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  • Steelers deal Antonio Brown to Raiders for 3rd & 5th round picks

    Source: Steelers agree to deal AB to Raiders
    Saturday, March 9, 2019
    Updated: March 10, 8:53 AM ET

    Antonio Brown finally has a new home.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to trade their prolific but disgruntled wide receiver to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a third- and fifth-round pick, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    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.

    In the end, Brown converted the Steelers' four-year extension at $17 million per year into what amounts to $19.8 million per year in new money.

    Brown first indicated on his Instagram account late Saturday night that he was heading to Oakland.

    Trades are not official until the new league year begins Wednesday.

    This will be the first NFL trade for new Raiders general manager Mike Mayock.

    For the Raiders, the addition of Brown provides an explosive deep threat for quarterback Derek Carr that coach Jon Gruden and the rebuilding team desperately need.

    In 2018, Brown had eight touchdown receptions on passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield, most in the NFL. The Raiders as a team had four such touchdowns last season.

    In 2018, Brown dropped only one pass in 170 targets. The Raiders as a team had 22 drops, tied for ninth most in the league.

    In 2018, Brown's average target was thrown 11.2 yards downfield. The Raiders averaged 6.87 air yards per target, the second-lowest mark in the league behind the Detroit Lions (6.85).

    The Raiders, who have had one winning season and one playoff appearance since the 2002 campaign, had the 18th-ranked passing game in the NFL last season, averaging 234.4 yards, and their 19 receiving touchdowns were tied for 24th. Jordy Nelson led Oakland receivers with 63 receptions for 739 yards and three TDs.

    Gruden raved about Brown before the Steelers visited Oakland in December. Brown was limited to a season-low 35 receiving yards on five catches by cornerback Gareon Conley in the Raiders' 24-21 victory.

    "He can run every route you dream up," Gruden said of Brown at the time. "I say that about other receivers, but he can run double moves, he can run by you, he can run crossing routes, he's very good after the catch. What's the greatest thing about this man? I've told all our receivers, if you get a chance to watch him practice, you'll see what unlocks the greatness in him.

    "He's the hardest-working man, I think, in football. Hardest-working player I've ever seen practice. I've seen Jerry Rice, I've seen a lot of good ones, but I put Antonio Brown at the top. If there are any young wideouts out there, I'd go watch him practice. You figure out yourself why he's such a good player."

    Carr and Brown have previously spoken highly of each other.

    Brown lauded Carr at the Pro Bowl in January 2018, when both players represented the AFC.

    "He's special, man," Brown said of Carr at the time. "It's been an honor catching the ball from him. He's a great young quarterback, young champion, and [has] all the fundamentals to be one of the greatest."

    On Saturday night, Brown tweeted a video of the two from last year's Pro Bowl, along with the caption, "Love at first sight."

    Carr responded to Brown's tweet, "Brother let's get to work!"

    One year ago, the Steelers were built around the Killer B's. Now Brown is going to be a Raider, running back Le'Veon Bell is going to be a free agent and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the last Killer B standing in Pittsburgh.

    By trading Brown, the Steelers will be forced to swallow $21.12 million in dead money against their salary cap, according to a source. It's thought to be the largest dead-money charge in NFL history.

    Brown recorded Hall of Fame-type production in Pittsburgh with 837 receptions, 11,207 yards and 74 touchdown catches in nine years, including an NFL-record six consecutive 100-catch seasons. But a frayed relationship between the player and team overshadowed the gaudy numbers, and a divorce became inevitable.

    When the Steelers began entertaining a trade in January, they believed Brown's market would be strong, with one NFL general manager saying the Steelers would eye a first-round pick in any deal.

    The market was strong enough that the team could deal Brown, who will turn 31 in July, before free agency started. The Steelers marked Friday as an artificial deadline for a trade after several teams -- including the Raiders, Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans, according to Schefter's reporting -- showed interest during the NFL scouting combine.

    Without Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster will be Pittsburgh's No. 1 receiver and the focal point of the offense in 2019. He recorded a team-high 111 catches and earned his first Pro Bowl bid last season. The depth chart behind him, however, isn't so clear-cut.

    James Washington, a second-round pick in 2018, has obvious talent, but he struggled to find a rhythm as a rookie -- though he did encourage with a pair of 60-plus-yard performances late in the year. Slot receiver Ryan Switzer, who made an impact with 36 catches for 253 yards in his first season in Pittsburgh, is the only other core veteran wideout under contract. Three reserves -- Darrius Heyward-Bey, Justin Hunter and Eli Rogers -- are unrestricted free agents.

    The Steelers are among the league's most successful teams at identifying wide receiver talent in the draft, and they could select a Day 2 wideout for the third consecutive year to help replace Brown. They also can expand the passing game duties of tight end Vance McDonald and running backs James Conner and Jaylen Samuels.

    The Raiders are coming off a 4-12 campaign, and they don't officially have a home for next season. An Oakland Coliseum executive said last week that while a prospective agreement to keep them at the Coliseum is "95 percent" done, nothing is certain.

    The Silver and Black will move to Las Vegas in 2020, provided the new stadium there is complete.

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    The 38-year-old, nine-time Pro Bowl receiver will be counted on to bolster a receiving corps that is in desperate need of experienced help because of injuries and Keenan McCardell's holdout.

    Brown was released last week after 16 seasons with the Raiders, who told one of the most popular players in team history that he was no better than the fourth or fifth best receiver in a group that included starters Jerry Rice and Jerry Porter.

    With Tampa Bay, Brown could wind up being a starter with McCardell demanding a raise after a Pro Bowl season and Joe Jurevicius out indefinitely after undergoing back surgery earlier this month.

    The Bucs also think rookie receiver Michael Clayton, the team's first-round draft pick, can benefit from being around the 17th-year pro.

    Tim Brown played four years for Bucs coach Jon Gruden.(Getty Images)
    Brown played a franchise-record 240 games for Oakland, and his streak of 173 consecutive games with at least one reception is the second-longest in NFL history behind Rice's 273.

    "It's amazing to see how this league works," Rice said from Raiders camp in Napa, Calif. "You never know where you're going to be or where you're going to end up."

    He's second of the all-time list with 14,734 yards receiving, third in receptions with 1,070, tied for fourth with Hall of Famer Don Huston with 99 touchdowns and fifth with 19,434 all-purpose yards.

    The 1987 Heisman Trophy winner played for Gruden from 1998-2001, the last four years in a stretch of nine consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving. Two years ago, he helped lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Gruden-led Bucs.

    Last season, Brown had 52 catches for 567 yards and two TDs.

    Brown could get a chance to face his former team early in the year as the Bucs travel to Oakland on Sept. 26 for a Sunday night game.

    "The hype is already there," Rice said. "The second I heard he might sign with Tampa, I went, 'Oh my God. Here we go."'

    The Associated Press News Service

    Copyright 2004, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved
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  • Tampa_Ram
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    The Patriots were seeking to restructure the deal to lessen the salary cap hit of $5.7 million for the upcoming season. Apparently, an agreement could not be reached.


    Perhaps no player better exemplifies the selfless attitude of the defending Super Bowl champions than Brown.

    At age 33 and in his 12th year with the team, Brown was asked by coach Bill Belichick to take some reps at defensive back during training camp last summer and ended up filling in at nickel back.

    What started out as a lab experiment for depth purposes turned into a necessary exercise when both of New England's starting cornerbacks - Ty Law and Tyrone Poole - suffered season-ending injuries and Brown was pressed into duty at nickel back. He held up pretty well, recording three interceptions and five passes defensed.

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