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    Brown finds new home, agrees to deal with Pats

    Antonio Brown has agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots.

    New England is giving Brown a one-year deal worth up to $15 million, Rosenhaus said. It includes a $9 million signing bonus, $10 million guaranteed and $5 million in incentives.

    The agreement comes hours after Oakland released Brown to end a tumultuous stint with the Raiders, who acquired the Pro Bowl wide receiver via trade during the offseason.

    Brown was eligible to sign with any team at 4:01 p.m. ET Saturday.

    Brown asked to be released by the Raiders in an Instagram post earlier Saturday. Oakland had fined him $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, sources told Schefter, a move that voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in Brown's deal.

    In addition, the Raiders sent Brown a letter stating that he no longer would be entitled to termination pay, sources told Schefter. As a result, Brown would have been playing on a week-to-week basis with both his guaranteed money voided and lack of termination pay.

    Brown never played a game for Oakland but was the center of the Raiders' offseason story.

    He spent time away from the team as he attempted to resolve issues with his helmet and his feet, was fined for missing time, got into a verbal altercation with general manager Mike Mayock over those fines and was fined for the altercation.

    Dating to 2010, his rookie season, he leads the league in receptions (837), receiving yards (11,207) and first downs (546) and is second to the now-retired Patriot Rob Gronkowski (79) in receiving touchdowns (74) during that span.

    Moss (three times) and Gronkowski (five) are the only players to record double-digit touchdown receptions for the Patriots since 2001. Brown recorded double-digit TDs in four of his last five seasons with the Steelers, including his league-leading 15 TD receptions last season.

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    Brown out: Pats cut WR amid off-field allegations

    FOXBOROUGH -- The New England Patriots released embattled wide receiver Antonio Brown on Friday, less than two weeks after signing him.

    Brown, 31, made his debut with the Patriots on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, totaling four catches for 56 yards and one touchdown.

    The Patriots had agreed to pay Brown a $9 million signing bonus, which was divided into two parts: $5 million that was due to be paid Monday and $4 million that was due Jan. 15.

    Brown, however, is unlikely to get any of the bonus because of a representation warranty clause that calls for a player to disclose any situations that might prevent continued availability.