The New England Patriots have released wide receiver Antonio Brown after he played one game for the team.
Brown only joined the franchise at the beginning of the month, when he signed a one-year deal worth up to $15million, which also included a $9m signing bonus.
When he took to the field last Sunday, the seven-time Pro Bowler scored a touchdown for the Patriots as they beat the Miami Dolphins 43-0 in Florida.
However, before the his departure had been confirmed Brown posted a message on Twitter thanking the Patriots for the chance to play for the organisation.
“Thanks for the opportunity appreciate,” Brown tweeted.
A Patriots spokesperson confirmed Brown’s exit, when they said: “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown.
“We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”
Brown went on to post more messages on Twitter, with one saying “thank you” posted above a picture of him speaking to Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
He then went on to post two more messages, with the first saying: “The marathon continues” and the second saying: “Just got fired on Friday.”
And Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, also posted an update on Twitter revealing the player is now looking for his fourth team this year.
“It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out with the Patriots,” Rosenhaus tweeted.
“But Antonio is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL.
“He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon.”
Earlier in the day, Patriots coach Bill Belichick decided to end a press conference prematurely after receiving multiple questions regarding Brown.
“We take all the situations with our team very seriously,” Belichick said.
“There are some things we are looking into but I’m not going to have any comment on the off-the-field situations.”
Last season Brown was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers but after falling our with the organisation and several of his team-mates he was traded away to the Raiders, which saw Pittsburgh receive a 2019 third-round draft pick and 2019 fifth-round pick.
Brown reportedly had an issue with the Steelers not offering him the guaranteed money he desired, however, Oakland were willing to oblige and gave him $50m over three years, with $30m in guaranteed cash.
However, this guaranteed money was reportedly voided after the wideout had a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock and according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Brown will also likely forfeit his $9m from the Patriots as well.
“Antonio Brown likely forfeits $9M signing bonus from Patriots because of a contract clause calling for players to disclose situations preventing availability, per league source,” Fowler tweeted.
“This could lead to a grievance, but source says that money is ‘gone.’ Brown was due $5M Monday.”