NFL: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins

Former Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown watches from the sidelines in the second half of last Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. New England released the talented but troubled Brown on Friday, and will take the field without him against the Jets today in Foxborough, Mass.

SUPER AGENT Drew Rosenhaus took the Twitter Friday in a job hunt for a client.

“It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out with the Patriots. But Antonio (Brown) is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL. He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon.”

Yeah. Good luck with that.

The extremely talented Brown, who has already lost about $30 million with his ridiculous conduct, has been with three teams in six months and now finds himself unemployed after the Patriots cut him loose Friday.

The good news for him is he can’t be suspended by the NFL until he finds a new address. That could take a while — if it happens at all.

After Pats coach Bill Belichick walked out of his second media conference in a matter of days, the Pats decided it was time to say bye-bye to their latest troubled child.

They probably shouldn’t have allowed him to play under that dark cloud last Sunday, when he showed just how special he can be in his only game in a New England uniform.

Now, that 11-day chapter in Patriots history is over and this team, which probably didn’t need him in the first place to win, gets to go about its charge for title No. 7, and now without having to answer all the questions. They didn’t do anything from a moral standpoint in cutting him loose — they just did the prudent thing. This is what’s best for business.

From the NFL Friday night: “As long as Mr. Brown is a free agent, placement on the Commissioner’s exempt list is not appropriate. If he is signed by a club, such placement may become appropriate at any time depending on the status of the investigation.”

I’m not here to judge Brown — and I’m always one who feels bad for anyone who has emotional or substance problems. The guys appears to be in a very dark place and I wish him well getting out of it.

It is interesting, though, how the NFL problem children keep getting chances but Colin Kaepernick can’t even get a phone call.

Back to business, and now it’s time for the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets at Gillette Stadium on what promises to be a very warm afternoon.

Officially done

The end came for the disappointing 2019 Red Sox Friday night. The official playoff elimination came when the Indians won but it was fitting that the night was punctuated by another bad loss.

“We weren’t able to do things that we like to do, like hit-and-runs and steal bases, because of scores and the lineup configurations,” Alex Cora said. “That’s on us to talk about it in the offseason. How can we maximize a great lineup? We have a great lineup, we feel that we can do better and get back to those few things. We have to see if this is the order we like: Mookie (Betts), (Rafael) Devers, Xander (Bogaerts). Or we can switch it, so we can be more aggressive.

“That’s the cool thing about it. It’s not fun to back home early, but at the same time you start looking ahead and you’re like ‘OK, you know what? We’re not that far off, either.’ I know in the standings it looked that way, but we have a great group and we’re not that far off.”

The question, of course, is what will the order look like considering the Mookie Betts/J.D. Martinez situations.

The Betts trade speculation has already begun, with James Wilson of thescore.com listing nine potential destinations for Betts and his final year before free agency.

Wrote Wilson: “The Red Sox have also been hit by the luxury tax for years and are coming off a massive letdown with expensive pieces like Chris Sale and David Price still on the books. If J.D. Martinez opts out of his contract, Boston is suddenly no longer a lock to rebound and contend in 2020, meaning a soft rebuild around Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers may make the most sense.”

Friday night, NESN analyst Jerry Remy said, “You can’t let a guy like Betts walk away, you just can’t do it. … If you can’t get a deal done this offseason I honestly believe you can’t hold to him until next year and take that chance.”

Here and there

Cora said Friday Michael Chavis is likely done for the year but the plan is for him to play a month of winter ball in the manager’s home in Puerto Rico. “Most likely, he’ll go to Caguas and play a month down there,” Cora said. “While he plays, he can stop by my house and we can cook some good Latin food and he can hang with me. … Not too much, only a month if that. I think it’ll be good for him to keep working at his craft and get ready for next year.” …

The NHL reports last season was the first in league history where there was more players under 25 than over. …

Triple-A baseball, using the MLB balls that have been flying out all over the place this season, saw a 57 percent jump in home runs in 2019. …

Our stat of the decade is in: Daniel Palka of the White Sox was 2-for-64 on the season before Friday night but went 3-for-5 at Detroit to raise his batting average to .072. …

Brady clearly wasn’t thrilled with Thursday night football, instant messaging, “I’m turning off this game I can’t watch these ridiculous penalties anymore.” …

The great Bill Chuck tells us that the Dodgers, 99-55 through Friday, have never won a World Series when winning 100 games. And we’re talking seven times in Brooklyn and LA. …

Column pal Dave Laurila of Fangraphs tells us, “Last season, left-handers Blake Snell, Chris Sale, David Price, JA Happ, Kyle Freeland and Jon Lester had a combined won-loss record of 101-35. This season they’re a combined 47-52.” …

From @khalilbaseball on Twitter after the Yankees clinched the AL East: “bro. we won our 19th division title, score was 9-1 they were celebrating at 9:19 PM on 9/19/19. And the starting pitcher for us was Masahiro Tanaka.....number 19...what.” …

If the Cubbies do in fact finish their collapse that would likely cost Joe Maddon his job, they can look at going 8-11 against the Reds as a reason. …

Asked what mementos of his visit to Fenway he might take with him, the Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski said, “Probably the pictures of me and my grandfather on the field. I think those will be something that I cherish forever. Just one of those once in a lifetime moments.” …

Great line from New York Giants QB Eli Manning after losing his starting job to rookie Daniel Jones. With people asking him how down he is over the situation, he said, “I’m not dying.” Great perspective. …

