Antonio Brown to Raiders: “Release me”

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As of Friday afternoon, another Antonio Brown eruption was inevitable. And there have been two since then.

Although the Raiders shrugged at his wiretap-violation YouTube video that landed on Friday night, the Raiders will have a hard time tiptoeing around the latest message from Antonio Brown.

Brown ends a Saturday morning Instagram post with this message: “Release me @raiders.”

Brown’s latest move in this game of self-destructive chess apparently was prompted by the Raiders’ decision to, as reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, void the remaining guarantees in Brown’s deal. As noted on Thursday, the Raiders have paid Brown nothing — and they already had the power even before Wednesday’s altercation with G.M. Mike Mayock to declare null and void the $14.625 million guarantee for 2019 and the $14.5 million guarantee for 2020.

There surely will be more developments throughout the morning, and we’ll be tracking them all here. For now, the news is that Brown has publicly asked the team to cut him. The next question is whether the Raiders will give him what he wants.

If Brown agrees that he is owed nothing by the team at this point, maybe they will. Maybe, in the interests of focusing on football season and ending one of the biggest distractions a player ever has created, they should.

92 responses to “Antonio Brown to Raiders: “Release me”

  1. The Raiders need to release him just to remove the cancer and restore order on the team for the future. Mayock is endangered of being rendered powerless, and Gruden painted as a fool.

  2. I would respect the Raiders more if they just kept him, and never let him be part of the 53 on game day

    he can just go watch football and post on social media during the length of his contract. I would laugh my ass off.

    on the other hand – he probably has taken too many hits and will need to have his brain analyzed one day – so its a sad story

  3. I thought after the team backed down that he would at least be able to make it until Carr either overthrew him or tossed a TD pass to one of the other receivers before his next tantrum.

  4. It’s almost like he’s for-real, clinically, nuts.

    Hope this doesn’t turn out to be from head trauma. I can speak from experience that even one severe concussion can lead to permanent personality changes. If this…. mayhem….. is due to the onset of CTE….. aye aye aye….

  5. he needs his mental health examined.. he Drew Rosenhaus isnt the easiest guy to have sympathy for.. but.. ouch.. sorry man, all this crap, and not even gonna get paid..

  6. I never watch hard knocks. Has it concluded? I get a season finale vibe from all of this stuff. Seems a little too Hollywood for me

    If not, its time for someone who cares about this dude to pull him aside and have that mental health talk

  7. If Brown agrees that he is owed nothing by the team at this point, maybe they will. Maybe, in the interests of focusing on football season and ending one of the biggest distractions a player ever has created, they should.

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    Exactly Florio. The Raiders will release AB. AB started following the Texans on his Instagram this week. My money is on him in Houston.

  8. So the Raiders, during this episode that had Brown apologize and be accepted back to the team, never mentioned that they were voiding elements of his contract? That’s almost as crazy as Brown himself. The Raiders and Brown deserve each other.

  9. Please Release Me….Let Me Go….for I don’t love you anymore…..
    & BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!!!!
    Good luck saving this one Rosenhaus!!!!

  10. Here is the poster child of the 100 year celebration of the NFL. well Chucky Brown is crying so will you pick him up and give him the pacifier so he will stop crying.

  11. If Brown is released then would Gruden admit that he made a moronic decision in acquiring Brown in the first place (although not nearly as imbecilic as the Khalil Mack trade)?

    Fat chance of that occurring which is why he has poor Mike Mayock as the fall guy. The only problem is that only the most fanatical Gruden groupies are going to buy the line that the trade was Mayock’s idea rather than Gruden seeing as how Mayock can’t stand Brown anymore than the next sane person.

  12. tinye67 says:
    September 7, 2019 at 9:48 am

    The Raiders need to release him just to remove the cancer and restore order on the team for the future. Mayock is endangered of being rendered powerless, and Gruden painted as a fool.

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    How so on Mayock and Gruden? What they did was pure genius on an NFL level. They fined AB $250,000 which voids out his guaranteed money. They got a public apology from AB. CYA in it’s finest form.

  13. Textbook example of what happens when a Millennial gets to do anything he wants without ever having to face any consequences.

    I can just imagine what AB told his homies right after getting traded:

    “Gotta show these crackers who’s boss right off the bat”.

  14. Why cut him at this point if his guarantees are voided? Either be a Raider or get nothing. Act up and get fined.

  15. Dude is totally unstable, why the club continues to pamper and enable him is laughable,
    the situation has gotten so far out of hand and a single snap has yet to be played, the following weeks will not improve and how the Raiders brass is handling this is clueless…get him out already

  16. RobfromAmarillo says:
    September 7, 2019 at 9:51 am
    So the Raiders, during this episode that had Brown apologize and be accepted back to the team, never mentioned that they were voiding elements of his contract? That’s almost as crazy as Brown himself. The Raiders and Brown deserve each other.

    I probably should have substituted Gruden for Raiders as I doubt that there is unanimity in the Raiders hierarchy.

  17. This is a career killing move. Who is going to bring him into their locker room now. He will be broke in 10 years.

  18. Exactly who does he think with pick him up and pay him like he believes he should be paid? His next deal will be a vet’s minimum “prove it” deal with no guarantees. He might as well stay with the Raiders, shut his mouth, play to his level, and convince the team to reinstate his guarantees THAT way. If he really wants that money, that’s the only way it could happen, and even then it may not.

  19. Man….this clown show of a franchise is the gift that keeps on giving. Where’s the fake Canadian stand on this one? To all the Raiders fans talking of smelling fear this preseason? Nope just the stench of the dumpster fire that is the Raiders

  20. Shortly after the initial trade, Steelers fans took to social media to basically post a collective ‘good riddance’ message and Raider fans mocked us saying we’d take him back in a second.

