Some 32 hours after Antonio Brown said he would be announcing where he would be playing next season, Brown posted several things on his twitter and instagram pages. The first was himself superimposed into a Raiders uniform with #Raidernation
☠️☠️☠️ #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/ul6lIVk9dE— Antonio Brown (@AB84) March 10, 2019
He posted the same image on his Instagram page with the same hashtag.
The second was a video of he and Derek Carr talking at the Pro Bowl with the words “Love at first sight”.
Love at first Sight...... @derekcarrqb pic.twitter.com/YiuCLq3G9z— Antonio Brown (@AB84) March 10, 2019
Shortly afterward, Adam Schefter said the Raiders and Steelers had reached a verbal agreement in exchange for a third and fifth round pick.
Raiders are trading a third- and a fifth-round pick to the Steelers for WR Antonio Brown, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2019
As for his contract, he gets no new years added to his existing contract, but adds $30 million in guarantees. He will make about $16.7 million per season over three seasons.
Raiders are adding money to Antonio Brown’s deal: He now will have three years worth $50.125 million - with incentives to go to $54.125 million, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2019
Where there was no guaranteed money there’s now $30.125 million guaranteed, per source.
The 9-year veteran receiver has made the Pro Bowl in seven of the last eight years and was named an All Pro each season from 2014-17.
He has arguably been the best receiver in the NFL the past five years. At the age of 31 he has said he wants to be the highest paid receiver in the NFL and has said he wants all guaranteed money. His contract demands along with his behavior since he first demanded a trade from Pittsburgh scared away a lot of teams. It also led to the Steelers not getting as much in trade as you would have otherwise expected for a player with his obvious talents.
His potential personality concerns aside, he offers the Raiders a dynamic weapon at receiver they desperately needed across from Jordy Nelson.