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Antonio Brown wants Raiders to release him after contract guarantees voided

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Antonio Brown wants Raiders to release him after contract guarantees voided

So much for Antonio Brown playing in the Raiders' season opener ...

The mercurial wide receiver woke up the NFL world Saturday morning with an Instagram post that ended with the message "release me @Raiders," and it didn't take long to find out why.

Brown emailed ESPN's Jeff Darlington and explained that the Raiders "took away my [contract] guarantees." Brown also told Darlington there's "no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders had fined Brown $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, over his Wednesday confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock. That allowed the Raiders to void the $29.125 million in contract guarantees they gave him when they acquired him from the Pittsburgh Steelers last offseason.

ESPN also reported that the Raiders told Brown he isn't entitled to termination pay if they release him. That means the team could cut ties and not pay Brown a dime.

Brown's request comes one day after he apologized to his Raiders teammates over the Mayock confrontation. Raiders coach Jon Gruden then said the plan was for Brown to play in Monday night's season opener against the Denver Broncos, and the receiver issued a short statement in which he said "I'm excited to be a part of the Raiders."

[RELATED: KD wanted to trade AB to Washington]

Later that night, Brown bizarrely posted a video that included a private phone conversation with Gruden, with this telling exchange:

Gruden: "Let me ask you this: Do you want to be a Raider or not?"

Brown: "Man, I've been trying to be a Raider since Day 1. I've been f---ing working my ass off harder than anyone. I don't know why it's a question of me being a Raider. It's like, do you guys want me to be a Raider?"

Gruden: "Please stop this s--t and just play football. How hard is that? You're a great football player. Just play football."

Brown: "I'm more than just a football player, man. It ain't about the football. I know I can do that. I show you guys that on the daily. This is my life. Ain't no more games."

But the games were just beginning, and Brown now wants to take his elsewhere.

Raiders featured in eight of NFL's '100 Greatest Plays', including No. 1

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Raiders featured in eight of NFL's '100 Greatest Plays', including No. 1

Who doesn’t love an anniversary?

As the NFL celebrates 100 years of existence, the league has released its list of the top 100 plays from its first century.

The Oakland Raiders are involved in eight of the plays on the list, including seven of them that made it into the top 30. 

Most of the Raiders’ appearances in the countdown are positive plays for the team, but several -- including the No. 1 play in NFL history -- might leave some nostalgic fans in a somber mood

You can see each clip below, with the exception of No. 61, featuring Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Brown.

[RELATED: Five Raiders to watch in Week 3: All eyes on Josh Jacobs]

Maybe the 2019 version of the Raiders can be inspired by all of this past success, as they prepare to face off with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.

Antonio Brown drawing NFL teams' interest after Patriots release, agent says

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Antonio Brown drawing NFL teams' interest after Patriots release, agent says

Antonio Brown is radioactive at the moment, but that won't stop NFL teams from thinking about adding him.

A day after the Patriots cut the embattled wide receiver, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he's already spoken to teams that are interested in signing Brown.

Schefter later went on to report that the belief is that no deal will happen until the NFL has concluded its investigation into the sexual assault allegations levied against Brown.

Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that Brown sent "intimidating" text messages to a women accusing him of unwanted sexual advances.

Those text messages enraged Patriots owner Robert Kraft so much that he called coach Bill Belichick Friday morning and the two decided it was time to release Brown.

In the span of six months, Brown has worn out his welcome with the Steelers, Raiders and Patriots because of his behavior.

[RELATED: AB counts as dead money for three teams]

But it shouldn't surprise anyone that teams are lining up to sign Brown. In the NFL, talent always wins out. If a player can help a team win, he will get a contract, no matter what he's done.

In Brown's case, it's not a matter of if a team signs him, but when.