On Wednesday the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that they’ve traded star wideout Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for their 3rd and 5th round draft picks from this year’s draft.
Brown has made it very clear throughout this offseason that he’s wanted out, publicly voicing his complaints on his social media platforms. With the prolonged torment of Le’veon Ball’s season-long holdout, the owners are aware that morale on the team is sparsely low, and that letting these two loose and starting anew is the only direction this organization could take.
Brown on the other hand, is looking like he could be getting a pay raise. His three year contract is expected to bump from $38.925 million to $50.125 million, with a gauranteed $30.125 million. He had no such guarantee before in Pittsburgh.
Since coming into the league in 2010, the 30-year old veteran has led the league in receptions (837), receiving yards (11,207), and receiving touchdowns (74). Last year he has 1,297 yards on a 104 catches, and took it to the end zone 15 times.
AB is arguably the best in his position, and Oakland hopes he could fill their void at wide receiver, after trading away their number one wideout Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys midway through last season. Jordy Nelson would be the receiver lining up on the other end of the field for the Raiders, but his inconsistent play throughout last season only amounted to Oakland ranking 18th among the NFL in passing yards.
Although he’ll be 31 come the start of the 2019 NFL season, Bryant gives daily accounts of his strict workout regiments on his Instagram and Snapchat accounts. It looks like he’s be ready to resume business once the season commences, and with a once in a blue moon talent like his, this would be the perfect opportunity for Head Coach Jon Gruden to prove his offensive expertise on the gridiron.