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Did Antonio Brown game the system?

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    The Steelers traded Antonio Brown to the Raiders for a 3rd round and 5th round pick. So the future hall of fame wide receiver, who still has 2-5 years left of elite playing ability left in him just went for the same trade price tag as a mid range talent. That's a steal for the Raiders.

    On the face of it, all reports say this went down because Brown was so toxic for the Steelers franchise and locker room that they ultimately just wanted him out. That, coupled with him wanting more money. Which has been leading a lot of people to ask the question - Did Antonio Brown work the system here? Was there more than meets the eye with this trade?

    I think so.

    Brown just finished the last year of his contract that guaranteed him money. So he was about to enter the new season making less than any other elite wide receiver, if he were to have stayed quiet and continued on with his deal with Pitt. But with this trade to the Raiders, suddenly Brown keeps his contract and gets another $30 million added to his pockets in guaranteed money.

    And all that happened was Antonio threw several fits throughout the season, he trolled and fought with his quarterback Big Ben. And he asked for more money. He went on social media and pulled a lot of stunts there too.

    This sets a template. Even if all of this happened organically, which I don't think so, all an elite player has to do now to work around the CBA rules where players generally get screwed when their guaranteed money expires is become 'toxic' in the locker room and become so annoying to their franchise that they are willing to trade you away, apparently at any cost. Because a 3rd and 5th rounder for Brown is a joke.

    I think the Steelers will be fine from this. They have really good receivers still on their team. And then look at the Raiders. That's even more interesting. They trade Amari Cooper away to the Cowboys and get a low end 1st round pick. And then they turn around and get arguably the best receiver in the game, an upgrade from Amari no doubt talent wise, for a 3rd and 5th. So they still have 3 1st round draft picks AND Antonio Brown. They look really really crafty right now.

    Maybe it's all luck. Or maybe players, coaches and agents are figuring out how to game teams and make contracts happen by playing new kinds of games. I doubt this is the last time we see this go down. Just wait for when OBJ in New York decides its time to make more money.

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    He did game the system and I say good for him. Its one of the few tools players have until the CBA gets reworked. I'm on his side on this one. I think he will be less dominant in Oakland and will miss Big Ben. But he got paid and still should be really productive.
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    This guy just doesn't know when to stop being a diva.. He (apparently) get's his way by doing what you said above, but then just keeps going with the drama. The Raiders dropped him this morning for it. What exactly is he trying to accomplish by doing all this? You'd think if it was really all about not wanting to be with the Steelers or Ben anymore that he'd calm down after the trade. Nope..

    Shows up to practice in a hot air balloon..

    Gets frostbite from chyro chamber (could have been accident, I guess)

    Doesn't show up to practices

    Threatens to punch Mike Mayock (GM)

    Records conversations with team staff and puts it on youtube

    Claims he wants to be released from Raiders

    Raiders release him this morning..


    I just don't understand what he is trying to do here.

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    What's crazy is this cost him over $29 million. From what I'm seeing he only got a $1 million signing bonus but will lose out on all the rest of his guaranteed money from this.

    No team will pay him big after this. Best he can hope for is a few million tops with some performances bonuses IF he can manage to shut up, calm down and just play. Great talent for sure. But he just tanked his career. And for what looks like absolutely nothing. Massive, massive ego on this guy.

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    Wow. I was just proven immediately wrong. The Patriots quickly signed AB to a one year deal worth up to $15m, with $9m signing bonus. So Brown still left a lot of money on the table. But I would guess he is still pretty pleased to go play for team that could very likely be a Super Bowl repeat.

    That Pats have a long history of signing wide receivers that were major diva drama machines other places, and settling them down and getting a lot of them - Randy Moss being the best example. Also Chad Ocho Cinco. And they went for Josh Gordon last year. Still have him. And add to that now Antonio Brown. Talent wise it has to be the best WR lineup in the league now I think. Julian Edelman is still there. James White out of the back field. They would be ultra stacked if Gronk didn't just retire.. I imagine that was part of the motivation here, to replace Gronk.

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    Dallasite Wrote:

    Wow. I was just proven immediately wrong. The Patriots quickly signed AB to a one year deal worth up to $15m, with $9m signing bonus. So Brown still left a lot of money on the table. But I would guess he is still pretty pleased to go play for team that could very likely be a Super Bowl repeat.

    That Pats have a long history of signing wide receivers that were major diva drama machines other places, and settling them down and getting a lot of them - Randy Moss being the best example. Also Chad Ocho Cinco. And they went for Josh Gordon last year. Still have him. And add to that now Antonio Brown. Talent wise it has to be the best WR lineup in the league now I think. Julian Edelman is still there. James White out of the back field. They would be ultra stacked if Gronk didn't just retire.. I imagine that was part of the motivation here, to replace Gronk.

    I don't think Brown is as big of a problem as someone like say, Rothlesburger would make him out to be. After all, Roth has his own drama and complaints from quite a few players, so it's hard to believe what all he says. But I don't know how well Brown is going to fit in with the Patriots. They're a team. I don't know if he'll be able to handle not being the star player like he was for the Steelers.

    Do you think it's a good fit and this will calm him down? He'd be incredibly dumb to blow this with the Pats.

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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    Do you think it's a good fit and this will calm him down? He'd be incredibly dumb to blow this with the Pats.

    I don't think he is a good fit anywhere right now. His ego is out of control. Saying that, New England has the best chance of any program to quiet him down.

    The real promise of a Super Bowl ring and the knowledge he is playing with arguably the best QB in the history of the sport is a good recipe for perspective for him. What is he going to do, blame Brady for not throwing him the ball enough? That'll be funny and no one will be on his side. What's he going to do, blame Belichick's coaching decisions? He'll again get laughed at.

    If he wants to be taken seriously at all, he can't throw the QB, owner, coach or teammates under the bus with this team. He will have to just take advantage of his 3rd chance. He might be too far gone to do that. I honestly don't know what will happen. If he goes off for 100+ yards every game that won't surprise me. If he punches Belichick in the face that won't surprise me either.