New England Patriots

Wide receiver Antonio Brown of the Oakland Raiders warms up before the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Antonio Brown sounds confident that the Patriots will have to pay him his guarantees. So why don’t they just bring him back?

That’s what the wide receiver argued in a new live video on his Instagram page, in which he makes … not the worst argument ever for why the Patriots should think about re-signing him.

“You guys follow the Patriots, tell them to call me,” Brown says. “They still gotta pay me, so might as well let me earn it.”

The NFLPA recently filed a series of grievances on Brown’s behalf, among them one against the Patriots in an attempt to get the rest of his $1.025 million salary for the 2019 season and recoup his $9 million in guaranteed money. Multiple league sources told Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson that the Patriots will eventually have to pay Brown what he seeks, although it could take until well into 2020 for the legal process to play out.

Brown makes a decent  point – if you look past all of the issues stemming from his past behavior that got him released in the first place, and approach him as simply an asset on the football field. But because of everything else – which could land him on the commissioner’s exempt list once he signs with a team, anyway – it’s likely the Patriots wouldn’t care about Brown’s logic here. Jeff Howe of The Athletic tweeted regarding Brown’s video that there’s “no chance of a reunion”.

If any team would pull off a major surprise, it’s the Patriots. They did when they originally signed Brown himself. But it sure sounds like they’re not going to venture down that road again.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at