Boomer Esiason on GHS: Patriots signing Antonio Brown was not a mistake

Ryan Hannable
September 23, 2019 - 9:18 am

Antonio Brown has been the talk of the NFL ever since he was released Friday afternoon and even more so Sunday morning when he went on a Twitter tirade, which included taking a shot at Robert Kraft and saying he's done playing in the league.

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Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Monday, WFAN and CBS' Boomer Esiason shared his thoughts on the matter, including saying the Patriots signing the troubled wide receiver was not a mistake.

“It would have been a really big mistake had [Bill Belichick] known all the things that were going on behind the scenes. But, if you don’t know then you are taking a chance on a guy and giving him an opportunity and he’s a great football player," he said. "I don’t necessarily know that it was a mistake. What is really amazing to me is how they could just sweep it aside and not even worry about it.”

Esiason does not believe Brown will play in the NFL again this season.

“It is a self-destructive personality and attitude and the tweets and the public persona have gone from, ‘Yeah, he was a great player and so much fun to watch in Pittsburgh to now persona non grata.’ I think he’s radioactive. I don’t think we seem him the rest of the year. I can’t imagine anybody taking a chance on him," he said. "I think there’s a fight to be had between the NFLPA and the NFL regarding some of the guaranteed money, but the language is pretty clear in these contracts. I can’t even believe I am still talking about AB this morning when there are plenty of other great stories out there in the NFL.”

Belichick and many of the Patriots players did not want to discuss the matter on Sunday, and the same went for Tom Brady Monday morning, although he did open up on how he wants to get the most out of his teammates.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, "there were plenty of players who were not happy" with Brown's release, but it was a decision that came from far above them. 

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