A seven-time Pro Bowler, Antonio Brown is coming off a 2018 season in which he hauled in 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a league-leading 15 touchdowns.
The Raiders receiver reportedly said "he would hold the league liable" if he were injured while playing in a new helmet, adding that he wants to continue to play in his old one.
Last week, it was reported that Brown was threatening to retire unless he was allowed to wear his 10-year-old helmet, one that is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment and thus not permitted to be worn in the NFL. "If he doesn't play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn't get paid. They don't certify equipment that's (older) than 10 years".
In a freakish turn of events last week, the mercurial 31-year-old star wide receiver threatened to retire if he didn't get his way as he complained that the new wave of certified helmets inhibits his vision.
Brown is in a massive feud with the league over his favorite Schutt helmet. with the NFL barring the superstar wide out from wearing the headgear he's donned for the past decade. Brown is also not allowed to show up to practice with out-dated equipment as he and the Raiders can be fined for the violation. I hated to put it on the shelf. NFL Management Council general counsel Larry Ferazani and a representative of the NFL Player's Association along with Darren Heitner, Brown's legal aid, attended.
"You know, we need to look at the specifics of what Antonio needs to make him feel safe on the field", the source said.
But, when we spoke to Romanowski - who's spent some time with AB this summer - he told us there's no chance Brown hangs it up, saying, "I think he truly loves being a Raider right now". I'm excited. I've got some plays for him.