- Antonio Brown’s former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger responded “whatever” when asked about Brown’s signing to the New England Patriots.
- Tom Brady reportedly told Antonio Brown to move in with him until he was settled in New England.
- Randy Moss also transitioned from the Raiders to the Patriots in 2007.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The New England Patriots just took a page out of the Golden State Warriors’ book. In signing star wide receiver Antonio Brown after his release from the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, the Patriots have added a top-five, generational talent to a defending championship team. Some would say that’s a bevy of riches.
Although Brown left money on the table in Oakland, he’s clearly pleased with the riches he was able to secure in a contract with New England, a one-year deal worth up to $15M that includes a $9M signing bonus.
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The NFL’s reigning receiving touchdown king joins a wide receiver stable that will undoubtedly give defensive backs nightmares throughout the entire league. Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Demaryius Thomas, and Phillip Dorsett already provide an impressive array of air-weapons for Tom Brady and it showed in their 33-3 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC in the first Sunday Night Football game of the year.
Dorsett, who may be the least heralded of the receiving core, caught four receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Edelman was the consummate workhorse as always reeling in six catches for 83 yards and Gordon chipped in a few big plays on three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.
The acquisition of Brown doesn’t just put the cherry on top of the depth chart for the Patriots; it also shortens their division, conference, and Super Bowl title odds.
The Patriots have put a stranglehold on their favor to win the AFC East at -1400, the AFC at +200 and their odds to win Super Bowl LIV at +375 at US online betting sites.
The expectations are high and rightfully so. The last time the Patriots acquired a wide receiver of Brown’s stature and status, they’d traded for Hall of Famer Randy Moss. Moss went on to set the all-time record for touchdown receptions in a single year (23) and nearly helped the Patriots reach perfection in Super Bowl XLII.
If the Patriots can stay healthy and keep defenses honest with a decent running game, their offense will surely be a scary sight all year long. The Pats travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins in Week 2. Given the fact that Miami’s defense was absolutely obliterated by Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, we should all expect New England’s offensive cup to runneth over come 1 p.m. EST Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium.
Vince is a longtime sports writer, marketer, and content creator who has experience on both the collegiate and professional level. After graduating from Florida A&M University with Broadcast Journalism and Sport Management degrees, Vince interned as a product marketer for Turner Sports and the NBA.