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Nick Foles was injured on his starting debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars after he threw a touchdown in the first quarter of the game.

Foles was taken back to the locker room and quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game with a left shoulder injury, the team announced.

Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew took over for Foles.

Before the injury, the 30-year-old had completed 5-of-8 passes for 75 yards and one touchdown.

Foles was hit by Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones during a 36-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. The Jaguars medical staff tended to him and took him to the locker room. Minutes later he was ruled out for the game.

This past offseason he signed a four-year, $88 million deal with Jacksonville.

Antonio Brown is the latest player Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have taken a punt on.

Seven-time Pro Bowler Brown is certainly not a risk when it comes to production but his acrimonious exits from Pittsburgh and Oakland means Belichick is rolling the dice again on a free agent with character concerns.

More often than no, though, Belichick gets it right - he has six Super Bowl rings as the Pats' head coach and de facto general manager after all.

Here we take a look at Belichick's personnel gambles to see which were hits and which were misses.

 

RODNEY HARRISON, 2003 (VERDICT: HIT)

Harrison was one of the most-fined players in NFL history when with the San Diego Chargers following a series of illegal hits, but New England took a chance in 2003 and reaped the rewards.

The hard-hitting safety replaced Lawyer Milloy in New England's secondary and was part of two Super Bowl-winning teams.

COREY DILLON, 2004 (VERDICT: HIT)

Running back Dillon was approaching 30 and coming off the first down year of his career when the Patriots parted with a second-round pick to bring him to Foxborough.

Having made no secret of his desire to play elsewhere, Dillon proved his 2003 season was a mere blip, rushing for 37 scores and winning a Super Bowl during his three years with Belichick.

WES WELKER, 2007 (VEDICT: HIT)

There were no character concerns over Welker, yet New England's decision to part with second and seventh-round picks appeared bold given the undrafted receiver had tallied just 1,121 yards and one touchdown in three seasons in the league.

Belichick saw the potential, though, and Welker caught more passes than any player in the league in his six seasons with the Patriots, while he was also named to the Pro Bowl in each of those half-a-dozen campaigns.

 

RANDY MOSS, 2007 (VERDICT: HIT)

Acquiring a disgruntled but extremely talented receiver from the Raiders? New England have been here before.

In 2007, New England traded for Moss, who had courted controversy in Minnesota and then outstayed his welcome in Oakland, and he proved to be the final piece of the jigsaw for one of the greatest offenses ever.

He brought in 23 touchdowns in his first year (a figure that remains a single-season record) as the 16-0 Pats went to the Super Bowl only to be beaten by the New York Giants. Moss led the league in receiving scores again in 2009 (finishing in a tie with Vernon Davis and Larry Fitzgerald on 13) before he was sent back to Minnesota - with Belichick again judging when the time was right to move on from the future Hall of Famer.

ALBERT HAYNESWORTH, 2011 (VERDICT: MISS)

Two years after signing a seven-year, $100million deal with the Washington Redskins, defensive lineman Haynesworth was traded to New England for a fifth-round pick having failed to make an impression in the capital amid concerns over his attitude and fitness.

His time in Boston was also short-lived, though, with Haynesworth waived less than four months after signing having clashed with assistant Pepper Johnson. He would play just seven more games in the NFL.

CHAD OCHOCINCO, 2011 (VERDICT: MISS)

One of the NFL's biggest characters hardly seemed suited to 'The Patriot Way'. Wide-out Ochocinco, formerly Johnson until he changed his name to correspond with his jersey number - a move he later reversed, was brash - once wearing a jacket that suggested he was a future Hall of Famer - but productive, with seven 1,000-yard seasons in his 10 years in the league.

Ochocinco joined New England on the same day as Haynesworth in 2011 and cost the Patriots two draft picks. However, he lasted only one season, making 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown in what proved to be his final NFL stop.

AQIB TALIB, 2012 (VERDICT: HIT)

A former first-round pick, Talib was considered surplus to requirements in Tampa Bay after his time with the Buccaneers was blighted by off-field issues.

The cornerback's New England debut was delayed by a suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances, but Talib made his first Pro Bowl in 2013 before leaving for Denver - where he won a Super Bowl ring - in free agency.

