Mike Mayock thought Raiders would “get the best out of Antonio Brown”

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The Raiders traded for Antonio Brown to great fanfare March 10. They released him Sept. 7 without him ever playing a down for them.

But it wasn’t a quiet six months to be sure.

Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock takes the blame for the AB saga, which turned into a soap opera.

I put that on me,” Mayock told Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com on Friday. “My anticipation was that he was coming off a situation in Pittsburgh where he wants to prove everybody wrong, and he wants to ride into the Hall of Fame. That he was going to come in with Jon Gruden and Derek Carr and our offense and lead the way. . . .I really thought we were going to get the best out of Antonio Brown, and we didn’t.

“We weren’t able to get anything out of him. So, at the end of the day, in hindsight, we lost a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick, and I can’t tell you how much pain that causes me.”

Brown’s career and his Hall of Fame chances are in serious jeopardy. He played one game for the Patriots this season before they released him, and now, Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has conditionally terminated their relationship.

The Raiders cut Brown two days after he threatened to punch Mayock as linebacker Vontaze Burfict played peacemaker. Coach Jon Gruden welcomed Brown back to the team, though, before the Raiders finally moved on.

It raised a question about whether Gruden and Mayock were in agreement about Brown’s future with the Raiders.

“Jon and I are good,” Mayock told Tafur. “Jon and I talk everything through.”

69 responses to “Mike Mayock thought Raiders would “get the best out of Antonio Brown”

  1. Brown will never step on an NFL field again. His rant against the police officers he called to his place the other day was the final nail in the coffin

  2. Gruden and Mayock: Dumb and Dumber. Keep sticking to your pre-historic Neanderthal ways. Getting up at 4 to watch some tape man!

  3. No one thought the AB/Raiders experience would work out! Gruden has always been an enabler. Look at all the foolishness ABOUT was allowed to do before he was gone. On the other hand, the NE AB signing guaranteed NE’s 7th Lombardi. However, just as he sacrificed the SB win over Philly by benching Malcolm Butler. As usual BB makes the morally correct choice…

  4. Only Pittsburgh got the best out of him. He was on his way to an HOF career before he lost his mind.

  5. Was the threat to punch Mayock in the face caught on tape because I thought that only allegedly happened.

  6. As much as I despise Mike Tomlin and the Steelers, I gained a new level of appreciation for his abilities as a head coach after AB’s implosion with the Raiders (and again with the Patriots). It’s utterly amazing that anyone was able to keep this guy focused for longer than a 2- or 3-game stretch, let alone an entire season, without the wheels coming off on a regular basis.

  7. The video of him jumping for joy when he got released didn’t age well. Much like the patriot championships once everyone found out who Belichick really was……..just another Browns coach who at the time had the worst winning percentage of any Browns coach who wasn’t an intern.

  8. Mayock has so much more class than Brown could even think of. Mayock has never said one thing about the physical threat and racial slurs of Brown. as Brown never did really apologies for

  9. At least it makes your trade for Martavis Bryant look better. You got 19 catches for 266 yds and no TDs + 2 suspensions. You only gave up a 3rd for him. If you want to add Zay Jones, that was a nice 5th rd pick traded away for zero catches.

    So combined with AB, that’s two 3rd rd picks, and two 5th rd picks, for 19 catches and 266 yds and no TD’s.

    WHAT A HAUL!

  10. Their were plenty of warning signs coming out of Pittsburgh, you knew exactly who you were trading for.

    Who knew anyone could make Burfict and Incognito look like choir boys?

  11. Don’t worry about it Mike. You have pretty much hit on everything else. He is just a loser and hopefully the NFL never lets him put on a uniform again.

  12. Will AB ever play another down? Will he marry a Kardashian and lead the NFL into REALITY TV LAND?

  13. NE sacrificed Lombardi #7 over a single text message by this clown. Totally no-nonsense. Trip Tomlin enabled him for years and torpedoed any chance the Steelers had for success…

  14. “…as linebacker Vontaze Burfict played peacemaker.”

    To add to the soap opera.

    Otehrwise, not even Antonio Brown is going to get the best out of Antonio Brown, … apparently.

    I have absolutely zero idea why anyone would want that ego and any team that signs him, if he even ever becomes signable, deserves every last negative thing that they end up getting.

    After that, Antonio Brown won’t have a “best” to give once his money runs out. I have a very difficult time believing that he’s invested wisely.

  15. “Any other GM would have made the same deal and crossed thier fing”

    No they wouldn’t. 31 other GMs did not, and the only other one who thought he would get AB to play, Belichick, cut bait quickly after the Raiders were done with him

  16. stonedwhitetrash says:
    Will AB ever play another down? Will he marry a Kardashian and lead the NFL into REALITY TV LAND?
    ==

    I loathe most so-called “reality” television. But I’d watch that show, if only in anticipation of the whole thing finally, inevitably going nuclear. Now THAT’S entertainment.

  17. commitment2excrement says:
    January 17, 2020 at 6:33 pm
    At least it makes your trade for Martavis Bryant look better. You got 19 catches for 266 yds and no TDs + 2 suspensions. You only gave up a 3rd for him. If you want to add Zay Jones, that was a nice 5th rd pick traded away for zero catches.

    So combined with AB, that’s two 3rd rd picks, and two 5th rd picks, for 19 catches and 266 yds and no TD’s.