    Matt Damon is walking towards your window wanting to talk about apples.

  21. He’s likely not playing for any team this season if (when) Raiders release him. The man is a nutcase. But in a twisted/dark world, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if he hooks up with Belichick on a veteran minimum and balls out on the way to the SB ring.

  22. Raiders took a chance on a great player but they covered themselves in case he had another meltdown, that’s pretty smart, and they’re gonna end up not paying him a dime

  23. There is more to the dynamic than releasing him just so he can go sign with someone else. Anfonio is going to want to break the bank again with a guaranteed deal. He has already quit on two teams, why, just why, would any team bring this poison into their building, let along their locker room? Is he talented, yes. But, how much of his talent do you attribute to BR dropping rainbows in his hands, and forcing throws to him. As soon as Brown started getting a upstaged a little by JuJu, the fireworks hit high gear. Dude is toxic.

  24. CUT HIM!! I said this after the helmet/foot saga and I’m gonna scream it again CUT HIM NOW!! There isn’t a team out there including Andy Reid who would sign this guy at this point, and Andy Reid would have signed Ted Bundy if Bundy had any football skills

  25. So, the Steelers were pilloried for all of the drama at the end of last season, as if they were the root of the problem. It appears now that they did a heck of a job keeping AB on the field for so many years.

  26. This is all quite entertaining! AB is completely blowing up his whole career before our eyes. The Raiders will still be around after all this shakes down, AB is toast. He will never play for another team.

  27. I can’t get a grasp on this. Brown is turning his back on millions and millions of dollars. Why? I believe, if the Raiders cut Brown, he’ll never play NFL football again. There’s no team that wants this sideshow or a player that alienates all his teammates.

  28. Imagine that there are people out here struggling, to get contracts and your behavior loses you 30 million guaranteed. Not a good look for you now or the players come CBA time.

  29. The Steelers should have released him from the beginning, he never wanted to be a Raider, I can not blame who wants to be a loser. Raiders should release him and salvage any credibility Mayock has left.

  30. “You can’t make this stuff up” is an overused expression. But seriously- you cannot make this stuff up if you tried.

  31. FIRE GRUDEN NOW!!!! By enabling ABs behavior he: 1) Punked Mayock, the only adult in this situation that was trying to do the right thing by the organization; 2) Sent the message to the entire roster that he was the only authority in the organization, thus punking Davis and making the entire Raider brand out to be clowns!; 3) chose 1 player over the team. For these reason FIRE GRUDEN NOW!!! Mayock should walk if Davis doesn’t fire Gruden.

  32. What Brown really needs is a rubber room so he can’t hurt himself when he bounces off the walls. I mean — those people who are close to him better realize he needs serious help.

  33. I at first thought this was a dumpster fire, but this is a full-on 50 acre Oakland wildfire.

    I want to thank AB and the Raiders for getting Florio and Simms off the bloodhound trail they were on with Ezekiel Elliott and Jerry Jones. If there is one team that Florio can’t get enough of, it is the Cowboys. Now that the Zeke contract was finalized (a deal that paid Zeke very nicely, but also a deal that was much more team-friendly than the haters all thought), Florio and Simms have a new baby in AB that has them salivating like a dog at the butcher.

    The Raiders are the laughing stock of the NFL. Not only are they at dysfunction junction, they are going to have a massively disappointing season with a ton of losses.

    Chucky and Child’s play are currently shooting their 8th movie with AB in the starring role.

  34. He will sign with the Steelers, and their fans will just say he is the greatest…oh right, that already happened! Next time just give him the team MVP and keep your delusions away from the rest of us.

  35. sgmjerry220 says:
    September 7, 2019 at 11:03 am

    FIRE GRUDEN NOW!!!! By enabling ABs behavior he: 1) Punked Mayock, the only adult in this situation that was trying to do the right thing by the organization; 2) Sent the message to the entire roster that he was the only authority in the organization, thus punking Davis and making the entire Raider brand out to be clowns!; 3) chose 1 player over the team. For these reason FIRE GRUDEN NOW!!! Mayock should walk if Davis doesn’t fire Gruden.

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    Mayock should be fired. Mayock should be upfront with Brown which obviously he hasn’t been. Brown continues to find out after the fact things. Why weren’t they explained to him at the time? I’d be angry too if I found out I was fined and my guarantees were void. The media being so invested is weird. Gruden could care less about the recording even though the media made a federal case out of it.

  36. If they cut him loose, they can go back to playing football. None of this BS, including cold feet, new helmet, and missing practice, has anything to do with preparing for upcoming football games or trying to win. They may win fewer games with him if he plays well, but there is no guarantee that he will play well. Big Ben blamed him for an interception, so he can hurt your team if he shows up and plays less than 100% on the field. I saw how TE Vernon Davis was tanking it on the field when he played his last season for the 49ers and how bad it hurt the Niners. Get rid of the cancer. He may get lucky and land on a team that wins the Super Bowl, as Vernon Davis did when he was acquired by Denver, but a team with AB won’t win the SB because of him, but despite of him.

  37. Miami got two #1’s and a #2 for trading Mr. Bongmask and Mr. Kneeler. All of a sudden the Phins look like they know what they are doing going all in on on their rebuild. Now all eyes are on the circus tent pitched in Oakland.
    Imagine that!

  38. Vasteelerfan says:
    September 7, 2019 at 10:30 am
    He will sign with the Pats and their fans will just say he is the greatest….watch.

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    If he signed with the Pats BB would turn him into a model citizen….unlike Mike Tomlin, BB actually runs the team

  39. Release him and go get Forrest Gump. At least Forrest is fast, and isn’t a diva.

    During his off time, he’ll just mow lawns.

    No drama with Forrest.

    Additionally. Mayock is a puppet. Gruden is in charge.

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