JOSH GORDON, 2018 (VERDICT: JURY'S STILL OUT)

Gordon and Brown will be in the same offense in 2019, having led the NFL in receiving yards in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

There were red flags against Gordon coming out of college after he failed a drugs test and was kicked off Baylor's team.

He has continued to be troubled by his demons and has served multiple suspensions in the NFL, including one last season, but is now back with New England and will surely be a hit if he plays enough games.

Adrian Peterson, who led the Washington Redskins in rushing last season, is among the team's list of inactive players for the Week 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The move came as a surprise despite head coach Jay Gruden already naming Derrius Guice as Washington's starting running back for the season opener.

The former LSU back - a second-round pick by the franchise in the 2018 draft - missed his entire rookie campaign after suffering a serious knee injury.

"We feel like (Guice) can be a first, second and even a third down back," Gruden told reporters ahead of the trip to Philadelphia. "I think the offense, carries wise, will probably go through him, pretty much."

Still, it was expected Peterson would still get some touches coming off the bench.

He was rewarded in March with a new contract, the seven-time Pro Bowler handed a two-year deal worth $8million.

However, Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood will back up Guice for the clash with the Eagles.

Antonio Brown may have signed for the New England Patriots, but he "had a lot of options" following his release from the Oakland Raiders, according to his agent.

Brown's turbulent offseason with the Raiders, which included fines for missing mandatory practice time and a walkthrough, as well as a reported altercation with general manager Mike Mayock, culminated in him being let go.

While the Patriots have not confirmed an agreement, the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver's agent Drew Rosenhaus said he overlooked interest from elsewhere to sign a one-year contract worth up to $15million.

"Antonio had a robust free-agent market and certainly had a lot of options," Rosenhaus told ESPN. "But it was hard to compete with New England and that amazing opportunity, that great franchise, and play with one of the all-time greats, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick."

Rosenhaus insisted Brown understands what is expected of him in New England and is ready to "fit in".

"I'll just tell you that the Patriots are obviously a very solid, strong organisation," Rosenhaus said. "They do things the Patriots way. They expect everyone to be accountable. They don't make any exceptions.

"I've discussed this with Antonio. And he wants to be a Patriot. He's prepared to go there, fit in, work hard, be like every other player on the team, do what's asked of him, do his job and make it work. He's honoured with the opportunity and he's looking forward to taking advantage of it."

While some are wondering how Brown's stint with the Raiders went so wrong, Rosenhaus blamed "bad luck and just bad circumstances".

He said: "You know there are trades that don't pan out. Relationships sometimes get off to a bad start and never recover. Unfortunately, this one just didn't work. I don't want the Raiders to get any flak for this because I just think it was a combination of bad luck and just bad circumstances.

"A lot of people focus on the last couple of months of dysfunction and things with Antonio. But what people should remember is that for eight years, he was one of the most rock-solid players in the league - on and off the field. I just don't want people to lose track of that."

Brown celebrated his Patriots deal by posting on Instagram a cartoon of himself in a Patriots uniform sitting on a huge pile of cash. In the image he is also holding a phone in one hand and a wad of bills in the other, while behind him in neon lights is a sign reading: "Business is boomin".

Finally, the wait is over. No more concerns about combine performances, training camp activities or injuries in meaningless pre-season fixtures.

On Thursday, the 2019 NFL season kicked off with the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers. The long-time rivalry failed to deliver a thriller on opening night – the Packers prevailed 10-3 – but it did signal the start of Week 1.

Sundays will never be the same again (well, until the Super Bowl next February at least).

As the rest of the league wait to get started, we look at some of the key Opta facts for seven games in Week 1 - including the New England Patriots, the reigning champions no less, hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

Los Angeles Rams @ Carolina Panthers

The Rams finished the last campaign as bridesmaids, beaten 13-3 by the Pats in Super Bowl LIII. So, can Sean McVay’s team go one better this season? Well, the schedule has thrown up a tricky start away to Carolina – the Rams have not triumphed in Charlotte since 2001.

However, while the head-to-head history favours the Panthers, the Rams have won 13 road games since the start of 2017 season, which is the most in the NFL in that span.

 

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have dominated this divisional rivalry of late, winning the last four straight. Their most recent meeting was in Week 17 last year, with the Redskins shut out in a 24-0 loss.

