Potential placement on paid leave may not deter the next Antonio Brown suitor

Getty Images

The NFL’s position that free-agent receiver Antonio Brown won’t be placed on the Commissioner-Exempt list unless and until he signs with another team would seem to be a deterrent to any team signing him. It would seem to be, but it may not be.

Washington claimed linebacker Reuben Foster on waivers last year, knowing full well that they could end up paying him to not play. When he was indeed placed on paid leave after Washington claimed him on waivers, Washington paid out the balance of his $875,000 salary for 2018, at $51,470 per week.

A team that signs Brown would be required to give him a minimum salary of $1.03 million. That’s a game check in the amount of only $60,588 per week. If a team is willing to risk owing him that amount each and every week even if he lands on paid leave — and if Brown would be willing to accept a minimum salary along with, for example, significant per-game active roster bonuses and/or incentives — a deal easily can be done.

Continue to keep an eye on Washington. They need as many good players as they can find, they definitely need receivers, and Brown could play as soon as Monday night against the Bears. They didn’t hesitate to claim Foster last year, who had actually been arrested for domestic violence. Brown still hasn’t been, and quite possibly won’t be, arrested for anything he has done.

Here’s another reason to watch Washington: To the extent that former P.R. chief Tony Wyllie provided a voice of reason in these matters, he’s no longer there; the team announced on Friday his decision to leave the organization to work for the Special Olympics. So if Bruce Allen and/or Dan Snyder want to embrace a man who remains one of the best receivers (and one of the best players) in the NFL, who’s to tell them they shouldn’t?

Thirty-one teams can shout “hell no” as to the possibility of signing Brown. It takes only one to whisper, “OK.” At a potential cost of $60,588 per week in the event he’s placed on paid leave (with the ability to cut him even after he’s placed on paid leave), it would be foolish to presume that, at this moment, teams aren’t debating internally whether they’re willing to suffer a short-term P.R. hit and a relatively mild financial loss in order to do what every team (except maybe one) is constantly trying to do: WIN!

94 responses to “Potential placement on paid leave may not deter the next Antonio Brown suitor

  1. If Brown hadn’t sent that text he’d have still been in BB’s bad book for the undeclared lawsuit – only difference is Brown would have been traded to an eager Washington for their lineman.

  2. I pray that one of my team division rivals signs him.
    Give him more money to do nothing.

    I’d be fine with the Redskins signing him. Have Dan Snyder pay him for nothing just like Albert Haynesworth.

  3. Yeah, the fact is that it’s fun to watch him play, so it won’t be surprising if a team picks him up on terms like that. The question then becomes whether it’s the kind of team that can deal with the relentless media onslaught. Until there is a League or legal process finding on the sexual assault case, I don’t think fans are much of a problem.

  4. I commented yesterday to watch Washington, or anyone actually, who was willing to take the PR hit and the risk of paying him while exempt or living with a suspension. For the right deal, some team could weather the storm and come out with a valuable asset.

    But come on, AB has issues. There’s no denying it. And if he’s on a poor performing team with inferior QB play, one would think his acting out will only continue.

    Sad story, the dude is a remarkable WR. But man, does he have maturity issues.

  5. If Brown is smart, and wants to play, he will have to take the league minimum and various performance incentives for a team to sign him.
    No guarantees.

    Brown doesn’t appear to be smart enough to realize this however.

  6. So if Bruce Allen and/or Dan Snyder want to embrace a man who remains one of the best receivers (and one of the best players) in the NFL, who’s to tell them they shouldn’t?

    I’ll tell them they shouldn’t. Are you kidding me? He should be in therapy(at minimum) not on a football field.

  7. “Potential placement on paid leave may not deter the next Antonio Brown suitor” Maybe the rape accusations and other over the top drama should be enough to deter any team.

  8. If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve come to the right place!!

    Most are exhausted by Antonio it’s time to enjoy the next 14 week’s and post season. Time goes way to fast to waste concentration on this public nuisance/ team destroyer!!

  9. Well I think we can cross three teams off so its 29 remaining that might do that. Everyone that spent the last 12 days making it their life quest to rip the Patriots for having him on their roster now has to worry that the shoe might turn up on the other foot. Except that despite all their words they are actually not worried. In fact they are praying for it.

  10. All the ha ha comments is enough to make one sick. Look how this guy has harassed and bullied women and we want to make a joke out of his actions. What is surprising is not only the league not stepping up nd doing something but all the women groups in this country have not said a word or demanded the league make a decision.

  11. At a vet minimum incentive laden deal I think he’d find many suitors, but I’m not sure his ego would allow him to do that. And you have to ask yourself what’s in it for Rosenhaus at that point –

  12. The scenario put forth in this article might work for “some” NFL miscreants, but THIS clown show?! No way. The dude can literally not shut up. He’ll instagram his way out of any team foolish enough to sign him.

    Someone needed to take away his phone a couple years ago. This is hot-mess crazy meets social media access.

  13. You honestly think ego-maniac Brown would sign with Washington? His career is over until/unless he gets some help and turns his life around. He couldn’t behave while with the best franchise in the league. Washington is arguably the worst when it comes to leadership.

  14. This guy is way too toxic to have on a team. He can’t control himself away from the field as he proved in New England. You can probably bet that Belichick gave him a stern warning about doing anything away from the field and what did he end up doing ? So, he didn’t even listen to Belichick. He’s a lost cause until he gets help; football is not something he needs right now.

  15. Why do posters keep comparing AB to Kaepernick? Kap did not:
    Sexually assault women
    Throw furniture out of a window, nearly injuring a child
    Threaten a potential witness and show pictures of her family without her permission or knowledge.
    Stiff various suppliers for services rendered and left the bills unpaid
    Be generally rude, boorish, childish and obnoxious.

    All the guy did was to take a knee. And don’t give me any rubbish about the guy not being very good. I’ve seen worse players than Kap get jobs in the NFL (Step forward Nathan Peterman, and Mike Glennon to name two) and he still doesn’t get a sniff.

    The hypocrisy shown by the NFL as well as some posters on this website is breathtaking.

  16. CBA negotiations are looming. The league should put this on the table: No player that is cut/released for cause may sign with another club until the free agency period opens in the following league year. That could impact two things. The player might be less likely to act like a moron and the team might not hold on to a guy simply because they don’t want a competitor getting him for a playoff run.

  17. If Brown actually wants to continue playing football, I think his next suitor will be the New England Patriots, and I believe they probably have an agreement already in place. Brown might even make a couple other visits, and attend a couple workouts, but he won’t sign with anybody else. Then the news cycle will move on, and low and behold, Brown will “pick up talks” with the Patriots again. By about week 8 or nine, and with plenty of time left to get geared up for a playoff run, Brown will agree to re-join the Patriots, and try to make that one catch that’s avoided him all these years. A super bowl appearance!

  18. We may have seen the end of this guy in the NFL. It’s obvious there are mental issues,no team is going to touch him with a ten foot pole. He needs to get help and forget football.

  19. You think Washington is going to pick this guy up? The team with John Gruden’s brother at head coach? You think maybe they might have talked about what all went on with this clown and probably covered some internal stuff that never became a story? Not a Skins fan but I just don’t see it.

  20. Pay for no play is a very big deal but it would be the least of worries for any team to take on. I mean if BB and Tom can’t make it work… it’s not gonna work anywhere.

  21. Buffalo probably doesn’t look so bad to Antonio right now. And Brown probably doesn’t look so bas to Buffalo.
    They can get him for peanuts, and have him on a short leash.

  22. I’m sure Jon will call his brother Jay and give AB a glowingly positive report. He’s gonna tell him how great he was on the price field w Carr. How great he was in the WR meeting room w the guys. How great a role model for all the young players on the team and someone for them to look up to and emulate. Especially w a rookie potential franchise QB on their bench they r grooming to take over this year. Why not bring in a great team guy like AB who’s all about football x’s and o’s and won’t be a distraction in anyway. Makes perfect sense for Washington to do this can’t c why not. Forget vet minimum Washington should just go all in and give him another 9 million signing bonus. Lol

  23. If Washington were to sign AB … We would have to expect our next head coach is going to come from the high school ranks. Smh. No one wants to deal with that lol

  24. If he actually cares about playing again, which I am not sure he does, his best bet is to sit out this season. During his time off get all the civil allegations settled (as in pay them off). Go get some counseling and publicly say he mentally messed up he was etc., but now he has gotten help and is much better! At that point the NFL will welcome him back, no exempt list involved. He will sign another huge contract with nearly any team of his choosing.

  25. There is no way the Redskins would sign Brown, hey have too many internal issues along with hanging being right up to the cap amongst other issues, plus add to the fact Bruce Allen is not in the market for high priced agents. The Redskins might have a horrible front office but even they aren’t that stupid to be in on Brown.

