with no guarantees

  11. If ever there was a case for the league to step in and ban a player, this would be it. The Raiders discipline him and suffer the costs of doing so, only to have some other team sign him and reap the benefit of the Raiders teaching this clown the lesson is unfair. He should be kicked out of the league. Period.

  12. I hope all the clauses conditions etc. are enforceable because this guy deserves nothing. I abandoned the NBA and I’ll do the same to the NFL failing some accountability.

  13. This makes me want to read a similar analysis of the Ezekiel Elliott contract. If some kind of comparable language isn’t in there, I’ll be very disappointed in Jones & co.

    Elliott’s been bailed out too many times for him to get more chances going forward.

  14. But he also may end up a free agent able to go to any team he wants… and maybe that’s what he really wanted all along. To go to another afc north team to stick it to the Steelers twice a season!

  15. Back when the Steelers traded AB to the Raiders for a 1st and 3rd, I thought they got way to little. I thought they should have held out a little longer and could have gotten a late 1st round pick or early 2nd rounder as well as a late round pick. Now it looks like the Steelers side of this trade may go down as one of the best trades in NFL History.

  16. Wisconsin77 says:
    September 5, 2019 at 5:50 pm
    lol, what did the Raiders lose trading for him? No wonder they are perennial losers, and it looks like that won’t change anytime soon. Loosing those draft picks are going to negatively impact you for years to come.

    Not remotely true. Losing a 3rd and a 5th won’t even affect them this year as they found some good late round and UDFA’s. The only downside of this for the Raiders is losing Brown’s ability on the field. They lose little in terms of draft picks and money.

  17. He does not deserve a dime! I hope they go after him financially and he becomes a man without a team for the remainder of his career. Team cancer!

  18. GET OUT NOW MIKE SAVE YOURSELF FROM YEARS OF MISERY Mayock should send his agent/lawyer into Mark Davis’s office and negotiate a buy out for himself and return to what he knows and does well. When the HC does not come out and back you as a GM you are clearly not on the same page and will only be a paper shuffler for him.

  19. Got to give Mayock credit for 2 things.
    -1 for taking a chance on someone that could have turned out to be a great addition.
    -2 for making sure he had a way out of it.

  20. I sure can’t think of any company or organization that would keep an employee who threatened to punch in the face the president or general manager of the company. Such a threat basically requires the employee to be “fired” in my opinion.

  21. One could only hope he gets cut then signs with the Browns, OBJ vs AB in cage match of who gets the ball the most.

    At least if the Raiders dump him there shouldn’t be a massive dead cap hit that one team is absorbing this year.

  22. Does Drew Rosenhaus still get his agent’s cut of the 30 mil guaranteed since he successfully negotiated the contract? Would AB have to pay that out of any future deal he may sign with another team? If so…this could end up actually costing AB a lot of money!

  23. I actually feel bad for the raiders. They traded for him thinking hey maybe he didn’t click with the Steelers brass. If we embrace him we’ll be ok. But they didn’t know he’d pull all this off.

  24. I don’t see how the Raiders have much of a choice here. First of all, they MUST suspend him. You cannot have a player do that in front of the entire team and not do something about it.

    Second, he has been nothing but a distraction this year. It’s been one thing after another and his childish behavior has escalated to the point where he’s going to tear the team chemistry apart.

    Do they have the wherewithal to suspend him, void his contract, and release him? I guess if this was the straw that broke the camel’s back they have no other choice. At this point he couldn’t have been a bigger distraction. It’s just been one thing after another and his attitude is out of control. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if they void his contract and dump him.

    I couldn’t see the Patriots signing this guy and whoever does is just asking for trouble.

  25. kevin7777777 says:
    September 5, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Back when the Steelers traded AB to the Raiders for a 1st and 3rd, I thought they got way to little.

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    The Raiders gave up a 3rd and a 5th round pick for AB. Which is just about right for the risk vs reward he presented.