Philadelphia went 5-3 at home last season and will be wary of a Washington team who have won their last three road openers. However, the Redskins still have a long way to go to match the franchise record in such games, having triumphed in seven on the spin between 1937 and 1943.

 

Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are on a three-game winning streak against the Falcons, while they have also not lost a home opener since 2014.

So no hope for Atlanta this week? Actually, the Falcons finished the last campaign with back-to-back road wins, plus their only other away success in 2018 came in Minnesota. They have done a good job keeping Adam Thielen quiet in previous meetings, too. The wide receiver has recorded just four catches in three games against them.

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City have beaten Jacksonville in four straight games, including a 30-14 result last season. Still, the Jaguars managed 502 yards of offense (and had five turnovers) in a losing cause.

The Jags will be hoping to do better at home in 2019. They went 3-5 in front of their own fans last season, one of just eight teams to post a losing record at their own stadium. They conceded the fewest and scored the second-fewest points at home in 2018, so reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs may find it tough going this weekend.

 

Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Chargers

The Colts begin life without the now-retired Andrew Luck in LA. They closed out the previous season with successive road wins but have not won three in a row away from Indianapolis since a four-game run between October and December in 2016.

As for the Chargers, quarterback Philip Rivers has just three touchdowns in five regular-season games against the Colts. He has thrown for fewer against just one NFL team (Atlanta - one in three games).

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots

The Steelers' 17-10 win last season was their first success in five over the Patriots. They have become accustomed to starting on the road, having done so for the past four seasons.

Tom Brady has certainly enjoyed coming up against Pittsburgh in the past, though. In his 11 regular season games against them, the quarterback has thrown for 26 touchdowns (his second most against a team outside of the AFC East) compared to just five interceptions.

 

Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints

These two teams have not faced each other since 2015, the Texans winning 24-6 the last time they met. The Saints have not scored six or fewer points in a game since, by the way.

New Orleans have home advantage but will be looking to end a miserable Week 1 record. They have lost their last five season openers, allowing an average of 36.0 points per game.

Baker Mayfield is going to be an NFL great and does not care about pundits' criticism, according to Cleveland Browns team-mate Jamie Gillan.

Quarterback Mayfield was selected with the first overall pick by the Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft and went 6-7 as a starter for Cleveland in his rookie season.

However, Mayfield is a man who splits opinion due to his outspoken nature, which included taking a dig at ex-team-mate Duke Johnson for requesting a trade.

Mayfield has also taken aim at Giants fans following the trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, while he said "it blows my mind" when the New York franchise picked Duke QB Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in April's draft.

Two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora, who played for the Giants and the Atlanta Falcons during his career and is now a prominent pundit, this week said when previewing the season with BBC Sport: "I cannot stand this young man.

"I tried to give him a chance because I liked him coming out of college but I mean this guy just keeps spouting off at the mouth man, you are a quarterback, you are an endangered species man because you're so protected. 

"You shouldn't be talking like that, if I was still playing this is the kind of guy we would sack, remove his helmet, take the football and shove it directly down his throat."

But Scotsman Gillan, picked up as a free agent by the Browns and retained on their roster for this season, defended Mayfield and said any athlete gives little credence to what is said about them.

"I don't know who that is or why he said that, a lot of people have opinions on people," Gillan said. 

"He's a fantastic guy and he's that good for a reason because he believes in himself and that he is number one. 

"Who cares what that guy says and what other people say? That's just his opinion. You can't listen to that sort of stuff and he won't, that's why he's going to be great. 

"We don't care what people say on the TV etc. We're going out to do our jobs and win games and if that's his opinion, whatever! Baker is an awesome guy who's going to do great this season."

Gillan moved to America at the age of 16 and the rugby-mad Scotsman took up American football as a punter in high school to hone his kicking skills.

Six years later and he was retained by the Browns at the expense of Super Bowl winner Britton Colquitt.

Now sharing a locker room with the likes of Mayfield, Beckham and Jarvis Landry, Gillan says his new team-mates have been great to work with.

"They've been fantastic. I get a bit of a rookie banter, people just having a little laugh you know but at the end of the day everybody has been supportive and fantastic," he added. 

"They know how cut-throat the business is and I feel like in this business you need to show that you're a team player. Everybody can see the people who are there for themselves or those who want to be a team player. 

