GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 15: Open receiver Antonio Brown # 84 of the Oakland Raiders warms up before the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian
If Antonio Brown ever uses silver and black after the start of an NFL game it doesn't matter.
He has finished.
It's over with the Oakland Raiders.
He has finished in the NFL.
He did as someone you can take seriously while looking for championships, which means he won't experience most of that three-year deal he signed in March with the Raiders for $ 54 million with $ 30,125 million guaranteed.
He will continue to do crazy things to force even this historically lenient franchise to push him out the door.
It is better for the Raiders to do it sooner rather than later.
Then, with Brown looking for another fool, it would be wise for the other 31 teams in the league to ignore a guy who can take a mallet for team chemistry with his tongue.
If you don't believe what I think about the owner of seven trips to the Pro Bowl in nine seasons with the Steelers before he complains about Pittsburgh, then you're probably among the naive people who think he'll play at least a little Monday night when the Raiders open their season at home against the Denver Broncos.
"That's the plan," Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters on Friday before practice in Alameda, California, where he insisted his talented but problematic open receiver will start despite missing most of the Training camp for the weirdest reasons. "We are really excited about (Brown returning to the team). Ready to move. Obviously he has had plenty of time to think about things. We are happy to have him back, and I know Raider Nation is also excited about that."
Yes for the moment.
In seconds AB (Antonio Brown), it is an eternity between now and Monday night on the west coast.
So Brown has a lot of time to do it. . .
Get freezing again on the bottom of both feet after another trip to France for cryotherapy.
Complain a little more about having to change from your 10 year old town to one of the many used by everyone else in the league for security reasons.
Call another Raiders officer "a cracker" or something in the middle of profanity for any reason.
Find his version in the Raiders of Ben Roethlisberger, the future member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame for the Steelers, who became a Brown target at the end of his stay in Pittsburgh after the quarterback hurt his feelings complaining about one of Brown's pass routes.
Fill in the blank.
That said, Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN this week that Brown learned his lesson, and I guess it was because the agent recalled that his share of his client's guaranteed money is at stake.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 15: Open receiver Antonio Brown # 84 of the Oakland Raiders speaks with general manager Mike Mayock before the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona.
Then came Brown's apology on Friday from nowhere.
After days, weeks and months of Brown's tired reality show called "Like Antonio Whines," he asked his teammates in tears to forgive him for his antics. He said everything is fine with respect to his feelings towards everyone involved with the Raiders, including general manager Mike Mayock, who was subject to Brown's wrath (see above on "cracker") after Mayock sent Brown a letter announcing fines of $ 54,000 for missing a large part of the training camp.
Brown posted the letter on Instagram, and when he saw Mayock before Wednesday's practice, well, you know the rest.
It was ugly.
The Raiders spent most of Thursday debating whether to suspend Brown for conduct harmful to the team. They decided to give it a rest. He would have lost much of his guaranteed money, but you know what?
Since Brown's reality show always gets bigger and wild than before, the Raiders would have gained peace of mind.
To translate, the Raiders ruined it.