Jacksonville. Now 29, might the Raiders stil

Jacksonville. Now 29, might the Raiders stil

Postautor: elaine95 » 11 lis 2019, o 05:31

ALAMEDA P.J. Hall Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Randy Moss. Josh Gordon. And now Antonio Brown.A dozen years after Bill Belichick took a chance on Moss when the talented but troubled diva had worn out his welcome in Oakland, the Patriots picked up Brown on Saturday hours after he was released by the Raiders without ever playing a game for them.Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed to The Associated Press that the four-time All-Pro receiver has agreed to terms with New England, going from the NFL’s cellar to the defending Super Bowl champions despite talking and tweeting his way out of two teams in one offseason.Brown had been scheduled to earn up to $50 million from Oakland over the three-year deal. Instead, the Patriots guaranteed him $9 million this season, with the potential to earn as much as $15 million.If Brown can behave, he would make up for the loss of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who retired at the age of 29. After the signing was reported, New England became the oddsmakers’ favorite to win the Super Bowl.A Patriots spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The deal was first reported by ESPN, and it became Instagram official minutes later when Brown posted a photoshopped picture of himself in a Patriots uniform . The post was soon liked by New England receiver Julian Edelman, who already was sharing quarterback Tom Brady’s attention with one troublemaking receiver, Josh Gordon.But Belichick has a history of gambling on other teams’ problems — or at least bringing them in at little cost — to give them a second, third or fourth chance.In 2007, the Patriots acquired Moss after both Minnesota and Oakland tired of his attitude. He caught an NFL-record 23 touchdown passes in his first season and gave New England three straight seasons of 1 Johnny Townsend Jersey ,000 receiving yards to rehabilitate a career that landed him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Belichick also took a chance in 2004 on running back Corey Dillon, who had fallen out of favor in Cincinnati; he ran for 1,635 yards and helped New England win its third Super Bowl in four seasons. (Some other moves, like Albert Haynesworth, didn’t work out.)Gordon dragged Cleveland through a series of suspensions before the Browns traded him to the Patriots last September. Belichick was rewarded with 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns before Gordon was suspended Dec. 20 for violating the league’s drug policy.New England opens the season against the Steelers on Sunday night, when the Patriots will raise their sixth Super Bowl championship banner. Brown is not eligible to be officially signed until Monday, but even his presence on the Patriots’ sideline adds a new wrinkle to his tumultuous tenure in Pittsburgh.A four-time All-Pro who caught 837 passes over nine seasons with the Steelers, the team tired of Brown’s antics and traded him to Oakland in March. But he never made it onto the field in a Raiders uniform.Instead of providing them with a marquee star in their final season in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas, Brown gave them months of headaches, from a bizarre foot injury to a fight over his helmet to the blowups this week that ended his career there before it began.The Raiders granted the disgruntled but talented receiver his Saturday morning, two days before their season opener.“We just exhausted everything,” coach Jon Gruden. “We tried every way possible to make it work. All I’m going to say is, it’s disappointing.”Brown asked for the release after he was upset about his latest team fine over an outburst during practice at general manager Mike Mayock. That fine allowed the Raiders to void more than $29 million in guarantees over the next two years in Brown’s contract if he wasn’t on the team.The Raiders traded two mid-round draft picks to Pittsburgh for the game’s most prolific receiver and gave him a three-year contract worth $50.1 million that now is void; Brown could still file a grievance to recover the guaranteed money.The moves on Saturday follow a week in which Brown posted a letter on social media detailing $54,000 in fines for missing team activities. (ESPN reported that he would be fined $215,073 for conduct detrimental to the team.)Brown was banished for one day Reggie Nelson Jersey , then returned to the team and apologized in a meeting and in a brief public statement. Gruden said the plan was for Brown to play in the opener Monday night against Denver, but that changed after Brown requested and was granted his release.“It’s been crazy,” Oakland receiver Tyrell Williams said. “We feel how everybody else feels. It’s been wild, it’s been crazy, it’s been unexpected. But we’re going to go out there and play regardless. He made that decision. We’re going to go out there and play how we’re going to play.”The Raiders had been counting on Brown to spark an offense that lacked playmakers a year ago. Brown had 686 catches and 9,145 yards receiving the past six seasons in Pittsburgh, the best marks ever for a receiver in a six-year span.But now they must move on without him.“It’s been an emotional thing for me,” Gruden said. “I was very hopeful about what he could bring here. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. He’s a good guy. He’s misunderstood by a lot of people but he’s a good guy, a great player and I hope he gets what he’s looking for.” It’s the Friday before the start of free agency and it’s been a bloodbath. No team was more of a slasher than the Jaguars, who released several big former free agent additions in cost cutting..."It’s the Friday before the start of free agency and it’s been a bloodbath. No team was more of a slasher than the Jaguars, who released several big former free agent additions in cost cutting moves.The Jaguars announced five players were cut today, several of whom come at positions the Raiders figure to be looking to bolster this offseason.The key players released were defensive tackle Malik Jackson, safety Tashaun Gipson, right tackle Jermey Parnell Kolton Miller Jersey , and running back Carlos Hyde.Three years ago when Jackson was a free agent from the Broncos, the Raiders went after him hard. They were one of three teams along with the Eagles and Jaguars who were vying for Jackson, but the Jags gave him a monster deal and he naturally signed. He had 18.0 sacks over three seasons in Jacksonville. Now 29, might the Raiders still be interested?Safety is a position the Raiders have not been shy about saying they will look to add talent. The safety market is flush with safeties as it is and Gipson adds to that. The 28-year-old has been a full time starter for the Jaguars and Browns over the past six seasons, including making the Pro Bowl in 2014.Parnell has started 57 games the past four season with the Jaguars. Right tackle is a major need for the Raiders. Third round rookie Brandon Parker had a rough go of it last season and a veteran starter would be a smart idea. Parnell is 32, so he would certainly not be a long term answer, but rather competition at the position in the short term.The Jags just sent a 5th round pick to Cleveland for Hyde midway through last season. He looked a lot better for the Browns than he did for the Jags. The 28-year-old will catch on somewhere. The Raiders currently have no starting running backs with both Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin about to become free agents. Certainly, the Raiders aren’t simply going to be going after every player out there at every position they need. When it comes to free agency, though, the more the merrier. If another team signs one of these guys, they are less likely to be in on the bidding for a player the Raiders ARE interested in. Also consider, these players can sign with a club right now. They don’t need to wait until the open of free agency March 13.Follow @LeviDamien
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