After the false alarm on Thursday night that disgruntled superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown would be going from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Buffalo Bills, we do appear to have an actual trade lined up.
Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night Brown is headed to the Oakland Raiders, and even though Oakland has four first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, they didn’t have to give up even one to acquire one of the NFL’s best receivers.
Raiders are trading a third- and a fifth-round pick to the Steelers for WR Antonio Brown, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2019
Schefter also added that AB will get the uptick in money he desires:
“Brown will receive a new three-year deal worth up to $54.125 million from the Raiders, with $30.125 million guaranteed, the source said. He previously had three years and $38.9 million left on his contract with the Steelers, with none of the money guaranteed.”
That reworked contract would make Brown the highest paid receiver in the NFL, just ahead of Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants.
We don’t need to rehash all of the drama surrounding Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, and the Steelers organization as a whole. Frankly, I got pretty sick of seeing Brown’s interviews and I think he’s an awesome player to watch. But it looks as if the next chapter of his career will be with the Raiders, for the time being quarterbacked by Derek Carr. For a terrible team that traded away Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack last season, their first major move this offseason is to bring in someone who is widely regarded as one of the league’s best players.
Oh yeah, for those who despise the Steelers, here’s one giant L for you to enjoy.
Antonio Brown is gone from Pittsburgh, but not forgotten. Brown will leave the Steelers with a dead-money salary-cap charge of over $21 million this season, thought to be the biggest one-year salary-cap charge in NFL history.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2019