  26. There’s a long list of athletes who thought they were bigger than their teams, no longer involved in sports.

  27. HurtsToReadComments says:
    September 5, 2019 at 5:47 pm
    Steelers 2
    Raiders 0

    Thanks for Mason Rudolph and Devin Bush!
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    3rd Rd pick from Oakland= Diontae Johnson WR
    5th Rd pick from Oakland= Zach Gentry TE

    Both are listed at the bottom of the depth chart at their position
    Get to know your team a little better.

  28. Drew Rosenhaus: “Okay, you know the drill, AB. Tomorrow it’s time for the situps on the front lawn. I’ll just keep saying ‘next question’.”

  29. Jazzeppi says:
    September 5, 2019 at 6:09 pm
    I sure can’t think of any company or organization that would keep an employee who threatened to punch in the face the president or general manager of the company. Such a threat basically requires the employee to be “fired” in my opinion.

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    If it was an isolated incident I don’t think any GM of football would care. It is a edge game with guys that play a violent sport. This isn’t isolated however. Can’t compare football to a regular job.

  30. “In that respect the Pats remind me of the great Raider teams of Madden & Flores that were able to get production out of players that failed everywhere else.”

    It was not so much that they had failed elsewhere as they were problems for other teams to deal with. Madden’s Raiders were the bad boys of football. Tatum, Davidson, etc.

  31. Brown’s upset about $54,000 but didn’t try to earn $500,000 he could have had coming had he just worked out with the team in the off-season, which would have been the right thing to do since he was new to the team. Get off on the right foot and get to know his teammates and all that. But not Mr Big Chest, he skips the off-season program, then just about all of pre-season and now possibly the season and his time in Oakland, LA, Winnipeg, Las Vegas….. If Brown is close with anyone they best try to have a word with him but some people just cannot be helped. The Steeler’s treating him with kid gloves for years wasn’t the best thing for Brown. He needs counseling and quickly before he really starts to spiral out of control in life.

  32. Makes you wonder how much juicy Hard Knocks footage wound up on the cutting room floor because the Raiders and Gruden didn’t want to look bad.

  33. The Raiders may have baited AB into misbehaving so they can get out of the contract by suspending him.

  34. kenmasters34 says:
    September 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    On a more serious note, I do think that KC would pick him up, if he is still there in waivers.
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    KC would sign Rae Carruth if he was out of jail and could help the team.

  35. bobmillion says:
    September 5, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    One could only hope he gets cut then signs with the Browns, OBJ vs AB in cage match of who gets the ball the most.

    At least if the Raiders dump him there shouldn’t be a massive dead cap hit that one team is absorbing this year.
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    I’d like to see them settle who gets more passes by who beats up on sideline equipment better. Or they could do full water jug toss down the field during a game. Obviously furthest wins but they could add points for style.

  36. kenmasters34 says:
    September 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    On a more serious note, I do think that KC would pick him up, if he is still there in waivers.

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    Don’t see Reid taking on AB after seeing how he handled TO and moved on from him.

    I could see Baltimore, his cousin Marquise is there and they play Pitt twice, which would be appealing for both Balt and AB. Seattle is another one. Pete Carroll and company love physical specimens and have a need at wide receiver. And Houston. Outside of those three teams I would be surprised to see anyone else take on AB.

  37. styro1 says:
    kenmasters34 says:
    On a more serious note, I do think that KC would pick him up, if he is still there in waivers.
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    KC would sign Rae Carruth if he was out of jail and could help the team.

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    Rae Carruth is out of jail.

  38. I would love to see Chucky & Mayock pull the plug. AB is 31 years old. I hope he has to play for the NFL minimum for the Cardinals Air attack blitz fake offense

  39. kenmasters34 says:
    On a more serious note, I do think that KC would pick him up, if he is still there in waivers.
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    Antonio Brown is a vested veteran. If the Raiders can successfully terminate his contract he becomes a free agent, able to sign with anyone he chooses (assuming any team would choose him). There will be no waiver wire in his case.

  40. I just heard that Brown is going to announce that he is holding out until the terms and conditions of his present contract are changed so that when the Raiders cut him he will still get his money.

  41. He still has value, the Raiders will be foolish to just cut him. Let him dangle a week or two and the storyline to quiet down, then trade him for picks or a player. Melvin Gordon straight up? Or at least get back one of your picks. Some team will call.

