The legal battle between wide receiver Antonio Brown and the New England Patriots has begun.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday the NFL Players' Association filed grievances Friday on Brown's behalf against the Patriots and Oakland Raiders seeking more than $40 million. Rapoport also reports the appeal "likely won't be heard by the system arbitrator until the spring."

Here's what Brown is looking to recoup from the Patriots, per Rapoport:

From the Patriots, Brown filed to receive his unpaid Week 1 salary of $64,062 and the rest of the $1.025 million total that was his guaranteed base salary. He's seeking the $9 million signing bonus that was never paid, too, sources say. Brown also filed for breach of contract.

The Patriots released Brown on Friday, Sept. 21

report from Sports Illustrated was published late on the night of Sept. 20 alleging Brown had sent intimidating texts to a woman who's accused him of sexual misconduct. This development came about a week after a civil suit was filed in Florida by Brown's former trainer, Britney Taylor, accusing him of rape and sexual assault. The league reportedly is investigating these allegations.

Brown played in the Patriots' Week 2 road win over the Miami Dolphins. It was his only game played with New England.

He has not signed with a new team since being released from the Patriots, although his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said late last month that some teams are "very interested" in Brown.


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