"If you keep working really hard and tell them that you want to be on this team and want to be great, people will respond well. 

"That's just how I've always been. I'm always going be a team player. I'm always going to want to win with the team. I did not like losing at all when I was young. So that's how I am, and I've been getting along with everybody and I always will."


Watch Jamie Gillan in action as the Cleveland Browns host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday 8th September on Sky Sports Action at 17:00 and Sky Sports Main Event at 18:00. You can also catch-up on the action on Tuesday with the NFL This Week highlights show available on BBC Two and iPlayer.

Antonio Brown is set to join 2019 Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, according to reports.

Brown was released on Saturday, with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden saying the team had "exhausted everything" to keep the wide receiver, who had joined from the 
Pittsburgh Steelers on a three-year deal reportedly worth more than $50million per season.

Reports now claim the 31-year-old will link up with the Patriots, signing a one-year, $15m contract, with Brown then seemingly confirming the move on his official Twitter account.

Brown's spell at Oakland took a turn for the worse last week after a reported incident between the receiver and general manager Mike Mayock.

On Wednesday, Brown aired his frustration against the Raiders for fining him for missing practice time and a walk-through.

The situation then escalated from there as it was reported Brown got into a verbal altercation with Mayock, which ultimately resulted in another fine.

Brown apologised to his team on Friday, and Gruden claimed he would play in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.

However, Brown’s latest social media post proved the final straw.

"You are gonna p*** a lot of people off when you start doing what's best for you," Brown posted to Instagram.

"And that's fine!" it continued. "I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines (sic). Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years 'I'm not mad at anyone. I'm just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong.' Release me. @raiders #NOMore."

The Patriots will face the Steelers, who selected Brown out of the 2010 draft, on Sunday.

Brown, however, cannot face his former team without the switch becoming official, which will likely happen on Monday.

It may raise a few eyebrows that a proud, rugby-mad Scotsman like Jamie Gillan would admit his role model growing up was one of England's greatest ever players.

"Jonny Wilkinson was my favourite rugby player. When YouTube first appeared, as a kid, I think I watched every YouTube highlights video of Jonny Wilkinson," Gillan said of the hero of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup triumph. 

"I've probably watched them about 100 times each. I loved how he played. He played with a lot of heart and was an awesome kicker as well. 

"I also liked watching [former Scotland fly-half] Chris Paterson kick conversions. I like him and Jonny Wilkinson. I looked up to Jonny Wilkinson the most, I liked watching how he played."

It is that sort of forensic-like analysis and willingness to learn that helped Gillan on a path from aspiring rugby union international to a career in the NFL as a punter with the Cleveland Browns.

Growing up in Inverness, Gillan spent four years playing for the youth teams of Highland RFC before relocating to Merchiston Castle boarding school in Edinburgh where he went to chase his dream of playing for Scotland.

But the course of Gillan's personal journey would change at the age of 16. His father Colin, a navigator with the Royal Air Force, was posted to Maryland.

"It was a really big decision that me and my family made. I was doing really well in Merchiston. I got really good results in my GCSEs and had just come off winning the Scottish schools cup for youth 16s," Gillan said of the life-altering moment. 

"We had a really great team, I didn't want to leave! I was rugby mad and we had such a stellar team, I really enjoyed playing. 

"My goal was to play professional rugby and pull on the Scotland jersey one day, but with my parents moving across the Atlantic and the fact my Dad didn't want to be that far away from us, I decided to move out.

"Coming to school in America was way different, having to do the different tests and classes. There were some subjects I had dropped when I was 14 years old, but I had to do them again over here which made it more difficult." 

Fast forward six years and Gillan is about to make his NFL debut against the Tennessee Titans for an ambitious Browns side that boasts superstar talent in the form of Odell Beckham Jr, Baker Mayfield and Jarvis Landry.

But American football was not necessarily at the forefront of Gillan's mind from the second he touched down Stateside.

It was only when Gillan sought out the coach of his high-school team – the man credited with coining his 'Scottish Hammer' nickname – with the intention of honing his kicking skills and staying fit to play rugby that things accelerated.

His hammer of a left boot caught the eyes of scouts and scholarship offers soon arrived for Gillan, who rocked up at the University of Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

College life provided another culture shock. The gruelling demands of mixing a full training schedule with studies and sleep deprivation was an experience he credits with preparing him for the NFL.

