As if the Antonio Brown–Oakland Raiders drama needed more layers, the star wide receiver has been very active on social media Saturday. While most players would probably stay quiet through these trying times, that’s not in Brown’s nature. He’s had a lot of targets in his day and it looks like he’s now set his sights on David and Derek Carr.
He simply tweeted: “Bumper Carrs.” This is obviously referencing the Carr brothers, but it’s unclear what his intent may be. Derek hasn’t really had much to say on the matter, but his brother has been much more vocal. In response to a tweet where Brown’s agent was defending his client, David posted a clown emoji, either implying Brown or his agent were clowns. He also implied that Brown’s agent was a liar. Whether or not this is a direct attempt to disparage David is tough to tell. However, there’s no reason for Brown to mention the Carr’s in any capacity right now. It’s likely his attempt at being clever.
Brown wasn’t done tweeting. He got a little bit more cryptic and tweeted a quote.
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Derek Carr Avoids Media
The Raiders quarterback wasn’t too keen on speaking with the media after Saturday’s practice, per The Athletic’s Vic Tafur. It’s probably a good idea to let things calm down before Carr jumps in front of the media. With Brown gone, Carr remains the unquestioned leader of the offense, and the franchise needs to have his back. Based on most indications, Carr had a strong relationship with Brown. Whatever happened between the two appears to have impacted their friendship off the field.
There’s no doubt that this is a disappointing development for the quarterback. He’s now gone from having one of the best receiving corps in the NFL to a pretty average unit. The Carr-Brown connection was supposed to be a big deal for the Raiders. Now, the team will have to move on and Carr will have to count on Tyrell Willams being the guy going forward. Fortunately, Williams doesn’t bring any drama to the table.
Also, don’t forget about Josh Jacobs. He should be a huge focal point of the offense with Brown gone. He’s poised for a big year. While the loss of Brown hurts, there’s no reason to doubt that the Raiders will be improved in 2018.
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