    WHAT A HAUL!
    _______________^^
    The Raiders draft class without Antonio Brown produced the offensive rookie of the year and the Defensive Rookie of the Year and Josh Jacobs and an Maxx Crosby who had better numbers than Nick Bosa

  18. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 17, 2020 at 6:29 pm
    The video of him jumping for joy when he got released didn’t age well. Much like the patriot championships once everyone found out who Belichick really was……..just another Browns coach who at the time had the worst winning percentage of any Browns coach who wasn’t an intern.
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    Your statement makes no sense other than showing how much Belichick occupies your salty head. And Belichick in 4 years turned a crappy Browns around to a playoff team in 1994, and started 1995 even better until Modell pulled the plug. He’s the last HC to have any real success with the Browns, and his long term strategy was already evident and set Ravens’ first draft up nicely. As for this season, Pats still reaching the playoffs despite a heavily patched o-line and carousel offense is testament to the org’s underlying strengths.

  19. Isn’t that the common though about narcissistic & arrogant coaches & front office people?
    They think they can “fix” or get something out of someone that no one else could. That’s also why Gruden picked up Natan Peterman. “Only I can fix it.” Who else thinks like that?

  20. I just watched the NETFLIX Aaron Hernandez movie. I am not saying Brown is a murderer. But a guy at the absolute peak of his NFL stature. Talented. Hard Working. Goes completely crazy. Reckless. Destructive. Blows everything side open.

    I can still see that Burfict hit.

  21. Who cares? Screw the Raiders for screwing Oakland.

    Teams shouldn’t be allowed to take the name and history when they move. The fans that paid for the tickets own that. Just my .02

  22. The only thing conditional about Drew Risenhouse representing ab is ab getting paid. It’s not worth Drew’s time to deal with this amount of bs for nothing, Drew has other clients.

  23. Lawrence says:
    January 17, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    The Raiders draft class without Antonio Brown produced the offensive rookie of the year and the Defensive Rookie of the Year and Josh Jacobs and an Maxx Crosby who had better numbers than Nick Bosa

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    Crosby got 4 of his 10 total sacks against a Ryan Finley led Bengals team, the only time in the season he recorded 2 or more sacks. Great value in the 4th, and the future is bright for him. But Bosa passes the eye test as the more disruptive player.

  24. To be fair, Mayock certainly isn’t the first GM/coach who thought they could get a talented head case to “buy in” upon joining their team. Someone like AB are who they are, no matter what incentives are in front of them. AB is definitely the most extreme case I have ever seen though for self destruction.

  25. Mayock is a hack and not even close to GM material. Gruden is washed up and the Raiders still suck.

    Letting Mack and Cooper leave the team was huge mistake and now the Raiders will remain in 3rd or last place in that division for years to come!

  26. Mayock is a hack and not even close to GM material. Gruden is washed up and the Raiders still suck.

    Letting Mack and Cooper leave the team was a huge mistake and now the Raiders will remain in 3rd or last place in that division for years to come!

  27. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    January 17, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    “Trade Carr for a 3rd and 5h ..and sign Marriota….draft another QB also….problem solved”

    Steelers would probably take that deal/

  28. So this played out exactly like I predicted. The Antonio Brown trade was arguably even worse than the 2005 Randy Moss acquisition and because Gruden lacks any kind of integrity to take accountability Mike Mayock became the fall-guy. Mayock is a smart guy with regard to evaluating draft picks but it’s obvious that he doesn’t have much in the way of self-respect.

  29. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    January 17, 2020 at 6:04 pm
    Trade Carr for a 3rd and 5h ..and sign Marriota….draft another QB also….problem solved

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    You mean the same guy that got beat out by Ryan Tannehill? He’s the answer?

  30. The Raiders are a joke!

    The Bears fleeced them in the Mack trade. What are the odds of them drafting a bust with their last pick. Very very High! Plus they let Cooper go the Cowboys, LoL!

  31. He has a problem with authority, exacerbated by the athletic talent that allowed him to get this far because everybody was willing to let his behavior slide in exchange for wins.

    Nobody ever told AB “No” until now, and he doesnt know how to live life on life’s terms. He doesnt understand that he doesnt make all the rules. And his spoiled brat personality wont let him accept that sometimes you have to do what someone else tells you to do.

    Serious psychological help is needed, followed by humility and contrition.

  32. commitment2excrement says:
    January 17, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    If you want to add Zay Jones, that was a nice 5th rd pick traded away for zero catches.

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    Zay Jones had 20 receptions as a Raider. I have zero problems with that trade. I might have some after next season but you have to at least start with facts.

  33. @paul82461 says:
    January 17, 2020 at 6:49 pm
    He started going downhill when JUJU was all the attention.
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    Actually it started going downhill after Burfict nearly crippled him for life. Everything after that hit has only highlighted the brain damage caused by that malicious hit, which BTW, Primetime went out of his way to defend. I agree JuJu garnering attention didn’t help but AB’s reaction was influenced by that hit.

  34. Mayock is a pretty strait shooter, he isnt going to sugar coat things and he will own up to mistakes. Im really glad they got him as a GM, and its nice that he put his foot down with AB and cut their losses when they had to and got that money back.

    lots of cap space this year plus 2 more first round picks. I hope they can add some more solid pieces to that young roster and build for long term success.

  35. This guy‘s career has had so many proverbial nails in its coffin that there is no wood left. Finished.

  36. Make a few more missteps like that and Mayock won’t be around much longer. Imagine if AB had been smart enough to stick around another week and collect his 30 mil guarantee before he imploded.

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