NFL rumors: Antonio Brown planning contract grievance against Raiders


Antonio Brown already has played for -- and been cut by -- another team, but his messy Raiders divorce might not be done just yet. 

The Raiders released Brown three weeks ago Saturday after voiding nearly $30 million in contract guarantees, and the four-time All-Pro now "is working on a potential grievance to recoup lost earnings," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Friday, citing a source. 

The source told Fowler that the NFL Players Association is "examining various scenarios" to try to get Brown some of his money back, including his 2019 and 2020 base salaries of $14.625 million and $14.5 million, his $1 million signing bonus, his unpaid Week 1 salary and his three Raiders fines. 

Brown requested his release three weeks ago after the Raiders voided his guarantees following a $215,073.53 fine for conduct detrimental to the team. The fine stemmed from a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock after Brown was displeased with the first two fines he incurred in Silver and Black. 

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The Raiders granted that request, and the New England Patriots swooped in hours later to sign Brown. Brown played just one game with New England, but the Patriots cut Brown -- reportedly to the displeasure of "several" players -- eight days ago following a federal lawsuit from Brown's former trainer, Britney Taylor, that he sexually assaulted her and accusations of sexual misconduct from an artist. The 31-year-old Brown sent threatening text messages to the artist after Sports Illustrated published her accusations, and he was released a day later. 

Brown reportedly intends to file a grievance against the Patriots in order to recoup his $9 million signing bonus, and New England very well could have to pay him. If Brown files and wins another grievance, the Raiders could, too. 

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