After a grand total of zero regular-season games, The Antonio Brown Era is officially over for the Raiders.
In what has been nothing short of an absolute disaster of a tenure, Brown took to Instagram on Saturday morning to tell the world (and the Raiders) to release him from his contract.
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And that’s fine ! I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines.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
Brown’s demand came less than 12 hours after Brown posted a private call with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden as part of a hype (I guess?) video to social media. It also came just one morning after Gruden said that Brown, who was originally slated to miss the team’s Week 1 game due to a suspension stemming from an altercation with general manager Mike Mayock, would indeed suit up and play against Denver in the team’s Monday Night Football opener.
But rather than try to mend fences for the millionth time, the Raiders instead went ahead and granted Brown his wish.
Brown does not have to pass through waivers, meaning he’s free to sign with any team.
For all of his off-field headaches, the 31-year-old Brown remains a highly productive talent, and had 104 catches, 1,297 yards, and a career-high 15 touchdowns in 15 games with the Steelers last year.