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What Antonio Brown reportedly told Derek Carr upon return to Raiders camp

What Antonio Brown reportedly told Derek Carr upon return to Raiders camp

Tuesday finally was the day.

After spending almost two weeks away from the Raiders to get laser treatment for his frostbitten feet and sort out his helmet issues, Antonio Brown returned to Napa to be with his teammates at Raiders training camp.

The four-time All-Pro selection has more or less high-jacked training camp from the Raiders, taking the focus from an improving team and turning it on himself.

Reports trickled out that Brown might retire if the NFL didn't allow him to wear an uncertified helmet. Brown's grievance was denied and he returned to camp to continue to heal and be with his teammates, with his agent Drew Rosenhaus shooting down the retirement talk. Of course, Brown also wants to continue collecting on the $50 million contract he agreed to in March. That's also important. 

Upon his return to camp, the star wide receiver spoke with quarterback Derek Carr and reportedly showed how healthy their QB-WR relationship is. 

That right there shows the difference between AB's relationship with Carr and his relationship with Ben Roethlisberger.

Carr has been nothing but complimentary of Brown while the wide receiver was away in Miami, always harping on Brown's tireless work ethic and desire to help the Raiders be great.

[RELATED: AB drops gruesome foot injury details to 'Hard Knocks' crew']

Perhaps if Carr had been with Brown for as long as Roethlisberger was, his reaction would be a little more abrasive as the diva act starts to wear people thin.

But Carr, head coach Jon Gruden and the Raiders handled the entire situation perfectly. They know Brown, how he acts and how any sort of critique could send the receiver careening off the cliff and derail their season before it begins. Instead, Carr, Gruden and the rest of the Silver and Black offered their unconditional support, both with the feet ailment and the helmet drama. 

Now, AB is back and itching to don the silver and black for the first time knowing the organization has his back.

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

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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.

[RELATED: AB's pattern of disturbing behavior shows Raiders made right call]

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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