Patriots have $20 million option on Antonio Brown’s contract for 2020

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The Patriots are expected to make the Antonio Brown signing official on Monday and the deal could wind up being for more than one year if all goes well.

PFT has learned, via a league source, that the Patriots have a $20 million option on Brown’s contract for the 2020 season. The option is for $20 million and it becomes guaranteed if it is exercised. The option helps with cap proration for this season and is similar to an option the Patriots had on cornerback Darrelle Revis’s contract when he was with the team for the 2014 season.

Brown’s deal for 2019 is worth up to $15 million and includes a $9 million signing bonus.

If the option for 2020 is exercised, one can assume Brown will have done well with New England this year and the two years of salary and bonus will exceed the guaranteed money he was set to make with the Raiders before forcing his way out of Oakland over the last week.

74 responses to “Patriots have $20 million option on Antonio Brown’s contract for 2020

  1. T-A-M-P-E-R-I-N-G. Browns consulted with social media “advisers” for ideas on how to expedite his departure from the Raiders. There is NO way he does all of this unless his agent assures him there is another offer in place BEFORE he gets cut.

  2. No way NE picks up that $20M option. AB will behave for 1 year, put up some good, not great, numbers. Don’t forget that NE already has Edelman, Gordon, and Brady’s favorite, Dorsett. After the one year, he’ll sign another big $ contract with another team.

  3. Where is the real world of business would this behavior continue to be rewarded, versus disciplinary action being taken and the employee would then have little change of New employment?

  4. Did any of your league source tell you what Glazer said on Sunday that the Raiders tried to trade Brown on Thursday? Isn’t it strange that on Thursday the Raiders would have Brown apologize, try to trade him and void Brown’s 30 million dollar guarantee?

    He didn’t force his way out of Oakland. Oakland pushed him out.

  5. But what about all the other teams that were hovering for Brown as soon as Raiders cut him? Oh wait, there weren’t any. The NFL should investigate and make something up again anyways because the Pats keep wupping the rest of the league.
    #Parity

  6. The Raiders should have given him the five day letter, he would have pushed back, and he’d be sitting on their bench right now, unable to play for anybody else. It’s the Raiders’ fault for letting this happen. They should have had the balls to call out bad behavior and deal with it accordingly.

  7. styx630 says: Yeah, totally not a scam at all.
    Pola pe’a says: This has been in the works for months.
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    Or they simply dusted off the offer they put together back when they offered Steelers a trade.

  8. I don’t understand why all of a sudden football fans have become these holier-than-thou beacons of morality. It’s football, it’s business. The guy is a nut, but if they can get production out a nut, they’ll take it. Who cares about whether certain behaviors should or shouldn’t be rewarded. He fell into a lucky situation. Lady luck doesn’t discriminate.

  9. Where is the real world of business would this behavior continue to be rewarded

    Where bosses are free to fire people, and those people are free to find work elsewhere? Pretty sure that’s how the real world of business works just about anywhere.

  10. I don’t know why people are acting like this. (Yes I do because it’s the Patriots and the crybabies are jealous) yes that’s what you are!!!

    This happens EVERY offseason when free agency starts at 4 guys are signed by 4:05 and NOBODY cares.

    This was the same thing.

    The Patriots just got better than they already were and people are jealous

  11. “Where is the real world of business would this behavior continue to be rewarded, versus disciplinary action being taken and the employee would then have little change of New employment?”

    You can blame the Raiders for this not the Pats. Mayock is totally unqualified to be a GM, and Gruden is so far over the hill its not even funny.

  12. fishfan77 says:

    September 9, 2019 at 10:55 am

    T-A-M-P-E-R-I-N-G. Browns consulted with social media “advisers” for ideas on how to expedite his departure from the Raiders. There is NO way he does all of this unless his agent assures him there is another offer in place BEFORE he gets cut.

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    Uh, Antonio Brown was guaranteed another NFL job because he’s been the best WR in football for the last 6 year.

    And the Steelers and Brown were fielding sign/trade offers earlier in the offseason. Pats were one of those suitors. Brown obviously pulled a Jimmy Butler and acted up until he was able to go to a contender. No evidence of tampering. Belichick is extra careful of that, ie just 2 weeks ago he claimed he didn’t know about Andrew Lucks retirement.

    And its low risk for Pats, they can just cut him again if he isn’t worth it

  13. Patriots tried to trade for AB when he was a Steeler, and again when he was a Raider, so their interest in him was known all along to the Steelers, to the Raiders, to AB and to his agent.

    What exactly would have been the need to tamper?

