Late last night, news finally broke that would put an end to all the speculation and drama that has surrounded wide receiver Antonio Brown and his next landing spot following his vocal displeasure of the Steelers organization.
It was announced that Brown would be traded to the Oakland Raiders for a third and a fifth-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. His new contract is set at 3 years/$50.125 million with 30.125 million guaranteed.
With those numbers, Brown is now the highest-paid wide receiver in the league. Unfortunately for other team who will soon be looking to retain their top pass-catchers, this may throw a giant wrench into any current plans.
Brown’s relocation to the AFC West brings one of the biggest stars in the NFL into a division already chalk-full of them. On a team such as the Raiders, he is instantly a one-man show with voids of talent surrounding him. However, with three first-round selections in this year’s draft, head coach Jon Gruden could very well put a few more play-makers around the veteran wideout before the regular season begins.
Unfortunately, this obviously means the Chargers will get to face Brown twice every season for the next three years. With the recent release of S Jahleel Addae, it already looks like Tom Telesco and head coach Anthony Lynn are making the right moves in order to reinforce the secondary prior to the arrival of “Mr. Big Chest.”