All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is exchanging the black and yellow for the silver and black.
After his nine-year tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers ended in a bitter divorce, Brown is headed to the Oakland (soon-to-be Las Vegas) Raiders. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Pittsburgh agreed to send Brown to Oakland on Sunday in exchange for two draft picks — a third-rounder and a fifth-rounder. Brown will also reportedly sign a three-year, $54 million contract extension, with $30 million guaranteed. The deal will make him the league's highest paid wide receiver. The trade cannot be formally announced until Wednesday, when the new league year begins.
Brown, generally regarded as one of the most gifted receivers of all time, had a prolific on-field partnership with Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but their personal relationship reportedly soured over the course of last season.
Now, Brown will team up with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and head coach Jon Gruden. Oakland finished just 4-12 last year, good for a last place finish in the AFC West. It is also unclear where exactly the Raiders will play their games next season after their Oakland lease expired this year and their planned move to Las Vegas not set to begin until 2020. But Brown, who tallied 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in as many games last season, appears excited to be joining the franchise. Tim O'Donnell