It’s been quite a whirlwind for the Oakland Raiders and receiver Antonio Brown.
After a feud with general manager Mike Mayock which led to a fine, Brown asked for a release from the Raiders. His wish was granted on Saturday afternoon.
Then — as if the last 48 hours weren’t crazy enough — Brown signed with the New England Patriots. It’s a one year deal worth up to $15 million with a $9 million signing bonus.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is under a lot of heat over the past week. And now, he offers a short response to Brown signing with the Patriots.
“I wish him the best,” Gruden said, via Jerry McDonald.
Jon Gruden's reaction to Antonio Brown signing with Patriots, via text: `I wish him the best.' #Raiders
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) September 7, 2019
As expected, his response is short — just like Brown’s time with Oakland.
After Gruden became the Raiders’ head coach, Oakland traded away All-Pro linebacker Khalil Mack and receiver Amari Cooper. Both players have had ample success with their new teams.
Then, Gruden took a chance on Brown. The star receiver missed workouts and practices and got into it with the GM. But Gruden failed to discipline him as many thought he should have.
He was even planning on playing Brown on Monday Night Football. But the Raiders’ upper management took control of the situation and let the star receiver go after Brown requested a release.
Now, with the season getting underway on Sunday, everyone turns their eyes to the field.
Can Gruden and the Raiders put together a successful season?