|Antonio Brown says he's done playing in NFL|
Clown show continues
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 22, 9:30 am
|Will not be playing in the @NFL anymore these owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime we will see if the @NFLPA hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up ! Antonio Brown (Antonio Brown on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Antonio Clown can't stay off social media and has no grasp of punctuation but continues to try and get his thoughts and feelings out to the masses. Despite him claiming he's done with the NFL, fantasy owners should be probably hang on to him until something official comes down from the league regarding their investigation.
|Antonio Brown out in New England|
Patriots release star receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 20, 4:15 pm
|Patriots statement: “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.” (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The latest nonsense with Brown involving threatening texts to a woman was enough for the Patriots to cut ties. The AB circus continues but this time it's difficult seeing another team taking a chance on him at this time. Brown lasted 11 days in New England.
|Antonio Brown accused of sexual assault|
Former trainer speaks out against AB
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Sep 10, 8:10 pm
|In the lawsuit, a copy of which was reviewed by ESPN, Brown's former trainer, Britney Taylor, accuses the newly signed New England Patriots receiver of sexually assaulting her on three separate occasions in 2017 and '18. Brown's lawyer, Darren Heitner, said in a statement Tuesday night that the receiver and Taylor were involved in a "consensual personal relationship. Any sexual interaction with Mr. Brown was entirely consensual." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Shocking, or not so shockingly there's more news about Antonio Brown. This time, it's much more serious in nature. There's been no response by the Patriots or the league at this point. Stay tuned...
|Jets acquire WR Demaryius Thomas|
Patriots get 2021 sixth-round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Sep 9, 4:00 pm
|One day after coach Adam Gase's public criticism of the team, the New York Jets traded for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and changed kickers for the third time since training camp -- a mini-shake-up that sends a message to the locker room. The Jets acquired Thomas from the New England Patriots for a 2021 sixth-round pick, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: So, you trade a pick to your division rival for an aging wide receiver coming off an Achilles injury? Interesting. The Patriots cut Thomas on final cut-down day then brought him back at a reduced cost. He was expendable given the acquisition of Antonio Brown. This moves doesn't do much for Thomas' fantasy value. The only receivers to consider in New York are Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson.
|Pats sign Antonio Brown, one-year deal|
$15 million that includes $9 million signing bonus
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Sep 7, 5:15 pm
|Antonio Brown has agreed to terms with the Patriots, per Drew Rosenhaus. Here’s the deal, per Antonio Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus: It is a one-year contract worth up to $15 million that includes a $9 million signing bonus. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Well, that didn't take long. Given Brown's propensity for drama it's fair to wonder how many games he will actually play in New England but for now this a huge boost for the Pats offense overall. Brown won't be eligible to play until Week 2, which is too bad considering the Pats play the Steelers Sunday night. The Pats now sport a starting WR corps of AB, Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon.
|Raiders release Antonio Brown|
Agent: Focused on future and signing with new team
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Sep 7, 12:10 pm
|The Oakland Raiders have announced they've released wide receiver Antonio Brown and will be a free agent at 4:01 p.m. ET Saturday. The move comes after Brown asked to be released by the team in an Instagram post earlier Saturday. The Pro Bowl wide receiver said this is his stance after the team "took away my [contract] guarantees." He added: "no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: You seriously have to wonder about Brown's mental health at this point. On the football side, you might think any team would be foolish to sign a player with this much drama but it will be hard from GMs to pass on his talent. More to come on this situation I'm sure. Stay tuned...
|Antonio Brown circus continues|
Raiders void guarantees, AB asks for release
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Sep 7, 9:25 am
|I just got an email from Antonio Brown. He tells me the team “took away my guarantees.” He added there’s “no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week.” So at this moment, once again, don’t expect AB to play on Monday Night Football. (Jeff Darlington on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Well, that didn't take long. Just a day after Antonio Brown apologized to his teammates and was welcomed back by the origination he posted a video on YouTube of a phone call between him an Jon Gruden, then posted a note on Instagram seeming asking for his release. AB is reportedly upset after the Raiders fined him for his outburst against GM Mike Mayock. No word yet if the Raiders plan to release him, but it's difficult to see him suiting up anytime soon.