  14. I’m guessing that the Patriots brass and Drew Rosenhaus figured out before hand a loophole or that there weren’t any restrictions in the rules preventing them signing Brown after he forced his release from whatever team was able to land a trade for him from the Stillerz! Lol. So they’ll get away with it this time. But I’ll bet there will be new language in place addressing the issue ASAP. Ha

  15. i wonder if chucky and mayock get the feeling they were used like a rented mule. ths deal was set up before they got ab. if i was them i would make rosenhause pay for it one way or another. the guy is a cancer to the nfl.

  16. the ENTIRE blame for this falls at the feet of the Raiders. AB was in no position of leverage whatsoever. he wasnt on an unsigned franchise tender. He didn’t have 1 year left on his deal. The raiders did not have to cut him at all. They could of simply called his bluff on refusing to play, shut him down, not pay him and he plays for no one else. Same position they are in now except he is with the Pats. They could of sat him for year and traded him. Anything other than a straight up release. No one can orchestrate anything that requires an absolute bone head decision by another party in order for it to work. AB got lucky…the Raiders are absolutely incompetent.

  17. I think he’ll be gone before the season is out. And without whole lot of fanfare. He’ll take some shots at the Steelers or Raiders in the press, be told in a private meeting to stay quiet, proceed to mouth off and all you’ll hear the next day is he was released.

  18. And I laugh at those who still believe there wasnt any tampering while he was under contract with the Raiders.

  19. Why all the tampering crying? Why am I not hearing of the classless, unsportsmanlike running up the score by the Ravens? Had NE pasted Miami for 59 points, trolls would be calling for NFL discipline for unsportsmanlike conduct. Why not? It wasn’t NE putting up 59 points.

  20. After watching the Patriots easily dismantle the vaunted Steelers last night it is downright scary how good they can be with Antonio Brown added to the mix.

  21. A nugget. I don’t see it. It’s just a placeholder type thing to give him something to shoot for. He won’t be on the team in 2020.

    Right and you said he wouldn’t ever be a Pat …..my how the slime drips into the bowl.

  22. Not a NE fan by any stretch but I don’t see anything fishy with this at all. Sure, things got done “really fast” after AB was released but there’s no reason to hassle a contract/offer unless AB had leverage, which he didn’t. Either AB waits for other offers or take what NE threw out with minor negotiations. It’s really a win/win for AB. He gets play for a contender while proving he can behave this season for a big pay day next year.

  23. After reading the multiple AB s a psycho articles, I thought there was a way for the raiders to cut him in such a way that he couldn’t play for anyone else this year?

  24. No, this just guarantees the Pats a 3rd Round Compensatory pick when he leaves thereby giving them one-year of Brown at the best of what he has left plus a 3rd Round pick for … nothing.

    The Patriot Way = The Smart Way

  25. “Why am I not hearing of the classless, unsportsmanlike running up the score by the Ravens?”

    Good question, especially since that used to be the major knock against the Pats.

    Doubt you’ll receive any legit responses from those who always complained about the Pats running up the score. Of course, now they complain about the Pats not blowing teams out in the SB, an indication that they’re just not that good. Amazing, but true BS.

  26. cottie Pimpin says:
    September 9, 2019 at 11:32 am

    …They could of simply called his bluff on refusing to play, shut him down, not pay him and he plays for no one else. Same position they are in now except he is with the Pats. They could of sat him for year and traded him. Anything other than a straight up release. No one can orchestrate anything that requires an absolute bone head decision by another party in order for it to work. AB got lucky…
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    Yes, that is odd. The Raiders where going nowhere with or without him this year, but why give another team, most likely the Patriots if he did not want $30 million guaranteed this season, a chance to possibly get help from AB this season? If he screws up, and the Pats have had veterans screw up, the Pats just release him; he will not make a mess of the culture.

    Somewhat similar to when Blount was released by the Steelers a few seasons back, when the Steelers could have just shut him down, even though the Patriots was his most likely landing place if he actually cleared waivers. The difference being Blount had to clear waivers, and surprisingly he did.

  27. Best run organization in the history of history.

    Haters (crybabies is more accurate), align yourselves with the likes of the fool Rob Parker and cry away to your own embarrassment. Just know the truth, that when all you got is being a crybaby complainer, you are being laughed at.

  28. They had to make this more than a one-year deal b/c they didn’t have enough cap space to pay his signing bonus this year. Simple as that.

    Antonio Brown is now Josh Gordon insurance, just as Josh Gordon is Antonio Brown insurance.

