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NFL releases statement on Antonio Brown's status after Patriots cut WR

NFL releases statement on Antonio Brown's status after Patriots cut WR

As Antonio Brown becomes a free agent for the second time in two months, the question is whether or not the NFL could prevent the wide receiver from signing with a new team in the midst of his legal troubles.

On Friday, the league released an official statement to address that issue. In summary, Brown will not be subject to the Commissioner's exempt list while he's a free agent and the NFL is in the process of investigating multiple allegations against him, including the civil lawsuit for sexual assault and rape.

Read the full statement below:

"Antonio Brown was released today by the New England Patriots and is currently an unrestricted free agent.  Our office is presently investigating multiple allegations, some of which are the subject of pending litigation.  We have as yet made no findings regarding these issues.  The investigation is ongoing and will be pursued vigorously and expeditiously. 

"As long as Mr. Brown is a free agent, placement on the Commissioner's exempt list is not appropriate.  If he is signed by a club, such placement may become appropriate at any time depending on the status of the investigation.  Upon the conclusion of the investigation, he may also be subject to discipline if the investigation finds that he has violated the law or league policies."

Also releasing statements after Brown's release were his agent Drew Rosenhaus and the lawyers of one of his accusers.

As is brief Patriots tenure came to an end, Brown took to social media to show his gratitude for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Brown lasted 11 days in New England and played one game in a Pats uniform.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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