"Going into college life was even crazier because you're doing classes per semester, so you've only got two months to finish these classes and with the NCAA rules you have to take a certain number of classes," he reflected.

"A lot of people don't realise but playing college sports is ridiculously hard, in terms of your timetable and the amount of sleep you're getting. You're up at 5am running until you're throwing up. We've got five classes, have to squeeze in some food and lift right after that for an hour and a half, then punting for two hours, then dinner, then study hall/team meetings before getting into bed around 11.30/12pm. 

"We're doing that Monday-Friday during the season. During the offseason you're doing it for about two months and in the summer, you stay doing the same thing on top of doing the work. It's a hard schedule but it moulds you well if you stick to it and take it and run with it. I ended up doing okay and playing in the NFL so…"

Gillan went undrafted in April's draft, not uncommon for punters, but was picked up by the Browns in free agency and was in direct competition with Super Bowl winner Britton Colquitt for a place on the roster.

Browns special teams coordinator Mike Priefer had a tough decision on his hands, but the raw potential of Gillan – whose rugby-style tackling adds another dimension – saw him earn the nod.

Priefer admitted "it would have been very difficult to let a guy like Jamie out the building" but Gillan – who learned of the news while in the Flying Monkey Pub with his father – would have had no regrets regardless of the outcome.

"I was out with my dad enjoying myself a little bit. It was like D-Day, everyone was finding out if they were cut or put on the practice squad or traded or making the team," he said. 

"I didn't have a whole lot of emotions to be honest. I think my dad was more emotional and nervous than I was because I knew what I had done in the past four months. 

"I know what I have done in the pre-season. I've worked really hard and regardless of what happens, I can sit back and be happy with what I've done. I didn't know if I was going to get cut, traded or make the team so I was just enjoying the experience. 

"I didn't want to be in my room or hanging out and not really doing much. Me and my dad were like let's go out and enjoy ourselves and see what happens. So, we did and then I got the phone call from the GM saying that I made the team, so I was extremely happy."  

Gillan insists he has not felt overawed by sharing a locker room with his more globally recognised team-mates, who he says have welcomed him with open arms.

That's not to say there hasn't been any playful hazing.

"Yeah there is a little bit," he said. "We had to get up and sing in front of the team, so that was fun. 

"I sung Evil Scotsman by Billy Connelly in front of the whole team and they thought that was really funny, so you know little stuff like that makes it fun.

"I get a bit of a rookie banter, people just having a little laugh you know but at the end of the day everybody has been supportive and fantastic."


Watch Jamie Gillan in action as the Cleveland Browns host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday 8th September on Sky Sports Action at 17:00 and Sky Sports Main Event at 18:00. You can also catch-up on the action on Tuesday with the NFL This Week highlights show available on BBC Two and iPlayer.

The Oakland Raiders "exhausted everything" but wide receiver Antonio Brown "didn't fit", according to head coach Jon Gruden.

The Raiders released Brown on Saturday hours after he asked to be let go by the team without having played a single game.

Brown was reportedly facing a hefty fine following a verbal altercation with general manager Mike Mayock earlier in the week, with his guaranteed money said to be voided.

Gruden faced the media to explain the decision shortly after Oakland's announcement and said the franchise could not be faulted.

"It's disappointing," he told reporters. "I'm really proud of our players, our coaches, our owner, our front office. We did everything we could to make this work and I'm sorry it didn't.

"I apologise, but I will tell you I'm very proud of what we did as an organisation to try.

"I was very hopeful about what he could bring here, but unfortunately it's not going to happen. He is a good guy. He's misunderstood by a lot of people, but he's a good guy."

Gruden is now hoping to move on and focus on Monday's game against the Denver Broncos.

"I'm sorry that we never got the chance to see him in silver and black," he said. "I'm not going to sit here and talk about it all day.

"We've got 12 rookies. We've got a lot to be excited about and I wish Antonio the very best."

Gruden added: "We've been practicing without him. We realise where we are. We've been practicing without him quite a bit. It's disappointing, but we've got guys that are really good players that have an outstanding opportunity."

The Antonio Brown Era in Oakland is over before it even began, after the Raiders decided to release the wideout on Saturday.

