The announcement on Saturday morning sent shockwaves through the NFL: the Oakland Raiders had released star receiver Antonio Brown.
AB is one of the most gifted offensive players in the league—once a sixth-round pick out of Central Michigan, he’s blossomed into an unstoppable weapon, making six straight Pro Bowls. And it's clear that, despite being 31 years old, he still has plenty left in the tank to contribute on the field. Last season, while splitting targets with receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and RB1 James Conner, Brown racked up 104 catches for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns. In his last game of the season, he had two touchdowns and 185 receiving yards. He looked as capable as he ever has.
And yet, Antonio Brown is—as of September 7, 2019—a free agent. Life comes at you fast.
Ultimately, his off-the-field antics and distracting personality have fueled his rapid demise. After acquiring him in April, Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden were fed up by September. Brown’s release from the Raiders marked the culmination of an insane few months for the troubled star.
While we wait to see what’s next in his career—is he about to go off for 1,000 yards with Tom Brady, or maybe give even more Super Bowl hope to Cowboys fans?—let’s all relive the almost-too-crazy-to-believe Antonio Brown Drama with a timeline of his chaotic and classic 2019.