4 players who didn't live up to the hype (or price tag) during time with the Patriots

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Antonio Brown

Of all the shocking and unexpected signings the Patriots have pulled off over the years, the news of Antonio Brown signing a one-year contract with New England likely tops the list.

The dream pairing of Tom Brady and Brown had been discussed for years leading up to the 2019 season, and to see it finally happen was a bit surreal.

After spending nine years dominating the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown was traded to the then-Oakland Raiders, but things there went downhill fast. Reported tension between the receiver and head coach Jon Gruden made headlines, leading to issues with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock to Brown being fined for his actions.

As the drama continued in Oakland over the next few weeks, Brown took to social media to demand his release, which was granted just hours later.

Despite all the negative press he had been receiving during the summer for his time in California, on top of misconduct allegations made against him, the Patriots took a chance on Brown and signed him that same day to a one-year contract worth up to $15 million.

It was alleged that Brady had spoken convincingly with Belichick and owner Robert Kraft to sign the receiver in their last effort together to make another Super Bowl run. But Brown's stint in New England didn't last long either.

Brown made his Patriots debut in the week two game against the Miami Dolphins, totaling four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown in the blowout win.

A few days later, more disturbing allegations were made, and the Patriots were forced to release him. It was a bitter end to what most fans hoped would be one of the best teams in recent memory, only to be disappointed by week three.