According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers have discovered an acceptable buying and selling accomplice for disgruntled huge receiver Antonio Brown. In accepting Antonio Brown amongst their very own, the Raiders will hand the star wideout a brand new $54.125 million deal, of which $30.125 million is assured, as per Schefter’s sources. The reported value of the commerce: a third and a fifth spherical draft choose.
In liberating themselves of Antonio’s $17 million per 12 months wage, the Steelers will really recoupe $19.eight million a 12 months in cap area. So in essence, the Raiders have accomplished good enterprise in turning Amari Cooper into Antonio Brown for those who come to think about it, contemplating the steadiness of draft picks in play. AB was first to report the transaction on his Instagram web page, the place he may be taking to the sphere in a photoshopped Raiders’ uniform.
Technically talking, NFL transactions of the like cannot be deemed “official” till the brand new league 12 months commences on Wednesday. This was a coup Jon Gruden and the Raiders, Derek Carrin specific, wanted virtually desperately, after developing the clear loser in final season’s Khalil Mack commerce that re-energized the Chicago Bears. AB joins a Raiders’ offense that ranked 18th within the league in passing effectivity, averaging 234.four yards per recreation by the air. AB will inevitably usurp Jordy Nelson within the pecking order as Derek Carr’s dynamic 1st possibility.