Apparently, there was a method to wide receiver Antonio Brown’s recent social media madness as he reportedly deliberately tried to orchestrate his release from the Raiders.
Brown reached out to social media consultants, looking for advice on what he could do to ensure the Raiders would let him go, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday.
If that sounds outrageous, you wouldn’t be alone — one of the consultants Brown reached out to couldn’t tell whether the wide receiver was serious or not, according to Mortensen.
Shortly after posting a plea on Instagram for the Raiders to release him after they fined him $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, Brown got his wish and was released Saturday. Just hours later, he signed with the Patriots after also considering the Browns and Seahawks.
Brown raised eyebrows last week by posting a letter from general manager Mike Mayock on Instagram. He then posted a YouTube video that included a secretly taped conversation with coach Jon Gruden.
Despite Gruden’s insistence on Friday that all was good with his All-Pro receiver and he would play on Monday night, the Raiders had reportedly decided on Thursday they had enough of Brown. The Raiders spent Thursday calling around the league, looking to trade Brown, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Sunday.
ESPN reported Brown further tested the Raiders’ patience on Wednesday when, after turning in a dominating performance at practice, he complained his hamstring was bothering him and he needed an MRI.
Former Spartan Bell sets a yardage mark
Le’Veon Bell (Michigan State) became the fastest player in NFL history to get 8,000 yards from scrimmage for his career. He reached the milestone with a 5-yard run, his first carry for the Jets in the first quarter of his 63rd career game.
The 27-year-old Bell entered the game with 7,996 yards from scrimmage.
The previous fastest was Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, who accomplished the feat in 64 games.
Adrian Peterson, a four-time All-Pro and 2012 NFL MVP, was inactive for the Redskins after leading the team with 1,042 yards rushing last season.
... Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri experienced something for the first time in his 24-year career: two missed field goals and a missed extra point in the same game. It is the 18th time he has missed two or more field goals in a game.
... Giants rookie Daniel Jones made his NFL debut in the final two minutes. Jones, the heir apparent to the 38-year-old starterEli Manning, was 3 of 4 for 17 yards.
... The first game of the season couldn’t have gone any worse for the Browns.
They committed 18 penalties for 182 yards, a poor reflection on first-year coach Freddie Kitchens. The first half was a mess for the Browns, flagged 10 times, saw starting left tackle Greg Robinson get tossed, and had his backup, Kendall Lamm, go down because of a knee injury on Wake’s sack.
The Browns are 1-19-1 in openers since 1999.