  29. Pola pe’a says:
    September 9, 2019 at 11:00 am
    This has been in the works for months.

    ***************

    Not sure how that all this works out in the minds of conspiracy theorists. Raiders would have to be in agreement on it if it was for month in advance to cut him if he acts up vs. fining/suspending him (which they could have done and still not pay him), and Rosenhaus would have to agree to burn bridges with a ton of teams in order to make it happen with the Patriots, and given that he has more clients outside of Patriots who pay a lot more, it doesn’t add up.

  30. orrnumberfour says:
    September 9, 2019 at 11:54 am
    Just like the Revis contract. No way he plays in the second year.
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    Have you ever heard of renegotiation. Tom Brady does it every year.

  31. The entire world knows the Pats want Brown so after his release, of course his agent would contact the Pats. This whole tampering charge is ridiculous. If the Pats don’t sign him, someone else would. The real issue is that fans want the game of football to be a morality play to see someone punished for their bad behaviors. Sorry, football is a business and entertainment and I am certainly entertained!

  32. It is easy to yell one word, “conspiracy.”

    A lot harder to play the long game and build an ironclad foundation of organizational excellence.

    Bill’s authoring a masterpiece, the rest are drawing in the dirt with crayons

  33. AB gets an offer of $15 million from the best team with the best coach and the GOAT QB within hours of being released on the eve of the season starting. What should he do instead, wait to see what some crappy team might offer him over a few weeks while the season marches onward?

    This tampering nonsense is just the stuff of envious idiots.

  34. And I laugh at those who still believe there wasnt any tampering while he was under contract with the Raiders.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    So the Pats somehow convinced AB to talk HALF the money he was going to get to do the exact same job? Wow, BB really is a genius.

  35. 😂 Pats haters are salty AF right now and are praying that this AB experiment doesn’t pan out! But Lord have mercy for the rest of the league if it does indeed work and AB’s is a model citizen going forward! Brady just might challenge the legendary Bill Russell 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  36. blessedunliketherest says: September 9, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    “So the Pats somehow convinced AB to talk HALF the money he was going to get to do the exact same job? Wow, BB really is a genius.”

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    The Raider’s deal was $30 millions guaranteed for THREE years.

  37. “After reading the multiple AB s a psycho articles, I thought there was a way for the raiders to cut him in such a way that he couldn’t play for anyone else this year?”

    Yes, they could have sent him the 5 day letter, and if he didn’t report deactivated without having to pay him a single dime, got their roster spot back and retained his right to trade him next offseason and at least gotten a low round pick for him.

    Instead Mayock and Gruden proved to be entirely spineless and just cut him loose. This is all on the Raiders. I can’t blame people for being tired of the Pats pounding almost every other team most of the time, but if none of the other GMs made a move to get AB how can anyone blame Belichick for doing so and taking the risk since he chose to do so?

  38. I’m as bitter and angry about this as the next hater, but I can’t blame BB or the Pats. Teams like the Raiders and Browns keep enabling this. Even my Bills by not locking up Gilmore.

    BB is just on a different level, but some of this isn’t rocket science. The Raiders blew it and now we’ve all gotta suffer another year.

  39. One omen I see on the horizon. not enough footballs to go around. Last night numerous receivers on the Pats caught balls and looked good. However, their first round receiver pick is on IR and back in 6 weeks, plus adding Brown. Thats a stable of guys who all want the ball because the more touches the mo money down the road.
    Brown ain’t going to be happy sharing that spotlight no way no how. I don’t think he gives a crapola about a SB ring, its all about him being a diva.

  40. Pats fans forget the clown is a “me” guy. They can go undefeated but if he doesn’t get his targets he won’t be happy and he will act out.

  41. jjackwagon says:
    September 9, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    Pats fans forget the clown is a “me” guy. They can go undefeated but if he doesn’t get his targets he won’t be happy and he will act out


    Then they cut him it’s that simple
    BB isn’t afraid to cut a guy when he doesn’t conform

  42. So the crazy guy that can’t figure out a new helmet rule or that getitng a $15k fine is better than losing $29 million had this mastermind conspiracy to get himself traded and bork around with a team for a few months with the end game being a Patriots Back-channel deal he’d been working all along is the Flat-Earth of the NFL.

  43. this =>

    1967forever says:
    September 9, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Antonio Brown is now Josh Gordon insurance, just as Josh Gordon is Antonio Brown insurance.

  44. I’ve said it other places and I’ll say it here, Antonio Brown is no fool. As he stated publicly to teammates in Pittsburgh “I’m a businessman first and a FB player second.” He’s also the most productive WR over the past 6 or 7 years.

    He wanted to go to NE (who wouldn’t?) and where is he now? I think he took a page out of Muhammad Ali’s book and “roped some dopes.” AB is as sly as a fox. While I’m not condoning his behavior, it sure got results. He just went from Siberia to Acapulco.

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