Antonio Brown had ‘robust’ market beyond Patriots


Drew Rosenhaus is an agent, Antonio Brown’s agent to be specific.

He is by nature biased and anything he says has to be taken with at least a shaker of salt.

But just after Brown turned his release from Oakland into a potentially far more beneficial opportunity in New England, Rosenhaus told ESPN that the Patriots weren’t the only option for the All-Pro receiver during his short time on the free agent circuit this weekend.

“Antonio had a robust free-agent market and certainly had a lot of options," Rosenhaus told ESPN, as transcribed by Bleacher Report. "But it was hard to compete with New England and that amazing opportunity, that great franchise, and play with one of the all-time greats, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick."

Following nothing but turmoil in his short time in Oakland after pushing for a trade out of Pittsburgh, Rosenhaus portrays Brown as being ready to fall in line with the no-nonsense, drama-free culture under Belichick in New England. Rosenhaus has a long history of working with the Patriots with a wide variety of clients, most recently and notably with All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski.

“I'll just tell you that the Patriots are obviously a very solid, strong organization,” Rosenhaus told ESPN via Bleacher Report. “They do things the Patriots Way. They expect everyone to be accountable. They don't make any exceptions. I've discussed this with Antonio. And he wants to be a Patriot. He's prepared to go there, fit in, work hard, be like every other player on the team, do what's asked of him, do his job and make it work. He's honored with the opportunity and he's looking forward to taking advantage of it."

Doing his best to put a positive spin on a few months of anything but positive press, Rosenhaus thinks people need to take the totality of Brown’s career into account as looks to redeem himself in New England.

“A lot of people focus on the last couple of months of dysfunction and things with Antonio,” Rosenhaus said. “But what people should remember is that for eight years, he was one of the most rock-solid players in the league—on and off the field. I just don't want people to lose track of that."