The first thought was Antonio Brown fumbled the bag epically after the Oakland Raiders released him. But hours later, the star but problematic wide receiver had signed a one-year contract with New England Patriots worth a cool $15M.
Almost immediately, NFL Twitter started pointing to the jig.
Was NE head coach Bill Bellichick pulling elicit maneuvers to land AB all along? A lot of people seem to think so.
Also, it’s another reason to point out the trashness of the NFL. Peep some of the best reactions below.
1. OJ, though?
When Antonio Brown meet Josh Gordon at the Patriots facility 😂 pic.twitter.com/RqLzlm1xkf— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 7, 2019
Here’s Antonio Brown finding out the Raiders released him: pic.twitter.com/nP4AZUh84s— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2019
Patriots tried to trade for Antonio Brown in March, but Steelers did not want to trade him to a rival. So instead of having to give up a pick or picks for him in March, Patriots get Brown without having to compensate another team in September.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 8, 2019
Antonio Brown is a great talent. But he is everything that is wrong with pro sports.— Mike Francesa (@MikeFrancesa) September 8, 2019
First look: Antonio Brown arrives in Foxboro pic.twitter.com/enge8cgqbq— Kevin O'Neill (@KevinBuffalo) September 8, 2019
Antonio Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN this morning that the #Patriots "expect everyone to be accountable. They don't make exceptions. I've discussed this with Antonio. And he wants to be a Patriot ... He's honored with the opportunity."— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) September 8, 2019
“Do you think Antonio Brown will destroy the Patriots the way he did the Raiders?”— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) September 8, 2019
Raiders Antonio Brown vs Patriots Antonio Brown pic.twitter.com/HRG0LsrNUa— Trash Talk NFL (@TrashTalkNFL) September 8, 2019
Antonio Brown leaving the Raiders for the Pats pic.twitter.com/jQrgoR1WTI— Boston Diehards (@WTP_BDiehards) September 7, 2019
Belichick after signing Antonio Brown to the Patriots after being released by Oakland pic.twitter.com/6c3c4nHTJD— Devin (@dekeller19) September 7, 2019
NFL defenses when they realize they have to cover Edelman, Gordon, Antonio Brown, and Sony Michel at the same time. pic.twitter.com/EyVecmbilx— UndercoverBenSwolo (@UndercoverSwolo) September 7, 2019
Some notes on @AB84 via @TwitterSports:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 7, 2019
* Since Friday afternoon, there have been more than 1.5M Tweets about AB, more than any other athlete in the world.
* Shortly after he signed with the Patriots, there were more than 20K Tweets per minute about him.
His business is boomin'.