Antonio Brown’s latest tantrum could cost him a lot of money.
Earlier today it was reported that Brown got into a heated exchange with Raiders GM Mike Mayock because AB was angry about getting fined after missing practice when he was going through his helmet issue with the NFL.
The team is now talking about suspending Brown over the incident with Mayock but no decision has been made as of yet.
If the Raiders do decide to suspend Brown for the first week of the season they might be able to void his guarantees that are worth nearly $30 million. The Raiders could even cut Brown right now and would only owe him $1 million.
Brown’s new contract with the Raiders carries with it $30.125 million in fully-guaranteed money at signing. He already has earned a $1 million signing bonus. The other $29.125 million comes in the form of 2019 salary ($14.625 million) and 2020 salary ($14.5 million).
Assuming that a suspension would void the guarantees, the Raiders would be able to cut Brown at any point and owe him nothing further. They could even do it now, turning the Brown experiment into a $1 million mistake — along with the third-round and fifth-round pick they surrendered to the Steelers acquire him.
If they suspend him without pay for Week One, they also could do it at any time during the 2019 season and avoid owing him anything further under the Termination Pay provision of the labor deal, since a player with four or more years of service can collect the remainder of his salary upon being released only if he’s on the Week One active roster.
Update: ESPN’s Adam Schefter says there are people around the league that believe Brown could get cut by the Raiders.