On Friday afternoon, the New England Patriots released star wide receiver Antonio Brown.
After just over a week on the team, Brown’s alleged text messages to his accuser were his undoing in New England. According to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko, Brown sent “threatening” messages to a woman who accused him of sexual assault.
Just a few hours after the report came out, Brown is looking for a new team.
After his release, everyone asked the same question: how much did the Patriots pay Brown?
It’s a complicated question to answer. Brown signed a one-year deal with the Patriots after his release from the Oakland Raiders. The deal included a $9 million signing bonus – which was to be paid in two installments, according to Andrew Brandt.
ESPN’s Field Yates said Brown received $158,333 for the team’s game against the Miami Dolphins.
If Antonio Brown does not wind up receiving his $9M signing bonus from the Patriots (the first $5M was due to be paid on Monday), he will go from a $30M guarantee in March to $9M guaranteed to just $158,333 made for 2019.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 20, 2019
Brown received one game check as a member of the team. However, he might not see the rest of his guaranteed money.
Like his contract with the Raiders, Brown’s contract with the Patriots likely held language allowing the team to void the deal.
It will be interesting to see how this saga plays out. Stay tuned for the latest on the developing situation.