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Antonio Brown on Patriots: ‘They still gotta pay me, so might as well let me earn it’

Patriots Wire logo Patriots Wire 10/9/2019 Henry McKenna
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Antonio Brown made a plea to his social media followers and, in turn, to the New England Patriots during an Instagram video on Wednesday. Brown, who was with the Patriots for about two weeks in 2019, told his followers to "tell (the Patriots) to call me. They still gotta pay me, so might as well let me earn it."

Brown was due $5 million in guaranteed money, but the Patriots elected not to pay it after releasing him on Sept. 20 after he faced allegations of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit. Brown has filed a grievance to recoup that money, which is why he believes they've still got to pay him. After his release, Brown ripped into Patriots owner Robert Kraft for the allegations he is facing for solicitation of prostitution.

So, to be clear, there's practically zero chance Brown reunites with the Patriots. They may have to pay him - and even that is tremendously unclear - but they are not going to play him.

The Patriots have moved on with receivers Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski. But it's possible that they'll pursue Stefon Diggs or another top wideout on the trade market before the deadline hits later in October.


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