The Pittsburgh Steelers have began to replace Antonio Brown, with their first move coming on Thursday. Pittsburgh have agreed to a contract with Donte Moncrief, signing the wide receiver to a two year deal that is expected to pay Moncrief $10.5 million a season.
Moncrief was originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, going in the third round of the 2014 draft. In his five seasons in the league, Moncrief has accumulated 200 catches for 2,543 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. His best season came in 2015, when the wideout caught 64 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns.
Although he might not put up the same numbers as Antonio Brown, Steelers fans should be excited to see Moncrief in the black and yellow. At 6’2, Moncrief offers a bigger, more physical target for Big Ben. With his height, the Steelers are getting an athletic redzone target with great hands, a weapon that they have lacked. Moncrief has terrific speed for his size, possessing the breakaway speed that makes him a legit deep ball threat. Lining up on the other side of JuJu-Smith Schuster will also benefit Moncrief, leaving him in more one-on-one matchups.
After a solid season on a bad team in Jacksonville last year, the sky's the limit for the young Donte Moncrief. If he was able to produce with Blake Bortles, then Moncrief will likely have a productive season with Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers.