New England Patriots

Antonio Brown of the New England Patriots looks on against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

FOXBORO, Mass. — Adam Schefter remains the most reliable and plugged-in reporter of anyone covering the National Football League. But he delivered the latest on Antonio Brown a little late.

In case you missed it, Schefter confirmed on Sunday that the Patriots will not be re-signing Brown out of free agency for the stretch run. Great news for anyone who didn’t want the Patriots to bother with Brown again. But it’s nothing new for anyone who pays attention to the local beat.

So in case you missed this, both Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston and Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported more than two weeks ago that Brown will not be returning to New England. When it comes to the Patriots, Curran and Howe’s reporting should be trusted as much as Schefter or anyone.

It appears Jeff offered his own subtle reaction to Schefter’s big scoop.

So, yeah. Appreciate Schefter setting the reports in stone on Antonio Brown. But anyone in New England paying attention to the local reporting already knew.

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