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Insider Reveals How Some Patriots Reacted To Antonio Brown Decision

Antonio Brown on the Patriots sideline.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 15: Antonio Brown #17 of the New England Patriots looks on prior to the game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Not everyone in New England was reportedly a fan of the Patriots' decision to cut ties with Antonio Brown on Friday night.

Brown, who signed a one-year deal in New England following his release in Oakland, was cut by the Patriots on Friday, hours after he allegedly sent threatening text messages to an accuser.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that some of the Patriots players were not fans of the team's decision to do this.


The decision to release Brown was led by owner Robert Kraft, sources say, sparked by the text messages that came to light Friday and by the thought that the end was not near. Several players privately voiced their displeasure that the move was made, as Brown had made a positive impression on teammates in a short time. He did things in practice no one else could do.

When Brown first landed in New England, he signed a contract with $10 million guaranteed -- $9 million in a signing bonus. While he earned two game checks, the first check for $5 million of his signing bonus was due Monday, Sept. 23.

It's not surprising that Brown made a positive impact on some of his Patriots teammates. The same thing appeared to happen in Oakland.

However, it's also not surprising that the Patriots decided to cut him following his decision to send those text messages.

Brown probably won't end up on an NFL roster anytime soon, either. Multiple teams have reportedly contacted Brown, though likely won't make a move until his legal situation plays out.