Antonio Brown’s release from the Patriots could be ‘kiss of death’
Antonio Brown was surprisingly released out of the blue on Friday afternoon by the New England Patriots. It was a move that was unexpected by most, but the writing was on the wall with all of the accusations of sexual assault and other issues surrounding the superstar wide receiver.
Adam Schefter of ESPN had a strong take about Brown’s release, stating that it could be a “kiss of death” for Brown’s career in the NFL.
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New England had given Brown another chance after a horrific short tenure with the Oakland Raiders. When the Raiders made the move to release the disgruntled receiver, the Patriots hopped on it quickly and gave him a one-year contract. Now, it will be interesting to see if another team takes a risk on him.
With the NFL investigating the sexual assault allegations, Brown could find himself on the Commissioner’s Exempt List if he does end up signing a new deal.
The Patriots will move forward with Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman, and Phillip Dorsett as their top receivers. N’Keal Harry, the team’s first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is also expected back at some point this season. Brown simply didn’t fit into the picture with all of the outside pressure the team was facing because of him.
All of that being said, Brown is hoping to land with a new team in the near future. His agent has made it clear that Brown is looking to play and it will be interesting to see if his Patriots’ release impacts his future.