So many factors went into Antonio Brown’s release by the Patriots on Friday. It would be stunning if he draws interest from any other teams as the league’s investigation continues. His time in the NFL might be over. As much as Brown’s stellar career has been overshadowed and besmirched by his recent behavior as a player and allegations of his actions as a person, the Patriots also have had their image tarnished in a short but ugly marriage. The team probably recognized that when it cut ties after Brown suited up for one game, contributing plenty in a 43-0 demolition of what the Miami Dolphins have turned into. New England would have been on the hook for Brown’s entire $9 million salary (and possibly more) for 2019 had he been placed on the NFL’s commissioner’s exempt list. He couldn’t have practiced or played for the team, but as the league’s investigation continued, he would have been in a lucrative limbo — at New England’s expense. There also was the very real specter of the league suspending Brown for violating its personal conduct penalty. That also would have stripped the Patriots of the talents they so quickly signed despite the furor… Read full this story
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