Just hours after the Oakland Raiders released Antonio Brown, the star wide receiver has a new team. The New England Patriots have signed Brown to a one-year deal worth $15 million with a $9 million signing bonus.
The first question most fans are asking – can Brown suit up for the Patriots against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night? The answer, unfortunately, is no.
Since the Raiders released Brown on Saturday, he wasn’t able to sign with another team until 4:00 PM ET. Even though he signed with another team quickly, we’re already passed the deadline for Sunday rosters. That deadline was also 4:00 PM ET.
Since NFL teams can’t make transactions on Sunday, the deal itself won’t even be official until Monday. So if the Patriots were playing the Steelers on Monday, they’ be able to play him. But they’re not – they’re playing on Sunday night.
Antonio Brown will not be able to face the Steelers tomorrow night. As explained earlier, there are no NFL transactions on Sundays. He can’t officially be signed by the Patriots until Monday.
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Regardless, Brown should be available for the Patriots for the rest of the season. It’s quite an ending to a wild week for Brown.
After Brown was cut by the Raiders, most sports books had the Patriots as the odds-on favorite to land his services. They turned out to be right.
Brown’s first game as a Patriot will likely come against the Dolphins in Miami on September 15.