NFL rumors: Antonio Brown's helmet at center of 'disconnect' with Raiders

NFL rumors: Antonio Brown's helmet at center of 'disconnect' with Raiders

Antonio Brown has an issue but it's not one a pediatrist can solve.

Brown only has taken part in one training camp practice due to a reported case of "extreme frostbite" on his feet, but the Raiders receiver's issues apparently go well beyond some blisters and peeling skin.

Brown reportedly has "troubled" the Raiders for a while due to a fixation to wear a helmet that no longer is approved by the NFL,'s Mike Silver reported Friday, citing sources.

In a multi-tweet thread Silver told a story of how Brown's issue with the new league mandate to wear helmets that are NOCSAE certified has led to a "disconnect" with the team.

The helmet, which Brown wore during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers is no longer NOCSAE certified and that caused Brown to leave an OTA day in frustration after he asked for his old helmet and was told he couldn't have it.

Sources told Silver that Brown's displeasure with the rule could be "playing a role" in the seven-time Pro Bowler's choice to stay away from Napa.

According to Silver, Brown tried to sneak his old helmet onto the field both at OTAs and at the start of training camp before being told he was not allowed to wear that model. Brown has railed against the rules, citing that quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers get to wear helmets that also have not passed the impact test.

A report surfaced Wednesday that Brown had gone "radio silent" with the Raiders, and that appears to be the case.

Brown also has had issues with being late to meetings and paying attention during them, Silver reported.

A source told Silver the bigger issue, obviously, is with Brown's feet, his helmet fixation and his going AWOL.

The Raiders star receiver has filed a grievance against the NFL in order to wear the helmet that he wants and not one that is mandated by the league, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday, citing league sources. Schefter also reported that Brown's training camp absence has more to do with the helmet than his feet.

Brown is set to have a hearing as early as next week, per Schefter.

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The Raiders have been putting on a good face in front of the cameras, but it appears AB hasn't been the good soldier they have been trumpeting.

NFL rumors: Raiders made 'substantive inquiries' on Jalen Ramsey trade


NFL rumors: Raiders made 'substantive inquiries' on Jalen Ramsey trade

Through two games, the Raiders have allowed the most yards passing in the league. Facing reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the Chiefs' explosive offensive doesn't help, but still.

You know what could help? A 24-year-old All-Pro cornerback in his prime who wants his current team to trade him. 

Jalen Ramsey wants out of Jacksonville and the Raiders could be the perfect match. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Thursday that the Raiders are one of a handful of teams that have made "substantive inquiries" on a trade for Ramsey. 

Ramsey won't come cheap and likely will cost the Raiders one of their two first-round draft picks next year, but he's worth the hefty price tag. He can be a lot to handle, but so are most great cornerbacks. 

The former No. 5 overall draft pick is the true definition of a shutdown corner. He follows the opposing team's top receiver and causes chaos for a quarterback. Ramsey has nine interceptions in 50 career games and 45 passes defensed. 

With the Raiders moving to Las Vegas following this season, Ramsey already has expressed an interest in playing in Sin City in the past, too. 

[RELATED: Why Raiders should trade for Jalen Ramsey]

Though he's requested a trade, Ramsey is expected play Thursday night for the Jaguars against the Titans. A trade could soon be on the horizon, though. 

Buckle up, Raiders fans.

Former Raiders receiver Antonio Brown no longer Nike representative

Former Raiders receiver Antonio Brown no longer Nike representative

Antonio Brown has another reason to worry about his feet. No, he doesn't have extreme frost bite again. But he will be looking for new shoes. 

Nike has seen enough. The company told the Boston Globe that it cut ties with the former Raiders receiver Thursday. A Nike spokesperson declined to tell the newspaper the reasoning for the decision. 

The only statement Nike provided the Globe was “Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete.”

After a tumultuous offseason with the Raiders, the team released Brown the day before the regular season began. Brown signed with the Patriots hours later. His antics caused plenty of headaches for the Silver and Black, but they were not juvenile in nature. But recent allegations since his release show that might not always have been the case.

Days after Brown signed with the Patriots, his former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed a lawsuit against Brown alleging the star receiver sexually assaulted her three separate times, including "forcibly raping" her. Brown has denied these allegations.

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Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko recently did a deep dive on Brown that shows a pattern of disturbing behavior, including another report of sexual misconduct. 

Nike introduced the “Nike Tech Trainer Antonio Brown” shoe in early February, one month before the Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers for two NFL draft picks. The shoe was listed for $100, but no longer is seen on the company's website.

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