  42. If he gets cut a super bowl contender will sign him. Brown will now know he has to behave and will save face by saying he has to behave and respect so and so because they are an elite franchise, blah blah blah. I’m guessing the Pats would snatch him up.

  43. If he gets cut, maybe the Redskins will sign him and force him on brother Jay. I know Snyder would love making money from his jersey sales.

  44. 33 0 Rate This
    KeepItReal says:
    September 5, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    HurtsToReadComments says:
    September 5, 2019 at 5:47 pm
    Steelers 2
    Raiders 0

    Thanks for Mason Rudolph and Devin Bush!
    ——————————————
    3rd Rd pick from Oakland= Diontae Johnson WR
    5th Rd pick from Oakland= Zach Gentry TE

    Both are listed at the bottom of the depth chart at their position
    Get to know your team a little better.

    He does. The Steelers used the pick acquired in the Martavis Bryant trade to draft Rudolph last year and the Brown trade helped them move up to draft Bush this year and feel better about what they have away to draft Bush.

  45. This is exactly the behavior of certain players that are losing (not loosing morons) the bread basket fan base. I used to look forward or this time of year. Not so much anymore. ~Dave in San Diego

  46. Even if nothing else happens, he just THREW AWAY $500K by missing days in Camp and failing to participate in at least 85 percent of the offseason program

    That shows he is dumb or already has brain damage. He will be broke a year after he leaves the NFL — which may be next year

  47. I wouldn’t pay him a dime , I would cut bait , but unfortunately the player always wins so watch it be Mayock that leaves

  48. I’m not sure who thought this would ever work out. AB is clearly unhinged. He has always been a selfish, me first player, the kind of player that brags about his individual stats in a losing effort. Rules don’t apply to him, and when you try to crack down on him, well, you see the result. So, you try to work around it as the Steelers did for many years, or you cut him and go on about your business. There are just some guys that are so full of themselves, you can’t work with them.

  49. If Antonio ends up out of football, he would be well equipped to start a new business venture that he could franchise – ‘Mr Big Chest flying furniture delivery service’. He could load up his hot air balloon with sofas, chairs, beds etc.and deliver what you need to any location. (satisfaction guaranteed – not responsible for small children in drop area)

  50. Anybody else remember when football just started and you had no idea what was going on unless your local news covered it? Or you were fancy and had cable and saw SC.

  51. Raiders Fan’s= we sure fleeced the Steelers on that one.
    Steelers Fans= that’s cute. 😂🤣😂🤣

  52. If the Raiders can get away without paying this clown a dime, then they should do everything to make this possible. This guy has telegraphed his immaturity and severe mental illness to the team and the team needs to run, don’t walk to the exit.

  53. I doubt AB goes anywhere if cut. He will still want big money and after this mess I don’t see any team signing him to more than a minimum pay, one year prove it deal.

  54. Not even one regular season game with him and already nothing but drama. What a huge disappointment Raiders fans must have, I feel sorry for you guys.

  55. mr big chest will be broke and incarcerated in ten years. i couldn t imagine what this guy will do when there is no more nfl and money. he s clearly a nutjob

  56. imaduffer says:
    September 5, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    AB is the missing link for a Cowboy Super Bowl.

    nah, just the missing link.

  57. If the Raiders don’t break him off now, they are nuts. Wants and needs. That is big money for a guy who threatens management. He either has to go now, or they will seriously live to regret it. If they cave, they look weak.

  58. Dissapointed my RAIDERS signed this dude, especially after Martavius Bryant. Good riddance if he’s gone, don’t want or need that idiocy. The RAIDERS org will make a great statement if it rids him, and will pay dividends in the future. No one is bigger than the org/team.

  59. I like Antonio Brown he’s a great player and the best at what he does. AB is the problem. CUT HIM he’s not worth it to anybody. If someone picks him up it should be for 1 yr at veteran minimum with no guaranteed money

  60. The guy for real needs some help, could see it coming years ago – all the stuff in the off seasons. Unstable, not right and needs help.

    Current situation for the Raiders is a no brainer….he never plays a down for them.