Elite players rarely stay on the market for long and Brown's agent has made it clear his client is looking to explore his options.

ESPN's Adam Schefter quoted Brown's representative, Drew Rosenhaus, as saying: "Now that Antonio is a free agent, we are focused on the future and I will immediately work on signing him to a new team. Antonio is looking forward to a new beginning."

There is surely no way 30 teams - excluding the Pittsburgh Steelers, who traded Brown to Oakland following a fallout, and Raiders - could pass on a chance to land one of the NFL's best, right?

Here are three teams that should consider signing Antonio Brown.

 

New England Patriots

New England are bound to pop up in plenty of people's heads. The Patriots have an elite coach in Bill Belichick, a tight-knit system and certainly are no strangers to taking risks. While last year's gamble that brought Josh Gordon over from the Cleveland Browns did not quite work out in 2018, the wideout made valuable contributions en route to the Patriots' latest Super Bowl win. Better yet, he will have a chance to redeem himself this year. The jury is still out on whether they made the right choice, so why not give it another go?

Brown, 31, is still at the peak of his career and has eclipsed 1,200 receiving yards in six consecutive seasons. He would certainly improve a receiving corps that already features Gordon, Demaryius Thomas and Julian Edelman.

If Brown wants to play for a winner, joining a team that's won three of the last five Super Bowls might not be a bad idea.

 

Dallas Cowboys

America's team already has plenty of drama surrounding it, so why not add more? Surely Jerry Jones has at least considered bringing Brown aboard.

Dallas has a dynamic running back in Ezekiel Elliott, a dangerous dual threat quarterback under center in Dak Prescott and received great production from Amari Cooper after acquiring the wideout in a midseason trade last year.

With Brown in the fold, the Cowboys would have an abundance of elite options. If there's one statement move Dallas could make to show it's dedicated to winning now, it's this.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals owner Mike Brown has been changing Cincinnati's culture by taking chances on wayward players over the years. If Adam 'Pacman' Jones and Vontaze Burfict could carve out roles, Brown might be able to do the same.

But that is not the only reason this move could make sense.

A.J .Green has been at the heart of Cincinnati's offense for years but he is expected to miss the start of 2019 due to an ankle injury he suffered in practice this offseason. If Green misses the first half of the campaign, pairing him with Brown would allow him to ease back into things while demanding a little less attention every play.

Tyler Boyd had a breakout season in 2018 and John Ross has the breakaway speed to be a major downfield threat moving forward. Then there's tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Joe Mixon.

An explosive player like Brown that can open up the field might be just what Cincinnati needs to rebound from last year's 6-10 finish.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was at the team's facility early on Saturday "trying to wrap his brain around" the Antonio Brown situation that resulted in Oakland cutting the star receiver, his brother and former NFL quarterback, David Carr, told NFL Network's 'Good Morning Football'.

Brown asked to be released in an Instagram post containing a photo of large text that read: "You are gonna p*** a lot of people off when you start doing what's best for you." 

Just a few hours later, the Raiders announced they are moving on from the wideout before his first season in Oakland has even started.

"They've given him chance after chance after chance, and at this point ... and this is from [my brother] Derek, they have no choice but to move on and prepare for the [Denver] Broncos as if he's not going to be on the team," David Carr said after Brown requested to be released.

David added: "There's a relief, honestly, that he might not be there [for Monday's game]." He also claimed practices have been "smoother" without the receiver. 

According to ESPN, the Raiders fined Brown $215,073.53 on Friday for conduct detrimental to the team - following a reported row with GM Mike Mayock - and voided his guaranteed money.

Brown told ESPN that the Raiders took away more than $29million in guaranteed money from his contract, stating there's "no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week."

He had also been fined nearly $54,000 earlier in the week for missing practice time and a walk-through, also considered to be conduct detrimental to the team.

Brown posted his displeasure with his first fine on Instagram while taking a shot at the Raiders. Shortly after, multiple reports indicated Oakland was considering suspending the wideout.

After 24 hours of speculation and uncertainty about his status with the Raiders, Brown apologised to the team on Friday and head coach Jon Gruden said the plan was for Brown to play in Week 1 against the Broncos.

However, that optimism soon vanished and Brown is now without a team.

