The “helmet drama” is not over yet. Even though many believed for one moment that the tense situation between Antonio Brown and the rest of the world is going to be solved, that didn’t happen. The wide receiver is still trying to find a way to keep his old helmet and continue playing with it. But at least he came back to the training camp.
His agent Drew Rosenhaus was a guest on ESPN’s Get Up!, where he had a long conversation with the hosts of the show. He spoke about player’s concerns regarding his safety, underlining that Brown played with his current helmet for all nine years as a pro and even before that. During that time, arguably the best WR in the last decade never had a single issue with it.
It is because of this that he feels safe when wearing it.
“He’s a wide receiver; he gets hit across the middle, people are trying to take his head off. He’s a big target… This is his life. He’s risking everything. He’s got a family,” Rosenhaus said. “This helmet has kept him safe.”
Antonio Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus explains why AB is not in camp right now: pic.twitter.com/iI5yl4ll0D
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 19, 2019
The agent also said that the player appreciates all the safety precautions the league and the players’ association brought in. Rosenhaus also added that at the moment, AB tries to find a new helmet which could replace the old one. The player already tried more than 15 models according to the agent, but none of them was fit for the Raiders new leader.
Some big helmet manufacturers were also contacted, and if there is not a suitable one for Brown, he might have to order a custom-made. The agent stated that both he and Brown are doing everything possible to find a solution to this situation.
In the meantime, AB appeared at the training camp after a long time. His frostbites are fading away, and pretty soon Jon Gruden will have his best player at disposal. The No.84 started practicing one day after Mike Mayock, Raiders GM, said that the player should decide is he “all-in with the franchise, or all-out.”
Antonio Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus (@RosenhausSports) responded to Mike Mayock, and had some disagreements.
[*whispers* @AB84 was at practice today 👀]
— Yahoo Sports NFL (@YahooSportsNFL) August 19, 2019
Rosenhaus commented on that too. He explained that there is nothing problematic in Brown’s intention to play and that the player is 100% willing to commit to the Raiders and to try to make them great again.
Brown already missed two preseason games and will skip two more at least. When the reporters asked Rosenhaus about AB’s status for the first game of the regular part of the campaign against the Denver Broncos, he stated that the player should play.
“I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be. I believe we’re going to get this worked out in time for him to be there,” he said.
AB landed in California after a trade between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Raiders. Eventually, he signed a deal worth $54 million for three years, and more than $30 million are guaranteed.
He didn’t want to share the field with Ben Roethlisberger any more, labeling this player as the source of all the bad atmosphere at the Heinz Field. After him, Le’Veon Bell also decided to jump to the New York Jets, which marked the fallout of once a great Steelers team.
Now, Derrek Car and AB are projected to be one of the most lethal duos in the league. If they create decent chemistry, the prospects of seeing the Raiders in the playoffs are enormous.
But in order to do so, Antonio Brown needs to take care of his helmet issue first.