Antonio Brown has finally been officially traded. League sources confirmed that the Steelers and Raiders have agreed to a trade that sees Antonio Brown head to Oakland in exchange for a 3rd and 5th round draft pick in this year’s draft.
The trade comes just days after big name reporters, such as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, claimed that Antonio Brown would be heading to the Buffalo Bills. Of course, this trade ended up falling through, allowing Brown to make his move to the Raiders. As part of the deal, Antonio Brown will receive a new contract from the Raiders, paying the wideout $50 million over the next three seasons.
Antonio Brown will add major firepower to an offense that is lacking explosiveness. Brown is coming off of his seventh seven with 1,000+ receiving yards, a season that saw him lead the NFL in receiving touchdowns with 15. With speed and quickness between the lines, Antonio Brown is dangerous in so many ways. Expect Brown to offer a deep ball threat for the Raiders next season, as well as someone who can cause havoc with simple crossing patterns and short screens.
As for Pittsburgh, they were able to add two more draft picks to their stockpile. The Steelers now have 10 draft picks in total, and are looking ready to reload after losing a huge piece of their offense. Up-and-coming receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will play a bigger role in the Steelers offense next season after his big year, catching 111 passes for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns. Names such as Demaryius Thomas and Golden Tate are also being thrown around the Pittsburgh front office, as the process of replacing Antonio Brown begins.