After a drama-filled 48 hours between the Raiders and disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown, Oakland have decided to move on a day before the season starts.

The team officially announced his release on Saturday, just hours after the star wideout asked to be let go on Instagram.

Brown shared a message that read: "You are gonna p*** a lot of people off when you start doing what's best for you."

In the same post, he added: "And that's fine! I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines [sic]. Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years.

"I'm not mad at anyone. I'm just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong." Release me @raiders #NOMore #theyputblindersonahorseforareason #NoMoreFake."

Oakland soon confirmed they had parted company with Brown. The briefest of statements, released on Twitter and their official website, read: "The Raiders have released WR Antonio Brown from the team today."

According to ESPN, the Raiders fined Brown $215,073.53 on Friday for conduct detrimental to the team - following a reported row with GM Mike Mayock - and voided his guaranteed money.

Brown told ESPN that the Raiders took away more than $29million in guaranteed money from his contract, stating there's "no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week."

He had also been fined nearly $54,000 earlier in the week for missing practice time and a walk-through, also considered to be conduct detrimental to the team.

Brown posted his displeasure with his first fine on Instagram while taking a shot at the Raiders. Shortly after, multiple reports indicated Oakland was considering suspending the wideout.

After 24 hours of speculation and uncertainty about his status with the Raiders, Brown apologised to the team on Friday and head coach Jon Gruden said the plan was for Brown to play in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. 

That plan has changed rather quickly.

Antonio Brown has been released by the Oakland Raiders, the team announced on Saturday.

Antonio Brown has called on the Oakland Raiders to release him as his problems with the team continue to play out in public.

Brown, who was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers back in March, has been at the centre of much controversy in recent months, including a holdout due to a dispute with the NFL over helmet regulations.

The wide receiver was consequently fined $53,950 for missing mandatory practices and walk-throughs.

It was reported Brown faced a ban following a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock, but he issued an apology and was back training with the Raiders on Friday, seemingly putting the myriad issues behind him.

Brown posted a video on his official YouTube page on Friday that appeared to include clips of a conversation with head coach Jon Gruden in which the player says: "I've been trying to be a Raider since day one."

"It's time for me to control my own narrative," he wrote alongside the video. "Show the world I'm not the bad guy."

But this was followed by an Instagram post from Brown on Saturday that suggested his relationship with Oakland had soured once more.

He posted a quote: "You are gonna p*** a lot of people off when you start doing what's best for you."

Brown continued in the caption, challenging the Raiders to release him: "And that's fine! I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mine.

"Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years.

"'I'm not mad at anyone. I'm just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong'.

"Release me, @raiders. #NOMore #theyputblindersonahorseforareason #NoMoreFake"

ESPN reported the post was in response to the Raiders fining Brown another $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, voiding the guaranteed $29.125million in his contract.

It is said Brown, who had been set to play the season opener, is not now willing to face the Denver Broncos on Monday.

The Dallas Cowboys are hoping to reach a contract agreement with quarterback Dak Prescott by Sunday.

This has been an offseason of big-money contract negotiations between the Cowboys and some of their young stars.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott ended his preseason holdout earlier this week after signing a six-year, $90million extension. Dallas also signed right tackle La'el Collins to a five-year extension this week, and inked linebacker Jaylon Smith to a five-year, $64.5m deal.

But negotiations with Prescott appeared to hit a snag in August, after reports the two-time NFL Pro Bowler had turned down a $30m per year offer from the team and was seeking a record annual figure of $40m. A subsequent report shot down that sum as false.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said he is hoping the two sides can reach a deal by Sunday's opener against the New York Giants.

"I'd say the dialogue has been good, and we're still holding out hope we can figure out how to come up with a deal by the game on Sunday," Jones told Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan on Friday.

Jones also said the Cowboys are having "very limited" negotiations with wide receiver Amari Cooper, "for a range of reasons that will eventually get worked out."

Unlike some other teams that do not conduct negotiations once the NFL season begins, Jones said talks will continue with Prescott if no deal is reached by Sunday.

"We're open for business," Jones said. "I know sometimes the players don't care to do that. But we can obviously juggle that and do that. We would be fine with doing that.

"It's really up to the player and their representatives to determine what their deadlines are and their timelines. It doesn't seem to bother us, and I don't know that we've given those type of deadlines or timelines."

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