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This Antonio Brown Stuff is as Wild as It Gets: Fighting GM, Contract Chopped, Seeking Release on Instagram (UPDATE)

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I still remember when very, very tangential rumors popped after last season that maybe, just maybe the Bears might be a landing spot for Antonio Brown as the Steelers looked to unload him. The talent, obviously, was always tantalizing, but it was clear even then that trading for Brown – and then extending him – was going to come with so much more risk than, say, trading a haul for Khalil Mack and then extending him on a massive deal.

Which is to say, the Raiders came up short on both of those monster trades. Whoopsiedoodle.

Since acquiring Brown back in March for 3rd and 5th round picks and extending him (with $30 million in new guaranteed money), the Raiders have seen Brown go through a bizarre foot issue, a ridiculous helmet issue, and a rumble with the GM. He was set to be suspended for that last one, but then … he wasn’t? Then he was gonna be fine a little bit … and then he made a weird YouTube video … and now he’s getting massively penalized and he wants released?

I … this is just crazy drama, and I can barely keep up. Let me just offer up the story line, starting from last night:

I’d say the chances Brown remains with the Raiders this point are quite low, and the chances he contributes meaningfully to a team this NFL season are only slightly less low (because Patriots). But hey, at least this potentially helps the Bears’ 2nd rounder they’re getting from the Raiders after this season! Tank! Tank! Tank!

How, how could the Raiders have foreseen challenges ahead:

UPDATE: It happened. He’s gone:

Brown is now a free agent who can theoretically sign with any team, though there’s going to be a serious grievance proceeding with the Raiders about his guarantees and termination pay. Meanwhile, is any team out there going to guarantee him much of anything? And will he play without any guarantees?

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.