By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown lost his helmet grievance on Monday. An arbitrator ruled against his desire to keep his old helmet.
He initially said he would retire over not being able to use the same helmet throughout his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The NFL has outlawed his previous helmet.
After the ruling came down, Brown said ‘he was looking to rejoin his teammates.’ He is not expected to appeal the decision.
“While I disagree with the arbitrator’s decision, I’m working to getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field,” Brown said. “I’m excited about this season. Appreciate all the concerns about my feet #AlwaysAFight #Represent #Itsbiggerthanme”
Brown is presently dealing frostbite to his feet. He reportedly did not wear the proper footwear during a cryogenic chamber that damaged his feet, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
He was acquired in the off-season for two draft picks in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. A third-round pick and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft went back to the Steel City.
Following his trade, he signed a three-year, $50.125 million deal. The Raiders owe Brown $14.6 million this season in base salary.
In 2020, the team will be responsible for paying Brown $14.5 million. They also have an opt-out of his contract following the 2020 season where they will have just $333,334 in dead cap space if they moved on after paying him $32.6 million over the first two seasons.
If they do not release him, he is owed $14.5 million in 2021.
The 31-year-old Miami, Florida native made 15 starts this past season. He had 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 15 touchdowns were a career-high; surpassing his previous record of 13 touchdowns in 2014.
He has had six straight seasons, where he had more than 1,000 receiving yards. He has seven 1,000-plus receiving yardage seasons in his career.
In his final game of the season, he had his best game in a 31-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints, he had 14 receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
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