Just over two weeks ago, the New England Patriots, for some inexplicable reason, dug a financial hole by agreeing to grant Antonio Brown a $ 9 million signing bonus. Now team owner Robert Kraft has to pay for it.
That's the consensus of five league sources that talked to Yahoo Sports this week – everyone knows Brown's now-invalid Patriots deal and everyone has extensive experience with the overlap between NFL contracts and the league's collective bargaining agreement. The Group generally expressed its belief that New England's payout to Brown would likely be well into the 2020 calendar, after a comprehensive arbitration was announced that could ultimately shed light on what Brown and his agents were facing before signing a letter Civil action for threatening sexual assault with the Patriots knew.
A key to take was strongly underlined by the group: The Patriots cut Brown before triggering a signing bonus gap, as described in the CBA. And that will be the foundation and winner of an upcoming complaint from Brown and the NFL Players Association.
As one source put it, struggling to maintain this signing bonus is either a gross misunderstanding of [the CBA’s] rules for invalidating signing bonuses or simply defiance. I can not believe they do not understand the signature bonus holes in the CBA. There is no way. That's just malice. They are fighting [Brown] out of anger and embarrassment.
Why Patriots Are Forced to Pay Brown's Signing Bonus
When it comes to Brown's $ 9 million signing bonus, the fight seems to be for an argument in the CBA clause. In particular, Articles 4 and 9, which lay the basis for the retention of the financial penalty within a contract. It states:
(a) Forfeitable Breach. Any player who (i) intentionally fails to report, practice or play has the consequence that the ability of the player to fully participate and contribute to the team is significantly affected (eg without limitation if he does so) Cadres or no extreme performance) personal need); or (ii) is unavailable to the team due to conduct leading to its detention; or (iii) is unavailable to the team due to a non-football injury resulting from a material breach of paragraph 3 of its NFL Players' Agreement; or (iv) voluntarily retires …
The CBA language states that Brown could have waived his signing bonus if he had done one of four things:
He was denied to report, practice or play, and this has prevented his ability to help the team.
Became unavailable due to behavior that led to his imprisonment.
Became unavailable due to an injury that called his player contract a non-football violation.
The problem for the Patriots is that Brown did not fit under one of those qualifiers before his release, which in the eyes of the union (and the other league sources familiar with his deal) equates to the state of the patriots on the hook for his signing bonus. Therein lies the only kicker that counts: Regardless of what the Patriots have included in their contract with Brown when it comes to annulling his signing bonus, the referees have consistently decided that the CBA language will replace the team language if it does about player contracts. And the CBA says Brown had to fall into one of the four categories above to lose his signing bonus. No matter what the Patriots put into their deal with Brown, the CBA's four designations were all that mattered for the signing bonus it came to Brown and gave it up: that he and his deputy did not alert the crew to his civil suit made. Basically, the patriots could have used this withholding of information as a means to void their entire business. But New England disputed its claim by playing Brown against the Miami Dolphins after the lawsuit was filed in federal court.
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"If they had [Brown] cut as soon as they learned of the civil lawsuit, there would be Argument of [withholding] violation that undermines the entire agreement. "A source reported Yahoo Sports. "But they kept him on the list after the lawsuit was filed. They played him in a game. They even paid him checks for the work. If the civil lawsuit had been a real deal breaker, the Patriots could have proven it by breaking the law. Her actions speak for her purpose, and her intention was shown when she continued to pay him after the civil suit.
Another source told the patriot not to do a weekly weekly deal.
"They did the contract structure to know how difficult it is to [the CBA] withhold or reclaim a signing bonus," the source said. "If they wanted more protection, that was their option when they negotiated the deal. They could have protected themselves by making the deal a set of 53-man roster bonuses per game. The sign up bonus route is an immediately recognized part of the earned money as soon as it signs. It's the most player-friendly way you can go.
The Patriots have a bad contract with Brown.
Did New England make a bad deal in the hurry of the team to sign Brown, and if it were willing, Brown would pay so much for a signing bonus has it done enough background work to justify that trust? bad contract structure in the face of the events and the lack of protection that exists now.Whether the patriots have done enough homework or not is controversial, although the team did not do enough to protect themselves from the possibility that Brown and his agents might not tell the team what they needed to know.
Why of these materialized things – a poor contract structure and lack of knowledge about Brown's problems – will continue to be controversial, some of which is probably related to Brown's talent, which is him from the moment he was dismissed by the Oakland Raiders, turned into a pursued estate. It is very likely that the Patriots, for fear of losing Brown, went too fast and offered too friendly a contract.
I would lose to another team if they did not give them this structure. And they thought they could control the child – which they probably could. What they did not see coming was this other [stuff] and that made [them] crazy. "
In a few months, it will also cost the Patriots, because there is no denying that this part of this mess: New England dug a hole when it did not protect properly. Now it has to pay the $ 9 million signing bonus when it comes out. Whether it likes Bob Kraft or not.
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