The amount of money that Antonio Brown, who was released on Friday by the New England Patriots, stands to lose this season is staggering.
Field Yates, an ESPN reporter, noted that if the wide receiver “does not wind up receiving his $9M signing bonus from the Patriots (the first $5M was due to be paid on Monday), he will go from a $30M guarantee in March to $9M guaranteed to just $158,333 made for 2019.”
When he was signed by the Oakland Raiders, Brown received a $30 million contract in guaranteed money. However, after a public feud with his coach and the team’s management, the Raiders released him before he was picked up by the Patriots in early September.
The Patriots signed him for a one-year deal reportedly worth $15 million, according to reports.
However, several women have come forward and accused Brown of sexual misconduct, which he has denied through a lawyer.
Brown would have to get signed by another team, which seems unlikely at this point as the NFL has reportedly begun an investigation into the allegations against him.
“The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown,” the team said in a statement. “We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”
Brown confirmed the release on Twitter, saying, “Thank you for the opportunity (Patriots) #GoWinIt.”
Meanwhile, Brown also lost a potentially lucrative deal with Nike earlier this week.
“Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete,” the Nike spokesman told USA Today. The company didn’t say why it no longer sponsors the New England Patriots star.
It comes as a former physical trainer, Britney Trainer, accused Brown of assault, which the NFL player has denied.
Meanwhile, there are no Antonio Brown sneakers available on Nike’s website, including his shoe, the “Nike Tech Trainer Antonio Brown.”
There are no Antonio Brown sneakers available on Nike’s website, including his shoe, the “Nike Tech Trainer Antonio Brown.”
Several of Brown’s jerseys are still available via Nike’s website, but they are the ones when he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders.
Brown had previously discussed his Nike deal on YouTube, saying, “I am getting a huge Nike deal, which is opening up leverage for a lot of other guys and a lot of up-and-coming players to get in the marketing world and making money off the field.”