When The Patriots finished up winning their Sixth Super Bowl. After seeing Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, and Bill Belichick embracing and talking about still being here, and the post-game comments from Robert and Jonathan Kraft that were giddy but edged, it all adds up to one thing: The Patriots have unfinished business. What else do they need to accomplish? They are being compared to the greatest dynasties in all sports. Brady arguments are starting with Jordan and Russell, not Montana and Starr.
This team once finished a season 18-1. That nasty taste in the back of all Patriots fans throats is still there. The Patriots have very few goals left to achieve. Let's look at what might very well be the motivation for getting Antonio Brown.
It Starts With Motivation
The Patriots 13-3 win was by the biggest margin in their Super Bowl history. But according to most outlets, it was a boring Super Bowl. No buzz. More an indictment on the Rams and Sean McVay than a Patriots win. Sure, there's the occasional 2/3rds of the Ringer football staff, or Greg Bedard, who champion this team's accomplishments. But this is a taste of what you get when you search 'Patriots boring' into google before the Antonio Brown signing:
Don't think for a minute Coach Belichick didn't notice. We just saw what happens when Belichick regains control of the team and uses motivation to maximum effect.
Again, the Patriots just pulled into a tie with the Steelers for all time Super Bowl wins. Tom Brady stands alone as the player with the most Super Bowl rings. Coach Belichick can do things like this:
Freddie Mitchell, a part time player, was used as motivation against the Eagles in Super Bowl 39. What do we think a national movement belittling the last Super Bowl will do?
Salary Cap Capital
The NFL salary cap can be convoluted. But the bottom line is the Patriots had around $11 Million in cap space. That's was enough cheddar to do some serious damage.
And this added up to the ultimate possibility.
There is a certain Raider wide out who has just shot his way out of town. Yes, Antonio Brown, probably the best wide receiver in the NFL, is not outwardly Patriot material. He put the post-game locker room on Facebook live. He doesn't show up for work at times. Brown also missed a court date, so is now a convicted reckless driver.
The Raiders were desperate to rid themselves of Brown, and his antics didn't work being in Oakland. With him missing the final game of the 2018 season, a reckless driving conviction in Pennsylvania, and all the madness with the Raiders, the price came down from 1st round pick territory. In fact, the Patriots singed him without any draft pick compensation. Brown signed for $9 Million guaranteed, with up to $15 Million in incentives. Ultimately, it's also easy to see the hardworking, nose to the grindstone Antonio Brown looking to rebuild his value here in New England.
The Patriots have the motivation and ability, with Antonio Brown in the fold, to go for an undefeated season in 2019. Let's put those '72 Dolphins out to pasture, we want our own insufferable undefeated toasts every year.
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