  61. Sometimes not doing something shows you are wise. Jerry Rice pushed the 49ers to get AB, but the niners did not try for him and Lynch and Shanahan look smart now. Jerry is respected and loved and he is all heart but Lynch is GM because he is smart and does what he thinks is best for the team. Sorry for all my Raiders friends who have to suffer because of this.

  62. I actually hope they cut him and he gets nothing. All they lost in the deal was 2 draft picks. So what? Its not worth the headache for the next two years

  63. araidersfan says:
    September 5, 2019 at 5:46 pm
    “If, of course, they cut Brown, he becomes a free agent. Which means he can sign with anyone. The question would be whether anyone wants him”

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    If Brown is cut by the Raiders than I’m predicting that he’ll go to New England. Belichick is the ONLY HC in the league capable of successfully dealing with talented players that are unmanageable everywhere else. In that respect the Pats remind me of the great Raider teams of Madden & Flores that were able to get production out of players that failed everywhere else.

    When the Raiders traded for Brown, I felt the deal was as bad as the trade they made in 2005 for Randy Moss. And just as Belichick salvaged Moss after the Raiders had to get rid of him, I would predict the same thing with Brown.

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    Wont happen. Belicheck also looks at guys and decides when there is no hope of salvage, he is not 100% but does do a fairly accurate job. Also the success he has had is because they all know he is the fastest cut in football, so they have no wiggle room. But that only works for the guys that can possibly help themselves. Brown can’t. If he went into Foxboro it would look like he was attached to a bungee.

  64. I see the Belichick/Patriots comments around here, but last time I checked they don’t have the cap for him. On the other hand, I don’t see BB in this situation willing to pay much more than the veteran minimum, which obviously is something AB would’t take.

    Meanwhile there are teams out there with lunatic owner/GM-s who may be willing to pay big bucks for this dumpster fire. Washington, Dallas, Miami come to mind as targets.

  65. campcouch says:
    September 5, 2019 at 7:52 pm
    Anybody else remember when football just started and you had no idea what was going on unless your local news covered it? Or you were fancy and had cable and saw SC.
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    Amen to that. I used to watch the season preview show right before opening Sunday to get psyched up. And it was actually about football.2 games on Sunday and MNF was an event. I think for me, that is part of the reason I no longer watch a lot of NFL games and pretty much no baseball. A lot of it is I don’t care for the on field product, but a lot of it is overexposure. I remember when I first got NFL network I was excited. It showed a lot of “classic games” etc. Then they realized they needed talking heads on there 24 hours a day blathering about holdouts, Divas, Frostbite, contracts etc etc.

  66. lgw91s says:
    September 5, 2019 at 5:52 pm
    This is the equivalent of having the motor seize in your car after the warranty is up. And then getting a letter in the mail that there is a recall to repair or replace that particular engine model.
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    What a great analogy. The only question is why it is taking so long for the Raiders to use their Get Out of Jail Free card. Must be checking the legalities to ensure they can really escape at zero cost.

  67. I sometimes cut on Florio’s opinions (Kap and the Buffalo Bills stadium situation are two) but I will say this: Mike knows his legal stuff in the NFL. I am a family, country and team guy – I hope Brown gets cut.

  68. The only surprise to me is if the Raiders actually believed empowering Brown by letting him get his way, ie out of Pittsburgh and giving him a raise on top would actually change his behavior. All it did was reinforce to him that his antics work and he feels more empowered. Doesn’t take rocket science to figure that out. Shame on the Raiders for not seeing this coming. Brown is a moron for sure, but where are the people questioning Mayock for this move?

  69. Favorite line so far was Gruden saying that deep down Antonio Brown is a good guy. Sometimes it’s better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  70. If they cut him would he still owe the Raiders the $54,000.00 in fines? It would be a hoot if the net result of this is AB losing $54K.

  71. dmca12 says:
    September 6, 2019 at 10:49 am
    Favorite line so far was Gruden saying that deep down Antonio Brown is a good guy. Sometimes it’s better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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    Sometimes you have to read such statements with the understanding that the person has to say that and cant simply speak the truth.

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