Antonio Brown took off his shoulder pads, threw his T-shirt and gloves into the crowd and waved to the fans as he exited the field in Week 17. It was just the latest theatrical departure for Brown, as Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians announced after the game that the WR was “no longer a Buc.”
Now released by Tampa Bay, the 33-year-old has been released three times in the last three seasons. With unguaranteed contracts in the NFL, that’s a lot of money Brown has missed out on. Exactly how much? Let’s find out.
Antonio Brown’s Career Earnings
Brown has lost a fair bit of money, but he’s still made enough that he probably won’t notice a few lost dollars. Across 12 seasons with the Steelers, Patriots, Raiders and Buccaneers, the wide receiver has brought in $80,373,752 in career earnings, before tax.
Suspensions And Fines
Even before his releases, Brown has lost a significant chunk of change from fines and suspensions. His total losses due to fines and suspensions add up to $577,460.
His most significant financial penalty came in September 2019, when he was fined by the Oakland Raiders for “conduct detrimental to the team,” costing him $215,074 and prompting his release the next day. He was fined the month prior by the Raiders for missing mandatory practice.
During his lengthy tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown was regularly fined for on-field incidents like excessive celebration or uniform violations, but he was never suspended by the league prior to joining the Buccaneers. With Tampa, he was twice suspended for “conduct detrimental to the league,” serving three- and eight-game absences.
Total Career Earnings Lost
Trying to parse exactly how much Brown has lost is difficult due to the complicated nature of NFL contracts, guaranteed money and restructured deals. Figuring out how much he’s lost after being released by the Patriots, Raiders and Buccaneers is a good place to start.
After forcing his way out of Pittsburgh, Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders and signed a new three-year, $50.125-million deal with over $30 million in guarantees in 2019.
I’m sure you know this by now, but Brown never played a single regular-season game for the team. He made anywhere from $0 to $860,000 with Oakland, depending on the source, and received almost none of his guaranteed money. Brown unsuccessfully attempted to file legal action against the Raiders for his guaranteed money.
After the Raiders, he latched on with the Patriots on a one-year, $10.5-million deal with $10 million in guaranteed money. After one game, four receptions and another quick exit, he left New England with just $5,153,921 in earnings.
With those two releases in 2019, Brown lost at least $54 million, and over $30 million in guaranteed money. Even if he is paid out in full after his release from the Buccaneers, if you account for money lost to suspension and contract bonuses missed out on, the wide receiver has lost over $60 million in potential career earnings.
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