AFC Notes: Antonio Brown, Patriots, Browns

     

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown‘s agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Saturday he believes the Patriots will be a great fit for his embattled client. Brown has clashed with both the Steelers and the Raiders over a number of issues, making New England his third team in the past six months. Rosenhaus says the third time will be the charm for Brown, though. 

“I’ll just tell you that the Patriots are obviously a very solid, strong organization,” Rosenhaus said via ESPN. “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 honored with the opportunity and he’s looking forward to taking advantage of it.”

  • Rosenhaus added there was a “robust” market for Brown’s services after the Raiders released him yesterday but the Patriots were the clear leaders: “I’ve had a lot of clients on the Patriots over the years, including the great Rob Gronkowski, so I know coach Belichick well…I’m confident this should be a good relationship moving forward.” (Adam Schefter)
  • Brown, Rosenhaus and the NFLPA will discuss potentially appealing the nearly $300,000 in fines the wide receiver accrued during the end of his tenure in Oakland. (Ian Rapoport)
  • Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots tried to trade for Brown in March, but the Steelers did not want to trade him to a rival.

Browns

  • Chris Mortensen mentioned that the Cleveland Browns were among the interested teams in Antonio Brown before he signed with the Patriots.
  • According to Howard Balzer, the Browns worked out DT Ricky Walker on Friday. 

Patriots

  • Patriots HC Bill Belichick said the team nearly cut WR Gunner Olszewski, who ended up making the final roster after playing cornerback at Division II Bemidji State, after OTA’s: “Sometimes it’s just getting that first look and getting started.” (Mike Reiss)
  • Though Patriots C David Andrews is out for the season with blood clots, he’s stayed around the team and is helping coach players like recent trade addition Jermaine Eluemunor: “He’s been watching me and giving me pointers, things I can improve on so I can become a better player. It was really cool for him to come up to me. It’s only my sixth day [here]. I’ve watched him on TV a bunch, and he’s a guy who always stands out. He’s a great leader.” 

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