  26. Why would any team going nowhere this season sign Brown? It was odd when the Raiders traded for Brown, because they were going nowhere with or without him. It made some sense for the Pats, Seahawks, and Saints to be interested when he was cut by the Raiders, as they all have legit SB aspirations, although losing Brees may break the Saints. But now it makes sense for no team to be interested.

  27. Don’t forget that the NFLPA will protect AB against any discipline that is levied by the NFL.
    THAT is what is not reported. Behind the scenes, the NFLPA is negotiating with the NFL as to what the discipline should be for AB, of course the NFLPA will attempt to minimize all fines and suspension while protecting AB’s reputation…and making absolutely sure that the NFL portrayed as the bad guy in all of this mess.
    Why hasn’t AB been suspended yet? The NFLPA has stopped the NFL from taking that action.
    That’s why and the media refuses to report it.

  28. I’m still trying to understand why he texted his way out of New England,if New England was the place that he really wanted to be. It’s got to be a mental issue,or the team that he really wanted to pick him up was beaten to the punch by the Patriots. I just can’t see any team wanting any part of Brown at this point. He’s trouble from the word “GO”…but this is the NFL. Nothing is surprising anymore.

  29. this guy would be a great fit for the colts or cowboys. its a weak case on the witness intimidation and all the different rapes. the patriots just have a higher standard

  30. He won’t be going to the Redskins. I am pretty sure however that John Dorsey and Classless Freddie Kitchens are trying to scheme a way to get Brown in Cleveland.

  31. AB’s accuser only sued him for about $70K IIRC. He could have settled the lawsuit with her and admitted no wrongdoing and signed a non-disclosure agreement. He could be making over $10 million. Instead, he played hardball and he still has to face a trial and a deposition, and he is out at least $9 million in signing bonus alone. What was he thinking?

  32. I don’t know why the league just doesn’t announce a suspension before he is signed to a new team so that they know up front what they really are getting. And if he is not going to be suspended, just say so. AB has done enough to warrant a suspension no matter what team signs him next. He may wind up in New Jersey with one of those train wrecks.

  33. shihtzumum says:
    September 21, 2019 at 10:37 am
    Why do posters keep comparing AB to Kaepernick? Kap did not:
    Sexually assault women
    Throw furniture out of a window, nearly injuring a child
    Threaten a potential witness and show pictures of her family without her permission or knowledge.
    Stiff various suppliers for services rendered and left the bills unpaid
    Be generally rude, boorish, childish and obnoxious.

    All the guy did was to take a knee. And don’t give me any rubbish about the guy not being very good. I’ve seen worse players than Kap get jobs in the NFL (Step forward Nathan Peterman, and Mike Glennon to name two) and he still doesn’t get a sniff.
    ————————————————————————-
    He hasn’t played a down of football in almost 3 years. WHY would anyone sign him? He was 3-16 as a starter in his last two years. And bottom line, he doesn’t WANT to play. He is happy sitting back being a Martyr and making his money from Nike. You should take your GM cap off, it isn’t helping you..

  34. californianewton says:
    September 21, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    AB’s accuser only sued him for about $70K IIRC. He could have settled the lawsuit with her and admitted no wrongdoing and signed a non-disclosure agreement. He could be making over $10 million. Instead, he played hardball and he still has to face a trial and a deposition, and he is out at least $9 million in signing bonus alone. What was he thinking?
    —————————————

    We can start with one of the rare things that everyone on this site, no matter our allegiance, can agree to and that is that AB, by all appearances, is a narcissistic imbecile. So what we can surmise is that…

    1. AB may actually be innocent of the accusations. Perhaps unlikely, but if it possible, would any of us settle if we were innocent of such accusations?
    2. AB may be receiving sensationally awful legal advice, or ignoring perfectly good legal advice.

  35. The sound you currently hear is the sound of NO NFL teams being interested in signing AB.

    It’s a sound we will all come to know very well in the coming weeks, months and years.

  36. I have a major problem with the NFL and it’s inability to govern itself. This guy is in obvious need of a mental evaluation. Yet the NFL will not shut him down. The NFL is a better place when guys like this are not single handedly domination every headline and radio talk show. The fans have had their fill of the Terrell Owens’, Chad Johnson’s, Pacman Jones’, Ray Rice’s and more. AB is the offspring of these guys. It’s one thing to hurt yourself, but AB is hurting women using his financial power to damage and devastate them. I’d like 5 minutes with AB in a closed room myself.

