Oakland Raiders release former CMU Chip Antonio Brown
Sept. 07, 2019
The Oakland Raiders have announced they've released wide receiver Antonio Brown, which will make him a free agent.
"Now that Antonio is a free agent, we are focused on the future and I will immediately work on signing him to a new team," Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus said in a statement. "Antonio is looking forward to a new beginning."
The move comes after Brown asked to be released by the team in an Instagram post earlier Saturday.
The Pro Bowl wide receiver said this is his stance after the team "took away my [contract] guarantees." He added: "no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week."
The Raiders fined Brown $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, league sources told Schefter on Saturday.
By fining Brown, the Raiders voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in his deal, sources told Schefter.
In addition, the Raiders sent Brown a letter stating that he no longer will be entitled to termination pay in the event that they release him, sources told Schefter.
As a result, Brown would have been playing on a week-to-week basis with both his guaranteed money voided and lack of termination pay.
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