Immediately after Antonio Brown was released by the Raiders on Saturday, the instant joke was that New England coach Bill Belichick would, once again, take on a player with past issues and turn the Patriots into the clear favorites to win a Super Bowl.
Hours later, it all came true.
Brown will sign a one-year deal with the Patriots for $15 million, including a $9 million signing bonus and $10 million of it guaranteed, according to multiple reports.
Although the Patriots play against Brown's first NFL team, the Steelers, in Week 1, Brown technically can't suit up to face his former teammates, because he wasn't eligible to sign with any team until just after 4 p.m. Saturday.
The addition of Brown gives an already loaded Patriots team an incredible receiver group that includes Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon.