Listening to Boston Sports radio this afternoon, the hosts seemed to think this was Kraft's call more than BB's. So perhaps BB had no idea the axe was going to fall during his presser.
Another point... that $9MM guaranteed money? $5MM was due to be paid on Monday. The remaining $4MM in early January. So it's possible the Patriots get off cheap financially... owing only the pro-rated portion of AB's $1MM base salary. In the end, this was an 11-day experiment that will cost the Patriots very little in terms of money.