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Agent says Antonio Brown found 'happy ending' with helmet fight over

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Agent says Antonio Brown found 'happy ending' with helmet fight over

Antonio Brown is no longer fighting to wear the helmet he has always worn. The Raiders receiver said uncle on after losing a second grievance to wear the Schutt AiR Advantage, an outdated model that is essentially banned after recently failing a safety test.

“We’re going to move on,” Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio. “That door is closed.”

Brown certainly is disappointed in the independent arbitrator’s ruling and the resounding victory for the NFL and NFLPA, but comes out of the entire ordeal sporting a thousand-watt smile.

That’s because all this helmet drama has created a bidding war for his endorsement. Helmet companies are competing to build him a model designed to his specifications, and are willing to pay handsomely for that right.

“As a result of all the publicity accrued from our efforts to get him to wear that helmet, he has multiple offers on the table right now from various companies to custom-make a helmet for him and pay him quite a bit of money,” Rosenhaus said. “We have found, without getting into specifics, some very suitable alternatives. We’re very excited. Antonio will be wearing a helmet. He won’t be missing any time, and he’ll be getting paid a lot of money to do so. It’s sort of a happy ending, even though he won’t be able to wear the old helmet.”

Brown and Rosenhaus are excellent at turning an undesirable situation into something better, as they did by working a trade from Pittsburgh to the Raiders while securing a fat raise.

The receiver’s desire to wear his preferred helmet went on for a while, and though he didn’t win that battle, an endorsement deal’s a nice consolation prize.

And that should do it.

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Brown should just be focused on football at this point. His frostbitten feet have healed and his helmet fight is now over, with two weeks to practice and prep for the regular season opener against Denver.

“The helmet and the foot, all that is behind him now,” Rosenhaus said. “He’s entirely focused on football and is ready to have another prototype Antonio Brown season. He’s going to flourish with Jon Gruden and Derek Carr. I’m very excited for him moving forward.”

Second Raiders stadium site worker tests positive for coronavirus

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Second Raiders stadium site worker tests positive for coronavirus

A second person working at the Allegiant Stadium construction site tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to stadium officials commissioned to build the Raiders a new venue just off the Las Vegas Strip.

Mortensen-McCarthy, a joint venture leading the stadium construction effort, issued a statement Wednesday announcing the finding.

The statement, sent to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and other local media, said the company was notified Tuesday of the positive test. The worker, according to Mortensen-McCarthy, was on site for one week before leaving on April 2, prior to experiencing symptoms.

The company said the infected worker wasn’t close to others due to social-distancing measures implemented on the construction site. The worker is self-isolating and won’t return to work until medically cleared to do so. The company said the area where the worker was assigned was shut down and thoroughly sanitized.

The stadium site has strict guidelines for workers on site and sanitizing protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus for workers.

The first COVID-19 case from a stadium site worker was announced on March 25.

While Nevada has issued a stay-at-home directive, construction is considered an essential business and has continued despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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Allegiant Stadium is still expected to be ready for the 2020 Raiders season should it start on time. The coronavirus pandemic has put sports on hold, with no timeline for return. The NFL, however, currently is planning to start the season as scheduled.

The Raiders are set to play their first season in Las Vegas after spending previous seasons in Oakland and Los Angeles.

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NFL rumors: Ex-Raider DeAndre Washington, Chiefs agree to contract terms

NFL rumors: Ex-Raider DeAndre Washington, Chiefs agree to contract terms

DeAndre Washington reportedly is no longer a Raiders running back, but his old team will see him often in the 2020 NFL season. He agreed to a contract with the rival Kansas City Chiefs, Yahoo! Sports' Terez Paylor reported Tuesday citing a source, keeping the tough runner in the AFC West.

It also reunites Washington with great friend and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whom he played with at Texas Tech.

Washington served the Raiders well over the course of his rookie contract. The 2015 fifth-round draft pick was a steady reserve capable of shouldering a larger load if asked, a point he proved after Josh Jacobs was shut down late last season with a shoulder injury.

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He had 40 carries for 162 rushing yards and a touchdown in two straight games as a starter. Washington wasn’t expected back in 2020, with the Raiders looking for a different rushing style in reserve.

Washington and Jalen Richard are of similar stature and while they aren’t identical players, a greater contrast obviously is of benefit.

Washington enters a solid situation with the defending Super Bowl champs. Damien Williams is returning but LeSean McCoy is not, meaning there should be carries to earn with the Chiefs, even if he remains a secondary option.

All told, Washington had 282 carries for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns in his Raiders career.

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The Raiders carry on with Jacobs, Richard and Rod Smith as the primary options at running back. Another runner could be added in the NFL draft.