Antonio Brown can officially sign his one-year contract with the New England Patriots on Monday.
A member of the Oakland Raiders just days ago, Brown is now a member of a team clear across the country. Moving and finding a new place to live while also trying to learn a new playbook and what your new quarterback expects from you aren’t easy tasks.
Tom Brady hopes to make it easier.
‘I’d love for him to stay at my house’
During the pre-show for “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, Al Michaels said he’d spoken to Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who told him that Brady offered to have the receiver stay with him until he gets settled in Massachusetts.
Brady confirmed the story to USA Today’s Jarrett Bell after the Patriots’ 33-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.
“I’d love for him to stay at my house,” Brady told Bell.
The 42-year-old quarterback lives in a 9,700-square foot custom-built home in Brookline, Massachusetts, about 25 miles north of Gillette Stadium, with his wife, Gisele Bündchen, and their two children.
The home also includes a separate 2,400-square foot guest house.
“He’s got a lot of stuff going on, but if he wants to, he’s welcome,” Brady said.
Bell wrote that Brady seemed serious; Brown stayed at a hotel on Sunday night.
‘He’s going to have to figure out his own way’
Also on Sunday night, Josh Gordon chatted with media for the first time since he was suspended late last season for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.
Gordon released a statement on Friday, acknowledging his battles with substance abuse and saying he no longer wanted to focus on the present and would no longer talk about his past.
Asked about joining the Patriots last year and Brown coming into the fold - Gordon was traded from Cleveland to New England a year ago - Gordon said there was certainly an adjustment.
“For me, initially, it was a culture shock,” Gordon said. “It was definitely different. I think as I grew in this environment and got to observe other young men move and organize and act professionally, expectations were high.
“It wasn't anything more than what I think they knew that they could do was being asked of them. I was like, ‘Alright, this is the way it's done here.’ I could either get with it, or look for a transition somewhere else. It's tough, but if this is what you want to do, I think this is the best place to be.”
As for Brown, Gordon said it’s on the All-Pro receiver to acclimate to how things are done.
“Antonio is Antonio. He's going to have to figure out his own way, just like everybody else has,” he said.
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