Companies are lining up to protect Antonio Brown’s head with a custom-built helmet he would be paid to wear, agent Drew Rosenhaus said of the Oakland Raiders wide receiver.
Rosenhaus said Brown was “going to move on” after a second grievance over his preferred — but no longer NFL approved — headwear was denied. But the plan for moving on could include an endorsement deal with a helmet company offering to craft a helmet to Brown’s precise preference.
Whether the NFL will move to quickly approve a personally crafted crown for Brown is uncertain. The Raiders open the season Sept. 9 at home against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.
“As a result of all the publicity accrued from our efforts to get him to wear that helmet, he has multiple offers on the table right now from various companies to custom-make a helmet for him and pay him quite a bit of money,” Rosenhaus said. “We have found, without getting into specifics, some very suitable alternatives. We’re very excited. Antonio will be wearing a helmet. He won’t be missing any time, and he’ll be getting paid a lot of money to do so. It’s sort of a happy ending, even though he won’t be able to wear the old helmet.”
Acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown has barely been on the field with the Raiders since the offseason. He had an uncanny foot injury that equated to frostbite from cryotherapy and then drew a line in the sand over his outdated — by NFL safety standards — helmet.
Rosenhaus said Brown, who received a contract extension with the Raiders, is ready to let his play on the field do the talking after a dramatic summer.
“The helmet and the foot — all that is behind him now,” Rosenhaus said. “He’s going to flourish with Jon Gruden and Derek Carr. I’m very excited for him moving forward.”