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Antonio Brown appears to announce retirement on Twitter

Now former Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is not happy with the NFL and appeared to announce his retirement on Twitter. We’ll see how long that holds up.

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown makes a catch for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown is not pleased with the NFL and for the time being appears to be calling it quits. The former Patriots, Raiders, and Steelers wide receiver tweeted about it Sunday morning, two days after New England released him. Given there is a moderate chance this tweet is deleted, below is a screenshot followed by the language of the tweet.

Antonio Brown tweet: Won’t be playing in the NFL anymore these owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime we will see if the NFLPA hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up!
Antonio Brown tweeted he is not going to play in the NFL anymore.

Will not be playing in the @NFL anymore these owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime we will see if the @NFLPA hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up !

Brown grew unhappy with the Steelers and forced a trade to the Oakland Raiders this offseason. Things got out of hand with a dispute over the helmet Brown used. That was followed by developing problems with Raiders GM Mike Mayock that resulted in his release and forfeiting nearly $30 million in guaranteed money. Shortly after he signed with the Patriots, and debuted in Week 2 with a trip to the end zone. This came amidst a rape allegation, and then a second allegation of sexual misconduct and a host of other allegations in an SI.com report. The Patriots finally decided on Friday to release Brown.

At this point, it’s anybody’s guess what Brown’s future holds. People will suggest the XFL, some serious and some joking. It seems unlikely he would do that given the pay disparity. He remains an incredibly talented wide receiver, and the NFL has proven time and again that it will forgive that kind of talent if you’re available to play. The NFL has said it is investigating the various allegations, so a suspension or placement on the Commissioner’s Exempt List even before he finds a new home is a real possibility.

I suspect Brown will back at some point, but whether or not it’s in 2019 is hard to say. You probably shouldn’t unload him quite yet in season-long fantasy football leagues, but he’s going to be a weight on your bench for the time being.