Antonio Brown is on his strategy to the Oakland Raiders, and right here’s how the deal grades out for his new staff and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Regardless of showing to don’t have any leverage past going scorched earth on everybody, Antonio Brown has gotten his want for a commerce from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ian Rapoport of NFL Community was first to report Brown is headed to the Oakland Raiders, in trade for third and fifth-round picks in subsequent month’s draft.
Brown can even get his want for a reworked contract, because the Raiders will reportedly give him $30 million in assured cash and push the full worth of the three years he’s bought left on his deal from $38.9 million to only over $50 million.
Brown is getting a notable downgrade at quarterback, from Ben Roethlisberger to Derek Carr, together with broader downgrades to the expertise round him. It’s simple to see Brown shortly turning into overtly annoyed with Carr’s limitations, however he’s bought some new cash to assuage his ache.
WR Antonio Brown
2019 third Spherical Choose, 2019 fifth Spherical Choose
Raiders Grade: B
Brown will flip 31 earlier than the 2019 season begins (July 10), so the Raiders are making a big monetary wager he’ll keep his degree of efficiency for a number of extra years. Even with some erosion from that bankable degree, with a least 101 catches, over 1,200 yards and a minimum of eight touchdowns (double-digits 4 instances) in six straight seasons, Brown ought to ship effectively in keeping with his compensation degree.
One in every of Oakland’s main receivers final 12 months, tight finish Jared Cook dinner, is about to go away in free company. That leaves extensive receiver Jordy Nelson as the one different non-running again to prime 50 catches final season (63), and he wanted 38 catches over the ultimate 5 video games to get there. So Brown is filling a transparent void, as Carr enters what could possibly be his remaining season because the Raiders’ quarterback.
Not solely did Pittsburgh solely get third- and fifth-round picks for one of many NFL’s greatest extensive receivers, they’re additionally taking up a crippling $21.2 million in useless cash for this 12 months by buying and selling Brown.
However alternatively, the Steelers have eliminated a giant headache. Brown’s relationship with Roethlisberger had fairly clearly dissolved to the purpose of no return, and with the group making their dedication to the quarterback clear it was a battle Brown was not going to win. However till he bought what he needed, maybe with a simple assumption Roethlisberger needed him gone, there have been no indicators the self-dubbed “Mr. Large Chest” was going to cease making a distraction.
Eradicating that distraction is all that retains the Steelers from getting a powerful ‘F’ right here.
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