Report: AB signs with the Patriots

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The New England Patriots are taking a gamble on free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown. He is receiving a one-year, $15 million deal. 

He is receiving a $9 million signing bonus. 

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown runs down the field after a catch against the Baltimore Ravens
Antonio Brown runs down the field after a catch against the Baltimore Ravens (Getty Images)

Brown was released earlier on Saturday by the Oakland Raiders. He was not pleased with the Raiders fining him nearly $300,000 in recent weeks.

The Raiders took a chance on Brown in March. They traded two draft picks to the Raiders for Brown.

He was a headache throughout his short-lived tenure with the Raiders. Brown even threatened to punch General Manager Mike Mayock in the face after he was not happy following two fines in August.

The Patriots have a history of taking a gamble on players. Brown is the latest to join the family after having problems elsewhere.

New England took a gamble on wide receiver Josh Gordon. He was acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns last season, then missed time due to an NFL suspension.

Gordon has been cleared to return to the team for this season.

During the Bill Belichick area, the team also took gambles on wide receiver Randy Moss and running back Corey Dillon.

Moss played three full seasons and part of a fourth for the Patriots. He was traded to New England for a 2007 fourth round draft pick that turned into John Bowie.

Dillon played three seasons with the Patriots. He was acquired in a deal for a 2004 second round pick that turned into Madieu Williams.

We’ll see if this experiment will work out for New England like the gambles worked out with Moss and Dillon.

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