After much craziness over the past few days, it appears that All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is finally getting a new home after all. However, unlike Thursday evening’s report of the Buffalo Bills acquiring Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers, it now appears that the Oakland Raiders will be Brown’s new team.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has the first news of a trade that is being finalized between the Raiders and Steelers, which will send draft picks in the third and fifth rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft to Pittsburgh. The Raiders have the second pick in round three and the third selection in round four; however, this does not hurt their total draft capital much, as the team has three picks in the first round this year.
While it is important to note that Rapoport was the person who broke the news about Brown going to the Bills, which was later refuted, this report has much more detail. Rapoport adds that the Raiders will sign Brown to a new contract to make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the league once again. Pro Football Talk reports that it is purely a raise rather than an extension, and that Brown will get about $19 million more in the next three years than he was due previously.
In the past few months, Oakland dealt away wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys, receiving one of their additional first-round draft picks in exchange. Essentially, they are getting an upgrade from Cooper, a third-round pick, and a fifth-round pick in exchange for Brown and a first-rounder.
For NFL fans outside of Pittsburgh, Oakland, and perhaps Buffalo, it is probably just a relief that this saga has concluded.