  37. shihtzumum says:
    September 21, 2019 at 10:37 am

    All the guy did was to take a knee. And don’t give me any rubbish about the guy not being very good. I’ve seen worse players than Kap get jobs in the NFL (Step forward Nathan Peterman, and Mike Glennon to name two) and he still doesn’t get a sniff.
    ———-
    This a totally false argument. Why do people and sports media keep pushing this false story?

    Kap opted out of SF.
    Kap said no to Seattle.
    And his girlfriend called the Ravens owner a slave owner when Kap had an offer from the Ravens.
    These are all known facts.

    Kap said NO to these offers.

  38. Fishfan:

    “He hasn’t played a down of football in almost 3 years. WHY would anyone sign him? He was 3-16 as a starter in his last two years. And bottom line, he doesn’t WANT to play. He is happy sitting back being a Martyr and making his money from Nike. You should take your GM cap off, it isn’t helping you..”

    Great analysis. Except the original question I raised, you did not answer. Which was: WHY are posters comparing AB to Kap who hasn’t done ANY of what AB is alleged to have done?

    Over to you…

  39. If any team would sign him, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS…
    They don’t care about character… Google their ‘franchise QB’ name…
    Learn about his college ‘escapades’ and they chose him 1 over-all in the draft in spite of it…

  40. seriously doubt any team will take a flyer on AB. Its clear to me AB had everyone fooled. At one time last year, the Pats had offered the Steelers a 1st round pick for him, if the Steelers were aware of his baggage, they would have gladly shipped him off to NE, also NE would have never offered a 1st round pick knowing his background, neither would the Raiders have made the trade. Have to take your hats off to Tomlin and give him credit for keeping his team together for all those years with AB.

  41. If the Raiders cut him, no big deal, do some research and decide if you think he can help.
    If the Patriots cut him, there’s probably more bad in this story that hasn’t come out yet, and you’d be smart to steer clear.

  42. shihtzumum says:
    Great analysis. Except the original question I raised, you did not answer. Which was: WHY are posters comparing AB to Kap who hasn’t done ANY of what AB is alleged to have done?
    Over to you…
    ==

    Nobody is comparing the actions of the two men. The comparison is that they’re now both members of the same club: Persona non grata in the NFL, just for different reasons.
    Go to any correctional facility. You’ll find guys who killed one or more people, and guys who committed multiple but far lesser felonies (think the three strikes law). Totally different actions, and certainly those of one are far worse than the other. But they’re both still in prison for life, hence the comparison.
    As for your claim that all Colin Kaepernick did was “take a knee,” that’s a blatant soft-peddle. I won’t do your homework for you. Look up the other things he did, the real reasons behind why many of us believe he originally took a knee, the teams he had a chance to play for after he quit on San Francisco, and how he intentionally sabotaged himself with each of them (Denver, Seattle and Baltimore that we know of).

  43. Charles Haily went YEARS and several teams before he finally was diagnosed as Bipolar. Why didnt the Steelers, Raiders or New England have mental health expert do psych exam on him? He JYAT might have a treatable mental disorder.

  44. shihtzumum says:
    September 21, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Why do people and sports media keep pushing this false story?

    Kap opted out of SF.

    These are all known facts.

    Kap said NO to these offers.
    ——————————-
    Someone needs to get their ‘facts’ straight. Kap only ‘opted out’ if you can even technically call it that, because he was told the team wouldn’t be keeping him.

  45. money made him the ass he has become..i dont understand players,,which all the money he could of just paid someone to fake sleeping and do what he did on their back. some people cant handle money it changes them for the bad.Money will bring out who you really are. Just like some players become man of the year. They have the power to be who they really are and some players become scum like this guy has become, its a shame because nothing ut jail time will change him. Look at vick it changed him,

  46. We did not learn abt any civil suits or criminal probes when AB played for the Steelers or the Raiders. Someone — possibly the trainer — possibly the trainer’s husband — did not want him in New England.

    She waited a long time. I think it’s obvious that when her new husband found out about the assault — he needed her to go public and seek some kind of restitution for the sake of his own dignity.

    (Presumed exchange) HUSBAND: “Well, if his advances were unwelcome as you say and if you didn’t enjoy them, that’s assault. File!”

  47. There’s something odd that nobody is paying attention to.

    When Brown – somebody who is so quick to go ballistic on Twitter – was released yesterday, he immediately went on Twitter …. to wish the Patriots well!

    Wouldn’t you expect him to blast them?

    No, he wanted to come here. There is definitely something going on here.

