First Call: Deion Sanders says Ben Roethlisberger will retire during season; Raiders fans roast Antonio Brown |
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Tim Benz

In Tuesday’s “First Call,” Raiders fans voice their displeasure about Antonio Brown. Details of Brown’s contract with the Patriots are out. Deion Sanders seems to think Ben Roethlisberger will retire. And the Astros are unstoppable.

What are they saying?

The Oakland Raiders were on Monday Night Football at home to start the 2019 season against the Denver Broncos.

The hope was to see the “Black Hole” go crazy over Antonio Brown’s debut. But, of course, he lost his mind and forced his way out of town.

Oakland won anyway, though. The Raiders topped the Broncos 24-16. After one of their touchdowns, the crowd started chanting something.

I can’t quite make out what the refrain is here. It sounds like it’s maybe directed at Antonio Br… See the clip here.

Banking on himself

Brown’s contract with New England became official Monday.

Part of it is that Brown gets a $20 million guaranteed option if the Patriots want to pick it up.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the full terms of Brown’s contract look like this: “$1 million fully guaranteed in base salary, a $9 million signing bonus ($5 million now, $4 million later), $500,000 in 46-man roster bonuses and performance incentives of $1.5 million for each of these — 105 catches, 1,298 yards, 16 TDs, or just more than Brown’s 2018 production (104/1,297/15).”

No Patriots receiver has had such a stat line. And I doubt a Patriots receiver will get a $20 million salary. That’ll have to be reworked into a different deal against the cap, unless the Patriots decided to go the Darrelle Revis route again.

Patriots fans seem to be on board with the move.


That’s a bit much

A lot of crummy things were said about the Steelers in the wake of their 33-3 loss to the Patriots.

Most of them deserved. Many of them, by me.

But this one was a bit insane. Deion Sanders on “NFL Gameday” says that Ben Roethlisberger is going to retire before the end of the season. Sanders called the Steelers quarterback “disengaged” and “disinterested” Sunday in New England.

That must be news to Big Ben since he signed a three-year extension before the start of the year. And he is on record as saying that he has found his joy for football again this offseason.

Look, Deion, Roethlisberger was bad Sunday. But he’s not emotionally shutting down.

What time is it?

Odell Beckham Jr. knows what time it is.

Why? Because the Cleveland Browns receiver was wearing a $250,000 watch during his team’s 43-13 loss against the Tennessee Titans Sunday.

It’s time to start playing better, I guess.

And the NFL is looking into it. League spokesperson Michael Signora tells there are no rules prohibiting jewelry. However, the league does have a policy “prohibiting hard objects.”

Coach Freddie Kitchens claims he didn’t know that Beckham was wearing a watch.

Ease up!

The Houston Astros aren’t just winning. They are hurting the pride of other teams.

Houston just completed a four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners at the end of last week. During that series, they scored 41 runs, including 21 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, 12 NFL teams had fewer than 21 points Sunday.

The Astros weren’t done after Seattle. They stayed on the accelerator versus the Oakland A’s Monday, hitting six home runs.

Houston won 15-0. They have a 95-50 record and lead the A’s by 10.5 games in the American League West. The East-leading Yankees are also 95-50, tied for the best record in Major League Baseball.

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