|Antonio Brown set to play in Week 1|
Back at practice Friday after apology
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 6, 1:45 pm
|Raiders head coach said Antonio Brown is back, and the plan is for him to play Monday night. (Scott Blair on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jon Gruden just announced to the media that Antonio Brown is back at practice on Friday and is expected to play on Monday night. Wow. Assuming no other blowups occur between now and gametime, AB owners can safely start him. Brown reportedly issued an apology to the team this morning which was apparently was good enough for Mike McCoy to hold off on any potential suspension. AB dodged a bullet here, but moving forward, he's obviously on thin ice.
|Antonio Brown unlikely to play in opener|
Unclear if he will be suspended or made inactive
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 5, 8:25 pm
|Sources: The Raiders are not planning to have WR Antonio Brown for Week 1. It’s not clear if it’s a suspension or if he’ll be merely inactive. But those are their plans. He likely will stay away from the team. (NFL Network - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: It's hard to quantify the knucklehead factor. At this point, AB's fantasy owners should be praying all he gets is a one-game suspension and willing to toe the company line when he returns. It's entirely possible he gets released, as most general managers tend to frown on their players challenging them to a fight after getting fined. There will be more updates, and it probably goes without saying there will probably be more drama as well.
|Tensions rise between Antonio Brown and OAK GM|
Hard Knocks left too soon
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Sep 5, 12:30 pm
|The Next Chapter: Antonio Brown and GM Mike Mayock got into it Wednesday, and the team is now planning to suspend its star wide receiver, league sources tell ESPN. Antonio Brown posted the fine letter on social media that Raiders’ GM Mike Mayock sent him. It led to an exchange, which is now leading to further discipline. This is not going away anytime soon. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hard Knocks left too soon. The team hasn't officially announced any discipline for AB but this obviously isn't good news. Brown was fined for missing part of training camp then promptly posted his fine letter on social media. AB's risk factors in fantasy are starting to rear their ugly head.
|Antonio Brown files another grievance|
Embattled star WR still wants to use "his" helmet
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 20, 8:16 am
|ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) via Twitter: "Per source, Antonio Brown has filed a new grievance against the NFL over its attempt to prevent him from wearing any Schutt AiR Advantage helmet less than 10 years old." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's hard to say if or when Brown is going to drop this, but there's almost no chance he wins his fight. It's time (once again) to drop him a few spots on the draft boards. His career with the Raiders couldn't be off to a worse start, and not out of the realm of possibility that it never takes off.
|Antonio Brown back at practice Monday|
Helmet drama takes a rest
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 19, 7:30 pm
|Per source, Antonio Brown returned to the Raiders and attended practice today. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Oh, thank heavens. Normally, this kind of thing wouldn't be headline news, but Brown being at practice this summer has been a bit of a rarity after suffering frostbite on his feet and going back and forth with the league about not being able to wear his old helmet. The sad part is Brown's off-field missteps have completely overshadowed the fact he is one of the game's best and hardest-working players. Such unpredictability has rightfully dropped him into the third round of many drafts.
| Antonio Brown to return to camp|
Raiders WR loses helmet grievance, will join team
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 13, 8:46 am
|Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) on Twitter: "Antonio Brown will be back at the Raiders’ facility in Napa today, per source." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Schefter's source doesn't say anything about how the frostbitten feet are holding out, but that will probably shake out in camp. For now, it looks like Brown's ADP should stop plummeting as he joins the rest of his team.
|AB upset he can't wear preferred helmet|
Antonio Brown making friends in Oakland
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Aug 9, 3:00 pm
|Wide receiver Antonio Brown has told the Oakland Raiders that unless he can wear his old helmet, he will not play football again, league sources told ESPN on Friday.
League sources told ESPN that Brown had a two-hour conference call with league officials on Friday in an attempt to argue why he should be allowed to wear his 10-year-old helmet. The Raiders have been sending Brown other approved helmets to wear but, at this time, he is not interested in wearing any of them. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Word is leaking that Brown's recent absence from Raiders training camp has more to due with this helmet issue than the problem with his feet. I'm positive we haven't heard the last of this story. Brown is the dictionary definition of a diva wide receiver making him a risky prospect in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.
| Antonio Brown considered day-to-day|
After seeing foot specialist
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Aug 4, 9:45 am
|After seeing a foot specialist yesterday because of the issues that have kept him off the practice field, #Raiders WR Antonio Brown is considered day-to-day, source said. That was the expectation, but still positive. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown has only practiced once during camp and given he's trying to get adjusted to a new team and offense, this is a situation to monitor. This issue may cause him to miss more camp time but it doesn't appear at the moment to threaten his status for Week 1.