It’s been a rough week for the Las Vegas Raiders fan base as the franchise drifts away from Jon Gruden. The head coach was forced to resign after a series of e-mails containing racist, sexist and homophobic statements came out in 2011 as part of a 2011 study of the Washington Football team’s work culture. While Gruden is officially finished with the team, the players and coaches still have games ahead of them.
One of Gruden’s largest acquisitions during his time with the Raiders was the signing of the offensive tackle Trent Brown. The team awarded him a four-year contract worth $ 66 million in 2019. When he was on the field, he was elite and even made a Pro Bowl. However, he was rare in the field. He played 16 games in two seasons with the team.
Brown has become a maligned character for the Raiders fan base and they were glad he was traded to the New England Patriots in the off-season. He decided to throw a veiled shot at the team by saying that “the grass is greener” in New England amid all the Gruden drama.
Needless to say, Raiders fans didn’t respond well to Brown’s tweet.
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No one can deny Brown’s talent in the field if he’s perfectly healthy. He’s a Pro Bowl-level player and at times looked like the best real tackle in the NFL. However, he simply cannot stay healthy over the long term. Brown has played one game since returning to the Patriots and is currently in the team’s injury reserve.
Raiders fans were quick to point this out in response to Brown’s tweet.
A fan interviewed by Brown would be chasing the Raiders now, considering the team paid him over $ 36 million to play 16 games in two seasons.
The Raiders’ offensive line has been a mess this season. First-round rookie pick Alex Leatherwood was called up to replace Brown and was one of the worst pass guards in the NFL. Even so, the Raiders were clearly right to act Brown. He has only played one game this season and could be a distraction for the team.
He also ate a huge chunk of Cap Space. The Raiders have made their offensive line significantly cheaper this season. While this looks like a big mistake at the moment, the team’s defense might not have made the improvements if the team hadn’t taken money off the offensive. If Brown were healthy he would be worth all the money and the team would probably have kept him. He wasn’t a reliable player for the Raiders, however, and he wasn’t for the Patriots this season. Leatherwood might not be the answer to the right tackle, but neither would Brown. Plus, despite some really bad growth difficulties, the rookie can still evolve to kick off his career.
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