New England is giving Brown a one-year deal worth up to $15 million, Rosenhaus said. It includes a $9 million signing bonus, $10 million guaranteed and $5 million in incentives.
The agreement comes hours after Oakland released Brown to end a tumultuous stint with the Raiders, who acquired the Pro Bowl wide receiver via trade during the offseason.
Brown took to social media after he agreed to the deal.
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Brown was eligible to sign with any team at 4:01 p.m. ET Saturday. He is not eligible to play until Week 2 at the earliest, meaning Brown will miss New England’s opener Sunday night against his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots and Raiders do not play this regular season.
The Patriots will have to make a corresponding move once they officially sign Brown, but for now, their receiving corps includes Super Bowl LIII Most Valuable Player Julian Edelman, Brown, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett and undrafted rookies Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski. First-round draft choice N’Keal Harry has opened the season on injured reserve.
Brown asked to be released by the Raiders in an Instagram post earlier Saturday. Oakland had fined him $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, sources told Schefter, a move that voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in his deal.
In addition, the Raiders sent Brown a letter stating that he no longer would be entitled to termination pay, sources told Schefter. As a result, Brown would have been playing on a week-to-week basis with both his guaranteed money voided and lack of termination pay.
Oakland, in turn, cut Brown loose just before noon Saturday, and Rosenhaus said he’d immediately try to find a new home for the seven-time Pro Bowler.
“Antonio is looking forward to a new beginning,” Rosenhaus said.
Brown later posted video of his reaction to being released, yelling, “I’m free!.”
Brown never played a game for Oakland, but was the center of the Raiders’ offseason story.
He spent time away from the team as he attempted to resolve issues with his helmet and his feet, was fined for missing time, got into a verbal altercation with general manager Mike Mayock over those fines, and was fined for the altercation.
Additionally, Brown on Friday night posted a video on YouTube of a private phone call he had with Raiders coach Jon Gruden.
In the video, which lasted 1 minute, 57 seconds, Brown is heard taking a call from Gruden, who asks the receiver: “What the hell is going on, man?”
Brown answered, “Just a villain all over the news, man.”
After Brown’s released, Gruden was asked about the receiver.
“I tell you, he’s a good guy,” the coach said. “He’s misunderstood by a lot of people. He’s a good guy. He’s a great player and I hope he gets what he’s looking for.”
The acquisition of Brown moved the Patriots past the Kansas City Chiefs and into the role of Super Bowl favorites at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks. The Patriots went from 6-1 to 4-1 to win the Super Bowl at the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas. The Chiefs are 6-1.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss and David Purdum contributed to this report.