The waiting is over: the Patriots have officially added Antonio Brown to their 53-man roster.
Released by the Raiders and signed by the Patriots all in a span of half a day on Saturday, according to multiple media reports (and confirmed by Brown himself on Instagram), it began to feel like confirmation was never going to come after Patriots head coach Bill Belichick successfully dodged questions about Brown on both Sunday night and Monday morning.
But the the 31-year-old Brown’s addition to the New England roster was finally confirmed by the league’s transaction wire and subsequent press release from the Patriots shortly after 5 p.m. on Monday.
With Brown signed, the Patriots confirmed the release of tight end Lance Kendricks and safety Obi Melifonwu. Kendricks missed New England’s Week 1 victory over the Steelers due to a suspension, while Melifonwu was among the team’s inactives. The team also released tight end Stephen Anderson from the practice squad.
Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler and coming off a league-leading 15 touchdowns in 15 games with the Steelers last year, is eligible to play in the Patriots’ Week 2 meeting with the Dolphins.