The drama surrounding vast out Antonio Brown is lastly over, because the staff early Sunday morning moved the sad vast out to the Oakland Raiders for a 2019 third-round choose and a 2019 fifth-round choose.
The transfer ends one among, if not the oddest saga in Steelers historical past, one which began the week of the ultimate recreation of the common season when Brown stated he was injured, was sat for the ultimate recreation towards the Bengals, after which Brown got here out and stated he now not needed to play in Pittsburgh.
It’s a tragic finish to a state of affairs that simply couldn’t get labored out between the 2 sides, because the Steelers didn’t need to do something ultimately with Brown, however with a lot unhealthy blood on each side, there actually was no different selection than to commerce the previous sixth-round choose who grew to become the most effective vast out within the recreation.
As Adam Schefter of ESPN studies, Brown and agent Drew Rosenhaus kind of put the deal to Oakland collectively, because the Steelers appeared to have one thing in place for Brown late Thursday, early Friday sending him to the Payments, however Brown stated he wouldn’t report back to Buffalo.
Brown tweeted an image of himself carrying Oakland’s Silver and Black late Saturday night time and issued a second publish of himself and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr after they have been teammates on the AFC Professional Bowl squad.
The Raiders, as anticipated, additionally will make Brown the very best paid vast out within the recreation, giving him a reworked contract that covers three years and pays $50.1 million (with a most worth of $54.1 million) with $30.1 million of it assured.
With Brown gone, the Steelers vast out recreation now belongs to final yr Group MVP Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster, who final season proved his price in his second season with 111 catches and 1,426 yards.
What the Steelers must make up for is Brown’s 104 catches 1,297 yards, and you may wager the staff goes to not solely put extra strain on the likes of James Washington to step up, but in addition will take a look at the free agent market and the draft to see if a participant can by some means, someway choose up the slack.