Drew Rosenhaus

Former Raiders receiver Antonio Brown wants to play in NFL, agent says

Former Raiders receiver Antonio Brown wants to play in NFL, agent says

Antonio Brown says he's done playing in the NFL. His agent says otherwise. 

The former Raiders receiver tweeted Sunday that he wouldn't be playing in the NFL anymore. But his agent Drew Rosenhaus believes AB might have tweeted prematurely. 

"I believe that Antonio wants to continue his career in the NFL," Rosenhaus said on Warren Sapp's "99 Problems" podcast. "I have had discussions with a few teams that are very interested in him and want to know about his future and what's going on with the NFL. 

"Hopefully, when that is all resolved, Antonio will be able to continue his Hall of Fame career."

The Raiders released the four-time All-Pro on Sept. 7, one day before the season opener after a long list of drama and multiple issues. He agreed to terms with the Patriots hours later, but only lasted 11 days in New England. 

Brown has been accused of sexual assault and sexual misconduct by two different women this month. Both allegations came after he was released by the Raiders. He now is a free agent, eligible to sign with any team. 

"It's a very difficult time for him, not playing," Rosenhaus said. "We expected him to be playing against the Jets on Sunday, so it's tough for someone who loves the game not to be playing right now, and the hope is that we'll cooperate with the NFL in its investigation and get him back with a team to continue this tremendous career he's had."

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While he's been away from the field, the 31-year-old Brown has re-enrolled at Central Michigan University, where he spent three years before entering the 2010 NFL Draft. But Rosenhaus still believes his client wants to continue his career in the NFL. 

"It's my hope, it's Antonio's hope, that he'll be back playing as soon as possible," Rosenhaus said.

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Antonio Brown's agent calls woman’s sexual assault lawsuit 'money grab'

Antonio Brown's agent calls woman’s sexual assault lawsuit 'money grab'

Antonio Brown's former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in Florida, accusing the former Oakland Raiders wide receiver of raping her.

The next day, Brown's agent appeared on ESPN's "SportsCenter" to address the situation.

"Antonio and I have unfortunately been anticipating this possibility," Drew Rosenhaus said Wednesday. "What I want to emphasize is that Antonio takes these allegations very seriously. He is a loving father of five children, including a daughter. ... I wouldn't be doing this interview if I didn't believe Antonio. These allegations are false. He denies every one of them. I am very confident that his legal team has facts that will prove this."

Rosenhaus went on to say that Brown would cooperate with the New England Patriots -- his new team -- and the NFL in any investigation.

"Antonio and I both strongly believe that these allegations are very serious," Rosenhaus said. "In no way do we condone any type of illegal conduct and misbehavior. None of that happened here.

"This is a money grab. I'll repeat this: This is a money grab. In my opinion, this is a money grab."

Brown was released by the Raiders on Saturday, prior to the lawsuit being filed. He then agreed to terms with the Patriots later that day.

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Neither Rosenhaus nor coach Bill Belichick would confirm or deny if the Patriots knew about the allegations before the team signed the receiver.

Belichick said Brown would practice with the Patriots on Wednesday, but the coach didn't commit to him playing Sunday against the Dolphins.

Rosenhaus concluded his interview by saying, "This is a civil matter, and this is a proceeding where the accuser is seeking financial gain."

Antonio Brown's agent doesn't rule out contract grievance vs. Raiders

Antonio Brown's agent doesn't rule out contract grievance vs. Raiders

Antonio Brown no longer is a Raider, but the sides' messy divorce just could be getting started. 

The Raiders released Brown on Saturday morning after a Friday fine for conduct detrimental to the team allowed Oakland to void the wide receiver's $29.125 million in contract guarantees. Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not rule out pursuing legal action against the Raiders when asked about the option during an appearance on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football."

"Well, all I can say is -- and I really don't want to get into what could be an upcoming legal situation -- so the only comment that I'll say is we'll do what's best for Antonio," Rosenhaus told Mike Garafolo. "We will deal with the NFLPA, and we'll look into all of our options, and we'll take the necessary steps that are in Antonio's best interests. What those are moving forward, we'll find out, but that's really all I can say about this because, again, it might be a legal situation, and that's something that will be litigated between the Raiders and Antonio and the NFLPA."

Brown joined the Raiders in March after Oakland sent a third- and a fifth-round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for the disgruntled All-Pro receiver. Pittsburgh was happy to be rid of Brown after his relationship with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, coach Mike Tomlin and his Steelers teammates eroded, resulting in a trade demand following a one-game suspension in the 2018 regular-season finale.

Just shy of six months later, Brown is a free agent.

The Raiders reportedly fined Brown on Friday for his Wednesday altercation with general manager Mike Mayock. Brown got into it with Mayock after the Raiders fined the receiver for missing practice and a walk-through, but Brown apologized to his now-former teammates Friday and issued a brief statement to reporters in Alameda that same day. Afterward, coach Jon Gruden and offensive coordinator Greg Olson both spoke of using Brown in Monday night's season opener against the Denver Broncos.

Rosenhaus told NFL Network on Thursday that he, Brown and the Raiders were "trying to get all get on the same page moving forward." Ultimately, they could not salvage the relationship.

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Brown's brief Oakland tenure ended without him playing a single game. He missed much of the preseason because of frostbitten feet after he entered a cryotherapy chamber in France without proper footwear, and he filed two separate helmet grievances against the NFL after the league would not let him wear his preferred Schutt AiR Advantage helmet since it didn't reach safety standards. Brown ultimately settled on a new helmet, and he now will have to settle on a new team.

The NFLPA's website says players must file a non-injury grievance within 50 days "from the date the dispute arises." In other words, there's still plenty of time before the Brown-Raiders saga reaches its conclusion.