    There is zero proof that Brown sexually accosted either woman. My guess is the league won’t do a thing to Brown, and when they announce that, he signs right back with the Patriots

  48. Now wait a second here. I spent the last week reading that only a team as evil as the Patriots would even think about signing AB. Now Washington might do it and if they do — well it’s not bc they’re evil — there’s only one evil team — it’s bc they need a WR and need to win.

  49. Only 60 grand per week? Those are starvation wages. How could he be expected to live on that? Haha. Most people don’t make that kind of bread in a year, working 5 days per week

  50. Looks like big Ben took him under his wing and taught him everything he knows…
    I sure hope my team does not sign him.

  51. He will spend a year getting his crap together, make some PR points, and re-sign with New England. They are really the only team that can handle him. Unfortunately.

  52. Curious… Where were these two women when Antonio was a Steeler and Raider? Everyone was quick to label BB an evil genius orchestrating AB to land in NE, yet no one thinks it odd that sexual assaults occurring in 2017 & 2018 miraculously come to light less than 24 hours after AB signs with Pats??

  53. Antonio Brown’s path back to the NFL:
    – Settle all outstanding legal matters
    – Play a full season in the XFL without causing major distractions
    – Agree to sign a 1-year prove-it contract for the 2020 season with no guarantees and incentives up to ~$10 million

    The odds are heavily against him, but hey, that’s the path.

  54. shihtzumum
    Why do posters like YOU keep leaving out the “pig” socks and support for people who threaten to kill cops?
    Your delusion and hypocrisy is truly mind bending….

  55. shihtzumum says:
    September 21, 2019 at 2:53 pm
    Fishfan:

    “He hasn’t played a down of football in almost 3 years. WHY would anyone sign him? He was 3-16 as a starter in his last two years. And bottom line, he doesn’t WANT to play. He is happy sitting back being a Martyr and making his money from Nike. You should take your GM cap off, it isn’t helping you..”

    Great analysis. Except the original question I raised, you did not answer. Which was: WHY are posters comparing AB to Kap who hasn’t done ANY of what AB is alleged to have done?

    Over to you…

    —–

    Because he’s a guy SAYING he wants to play football and DOING the exact opposite.

    Wanna play ball Kap? Get off IG, don’t compare your potential boss to slave owners, take off the pig socks and take what you can get and stick to football and maybe you have a salvageable career.

    Wanna play ball AB? Get off IG, don’t yell racial epithets at your boss, put on your helmet, take what you can get and maybe you have a salvageable career.

  56. well kap was accused of rape and sexual assault, so i guess you could compare the 2 ,, the only difference is AB assault case is new and has not played out yet,, kaps has been sold and he was found innocent,, but both were accused of sexual assault , so lets not fry AB tills hes found guilty,,, AB does not have control of his emotions and i can only imagine how a man being accused of all the things would feel,, to say the least AB is not handling it well, and Kap was a flash in the pan AB is a 7 time pro bowler , neither of them are good role models

  57. If his end game was to be a Patriot,why did he sabotage it? Nothing that Brown does makes much sense. Any team that shows interest after this train-wreck of a month is just asking for trouble.

  58. PhD says:
    September 21, 2019 at 4:26 pm
    shihtzumum says:
    September 21, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Why do people and sports media keep pushing this false story?

    Kap opted out of SF.

    These are all known facts.

    Kap said NO to these offers.
    ——————————-
    Someone needs to get their ‘facts’ straight. Kap only ‘opted out’ if you can even technically call it that, because he was told the team wouldn’t be keeping him.
    >>>>>>>><<<<<<<
    True to an extent. Kap changed his contract and bought his right to opt out. He was a free agent.

  59. If they are 2 accusers today, you have to know that by next week there will be 5,6 or 10.
    No team should be stupid enough to give this guy money or a contract.
    Then…they should deal with what’s coming to them…

  60. This man craps in his pants wherever he goes. He is so much more trouble then he is worth. What he did (allegedly) in those texts was insane. Why? What was he thinking and how stupid is he?

  61. Any team that signs him is asking for what comes next. When AB wakes up from this foolish nightmare, he will realize that he gave away MILLIONS of dollars not once, but twice within a two week time span. It takes a special kind of crazy to do that. And I don’t think it’s actually sunk in for AB quite yet. When he comes to that sad reality, he might really go off the deep end.

  62. In the wake of his Sunday twitter tirade any team brings him on board DESERVES everything it gets….. EVERYTHING!!!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!