Mike King, the Yankees’ minor league pitcher of the year, spent his first day in the major leagues with the Yankees and found himself in the middle of a champagne celebration. …

Speaking of the Yaz family, I covered Grandpa’s final year in the major leagues and Thursday I gave the kid an error in my role as official scorer. Yeah, it’s about me. Continue. …

Believe it or not, Albert Pujols stole second against the Yankees while not being held on first this year. If you’re scoring at home, it was the future Hall of Famer’s 12th straight steal going back four years. He improved to 3-for-3 this season. …

From ESPN’s Darren Rovell: “Sources: Michael Jordan sold his undisclosed minority piece of the Charlotte Hornets based on a $1.5 billion valuation. Jordan bought the team 9½ years ago based on a $280 million valuation (65% for $180M) and initially only put up $30 million cash.” Now, MJ is in the tequila business. …

Bob Nightengale of USA Today wrote about the 10 managers who could be out after this season. Don Mattingly, one of them, got a two-year extension from Marlins president Derek Jeter on Friday, but Saturday Andy Green of the Padres became the first manager fired in 2019. …

Pats offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, asked what he thought of the Brown situation, said, “Don’t care. I coach the offensive line.” …

From Alex Speier of the Boston Globe: “Mookie Betts appreciated the chance to see how Fenway received and celebrated Yaz and (David) Ortiz, iconic Red Sox. But their heroes’ welcome ‘doesn’t sway me. ... You can be remembered in that same fashion even if you put on a couple different jerseys’” …

Hey, Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has now thrown interceptions for eight different teams. ...

AP reports the Red Sox will pay a $13 million luxury tax penalty for this (disappointing) season. …

The Cardinals’ Yadier Molina caught Adam Wainwright for a 263rd start the other day. That’s eighth on the all-time list. Bill Freehan is the leader with 324 starts with Mickey Lolich. …

Brandon Carlo after signing his new deal with the Bruins: “I feel very blessed to be a part of this city in the sports aspect. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Throughout this experience and especially last year, we have a lot of unfinished business that we have to get buttoned up here, and hopefully we can do that within my time here in the next couple of years. I love it in this city, love being a part of it, love all of you guys, happy to be here.” …

Sox starter Rick Porcello, before rebounding with a strong effort Friday night: “I’m not thinking about (MLB free agency). I haven’t gotten anyone out in two months.” I still wouldn’t be shocked if the Sox give him the qualifying offer. Nor if he takes it. …

This from ESPNStatsInfo on Twitter: “The Steelers are trading their 2020 1st-rounder in a deal for Minkah Fitzpatrick. PIT has made a 1st-round pick in 52 straight NFL drafts, by far the longest active streak for any team. The last time PIT didn’t make a 1st-round pick was 1967, the 1st year of the common draft.” …

Everyone excited about the Fenway Bowl, which starts next season? …

From MassLive’s Chris Smith the other night: “Christian Vazquez hit 10 homers in his first 999 career plate appearances from 2014-18. He has 21 blasts in 482 plate appearances this season.” …

The NBA is going to a $10 million tampering charge aimed at times talking to free agents before the start of free agency. …

Thanks again to Chuck, who told us the Dodgers were 196-197 all-time in inter-league play heading into their 2019 finale against the Rays the other night. The Dodgers won that game to get back to .500. …

Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez last four starts: 25 2/3 innings, 16 hits, two earned runs, 39 Ks. Last seven? 44 innings, 34 hits, five earned runs, 54 Ks. …

Boston College scored its first road victory over a Big Ten opponent since 2003 Saturday. But it was only Rutgers. …

A sad story just gets worse as word emerged that the DEA is looking into the drug death of Tyler Skaggs. From ESPN: “One federal law enforcement agent, speaking on condition of anonymity, said fentanyl has been showing up ‘everywhere, even in marijuana’.” …

Through Friday, MVP candidate Anthony Rendon had 80 extra base hits and 80 strikeouts on the year. …

When Houston’s Gerrit Cole became the 18th pitcher with a 300-strikeout season this week, it got us looking at the list. Curt Schilling, whose post-career words and actions have to be what have kept him out of the Hall of Fame to date, did it three times. One year, with Arizona, he had 316 Ks and only 33 walks. …

Canadiens coach Claude Julien, asked what he took from walking the red carpet before one of those Kraft Hockeyville preseason games, said, “Just the fact that I haven’t walked down many red carpets in my career.”

Does Jacob deGrom win his second straight NL Cy Young? …

Dez Bryant to AB: “Antonio Brown I have no interest in knowing about your allegations but what I do want you to know is I’m praying for you brother... sooner or later we all will learn.. all we have is each other.... let your kids beautiful smiles ease your mind through the madness.” …

From CNN: “University of Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett declined a raise offered to him following a national championship win, saying in a statement, “I have more than enough,” and that he hopes the money saved can help other departments and coaches. …

Sorry to see Isaiah Thomas, now with the Wizards, will miss 6-8 weeks with thumb surgery. ...

Finally, a Sports Illustrated piece details the unfortunate plight of Rusney Castillo, trapped at Pawtucket because of the salary cap situation. He has one year remaining and has never given up his home north of Boston – making the drive every day. “He doesn’t have to do a darn thing, but he still does the same things he’s done since Day One,” says PawSox coach Bruce Crabbe. “Probably more. There are more gadgets.”

Mike Shalin covers Boston pro sports for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email address is shalinmike@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mscotshay.