September 2019 - Oakland Raiders Wiretap

Vontaze Burfict Suspended For Remainder Of 2019

Sep 30, 2019 10:40 AM

Vontaze Burfict has been banned for the remainder of the season for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Jack Doyle of the Indianapolis Colts.

Burfict was initially flagged for hitting Doyle in the head across the middle. But after the officials conferred, Burfict was thrown out.

Burfict has received 13 suspensions and fines in seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the Raiders as a free agent this offseason.

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Jon Gruden Approved Antonio Brown Using Call In Video

Sep 9, 2019 3:29 PM

Jon Gruden gave his approval for Antonio Brown to use their phone call in a video released over the weekend.

Alejandro Narciso, speaking on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, said he was recording Brown last week for a video project when agent Drew Rosenhaus told Brown that Gruden was on the phone for him. Narciso kept taping while Brown took the call and later included it in a video that Brown planned to release.

Narciso said that while he was editing the video, Brown's marketing manager alerted him that he needed Gruden's consent to use the call. Narciso said Brown texted the video to Gruden, who answered 15 minutes later with three texts: "Wow, I love it," "loved it" and "I love it."

"All right," Narcisco said he told Brown. "There's our permission."

A source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Gruden thought the video was "awesome."

The video, including Gruden's phone call, was posted on Brown's Instagram on Friday night.

On Saturday morning, after Brown publicly requested his release on Instagram, the Raiders released him. 

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Antonio Brown Asked Social Media Experts For Advice On Getting Release

Sep 8, 2019 10:53 PM

Antonio Brown sought advice from social media consultants on how he could accelerate his release from the Oakland Raiders.

Brown published a highly edited video featuring a private conversation between himself and Jon Gruden.

Brown also published a letter from Mike Mayock informing him of his fine.

Brown signed with the New England Patriots upon his release by the Raiders.

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Antonio Brown Received Interest From Seahawks, Browns

Sep 8, 2019 11:06 AM

Antonio Brown had a "robust" market once he was released by the Oakland Raiders, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

The Patriots were a "fait accompli" soon after his release however.

The Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks were amongst the teams interested in Brown. Brown worked out with Russell Wilson this offseason.

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Antonio Brown Agrees To One-Year, $15M Deal With Patriots

Sep 7, 2019 5:03 PM

Antonio Brown has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the New England Patriots worth up to $15 million.

The deal contains a $9 million signing bonus for Brown.

Brown was released on Saturday by the Oakland Raiders.

Brown cannot play in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers as NFL transactions aren't allowed on Sundays. The Steelers wouldn't trade Brown to the New England Patriots during the offseason.

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Raiders Release Antonio Brown

Sep 7, 2019 12:37 PM

The Oakland Raiders have released Antonio Brown.

Brown will become a free agent.

"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," Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus said in a statement. "Antonio is looking forward to a new beginning."

Brown asked to be released by the Raiders in an Instagram post.

By fining Brown, the Raiders voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in his deal.

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'No Way' Antonio Brown Will Play For Raiders After Losing Guarantees

Sep 7, 2019 10:45 AM

Antonio Brown said there is "no way" he will play for the Oakland Raiders after losing his guarantees.

Brown's status for Week 1 and the entire season is back in doubt.

Brown said his stance comes after the Raiders "took away my (contract) guarantees." He added: "no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week."

The Raiders fined Brown $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team.

The Raiders voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money on Brown's contract. Brown is playing on a week-to-week basis with both his guaranteed money voided and lack of termination pay.

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Antonio Brown Issues 'Emotional Apology' During Team Meeting

Sep 6, 2019 1:24 PM

Antonio Brown issued "an emotional apology" during a team meeting with the Oakland Raiders on Friday.

Brown issued the apology with team captains "standing with him."

Brown and Mike Mayock had a confrontation during Wednesday's practice that led the Raiders to plan on suspending him.

Jon Gruden had told people the Raiders were planning for Week 1 without him but now there's a chance he'll play.

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Antonio Brown May End Up Receiving No Money From Raiders

Sep 6, 2019 7:59 AM

The Oakland Raiders are deciding what Antonio Brown's future with the franchise will be.

Brown isn't expected to be with the team for Week 1, whether he's suspended or inactive.

According to a league source, Brown has yet to receive any payment from the Raiders under his contract and the remaining guarantees can be wiped out if he's suspended.

Brown's contract carries $30 million in guaranteed money that would be paid out in the future.

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Raiders To Suspend Antonio Brown

Sep 5, 2019 12:58 PM

The Oakland Raiders plan to suspend Antonio Brown after he got into a heated exchange with Mike Mayock, according to sources.

The confrontation stemmed from Brown's Instagram post Wednesday when he displayed a letter from Mayock that detailed about $54,000 in fines for missing time during training camp.

The Raiders had yet to announce anything official regarding a potential suspension, though there was confusion in the facility.

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Antonio Brown Announces He'll Wear Xenith Shadow Helmet

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