Steelers ship Antonio Brown to Oakland
The Antonio Brown nightmare is finally over for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Unfortunately for the Steelers, there’s a ton of ramifications on getting such a low return for the best receiver in the game who was on a good contract.
The Steelers have traded Brown to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick and 2019 fifth-round pick.
This really is wild. Antonio Brown skipped work, disparaged the Steelers publicly, said he wouldn’t play on a contract with three years left, then got a raise of almost $20 million with $30-plus million in new guarantees on his way to a new team. Savage power play.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 10, 2019
Brown not only sabotaged his trade value so bad in that the best receiver in the game netted just a third round pick, a laughable return, Brown and the Rosenhaus brothers were running a power play the entire time from the week 17 absence to holding firm from the start on getting a new contract from whoever traded for Brown.
Brown essentially acted like he was a free agent in holding all the power over the Steelers and he wins at the end of the day — HE GOT HIS MONEY–
Drew Rosenhaus at the end of the day found one last standing team willing to rip up Brown’s current contract.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown will receive a new three-year deal worth up to $54.125 million from the Raiders, with $30.125 million guaranteed. Brown previously had three years and $38.9 million left on his contract with the Steelers, with none of the money guaranteed.
The Raiders also played this perfectly in waiting the Steelers out.
Oakland long considered a front-runner for Brown, had taken a pause in talks earlier this week due to the Steelers asking price and concerns of bringing Brown on board, but Gruden and Co just waited the Steelers out until the Steelers had no other option.
There was no other clear path for the Steelers.
The Steelers, though, had to end the circus and move on. They couldn’t let this drag on.
Once the Buffalo deal fell apart, Oakland was the only other option to re-engage in talks. The Steelers were backed into a corner and things were setting up where you either take this offer or release Brown.
They’re lucky Oakland even offered a third.
For the #Steelers I dont know how you spin this as anything more than a disaster. They spent over $29M in new money for basically one additional year that resulted in no playoffs and got taken to the woodshed by Brown starting in week 17. For all that they get a 3 and 5 back.
— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) March 10, 2019
Was there a ton of mis-management for the Steelers?
Absolutely and some of it dates back to last year in restructuring Brown’s contract again. Brown has always been a loose cannon, locker room problem, where the Steelers should have protected themselves better that a situation like this could happen where he goes off the rails.
Instead they’ll carry a $21 million dead cap hit with an early third rounder to show for it.
Antonio Brown is gone from Pittsburgh, but not forgotten. Brown will leave the Steelers with a dead-money salary-cap charge of over $21 million this season, thought to be the biggest one-year salary-cap charge in NFL history.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2019
The most disappointing part for the Steelers organization was how they let Brown stay in control with the message. They paid the guy without any fight for quitting on the team in week 17 and what’s worse was having Art Rooney II pose for a picture with Brown where Brown put the message out that both sides were moving on.
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Oh Leveon you jet skiing, rape singing, dumb A****! No one feels sorry for you good luck with the Jets… Your going to make $10 million less money you sniped at the team on twitter after bad games, you posted stupid videos, you all but guarenteed to rewrite the pay structure for running backs…karma bitch…….
He should have stayed with the Steelers and took the $70 million over 5 years..oh well…. another bad apple in the big apple…
Should have gotten more for Brown, but happy he’s gone. It’s going to be a circus I Oakland with that moron there. He went from a good team, hall of fame qb and offensive talent everywhere, to a cellar dwellerwith no chance at making the playoffs. It’ll be fun watching him cry when he’s not getting the ball. As long as Tomlin is there though, they’ll continue to act like animals.
Sprong with another goal tonight
Sweet, who won? And why do you think he got less than 10 minutes of ice time again?
That trade has worked out for both Sprong has 11 goals now in Anaheim… but also he has been a healthy scratch 5 times..and Marcus Petterssson has logged some big minutes on defense for Us!
Man this subban suckss everytime fleury and Vegas are in a winning streak that clown makes sure the streak ends
Sounds like Fleury in the playoffs.
Hiding MAF from a strong team in Calgary
If the playoffs started today…..Nathan would be golfing.
Stone is on fire with Vegas
Vegas hasn’t lost since getting stone from senators
Yeah, because he was playing so badly in Ottawa. You only noticed now bc he plays for your second favorite team.
What I’m trying to say is since trade deadline he has been the best trade fit to his new team
Also nino going to canes been a good fit too but he was traded way before TD.
They lost tonight. Good old Sam(e) right in cue.
Thoughts and Observations (no BS version) now that we can step back from the ledge we hung out in last night. 1. Guentzel is arguably the most gifted long term winger Crosby has had, that goal was a thing of beauty and the touches to subtly change the angle on Halak in tight was fantastic. 2. When the Pens moved Brassard one of the first things I took interest in was the fact McCann was a very young high pick. I was curious as to how a change of scenery would look on him and had high hopes he’d fill… Read more »
Agree. We’ve been watching the same games recently and evaluating the same. Murray is in stanley cup form. I like it.
The Pens have been playing better as of late but the PP is still abysmal. I am not sure if Letang and Maatta coming back is a good thing or a bad thing. Shultz still needs to be on the first unit and running two D on the PP might be a better idea. I never believed that you need to role out all your big guns on the PP, just the smart ones that play as a unit.
I think the Pens PP could certainly use some work, but it’s not nearly as bad as Pens fans make it out to be. Everyone just expects goals at a ridiculous clip due to the talent on the ice. Over their last 12 games, they are 12/38. That’s over 31%. They consistently rank in the top 10.
That’s fair, it’s just when it’s off it’s ridiculous bad
Zero cant believe we are agreeing again hockey11 here… you are spot on with all 8 points…What happened to rikola and what about Ethan prow baby penguin dman ahl all star isnt he better than trotman???
Prow I’ve heard isn’t as ready as fans think he may be. Riikola tho? I don’t know what that’s about at all
Is he worse than Trottman? he made the AHL all start team how bad could he be…LOL I saw Rikola par take in the warm-ups versus Boston….
Boston sure is a scrappy club…we had no Letang they had no Pasterbak!
As Sam said Murray will be hidden on bench while DeSmith gets thrown to wolves
He doesn’t even know they were playing the Bruins lol
The colors can be confusing.
Lettang is having his best season in a long time..but cant say i disagree with thata stats sau goals against down..i still think we need letang a smarter letang to make deep run..
As the clear #1 on defense, Id give Schultz the A from Letang.
Sam cant say i disagree schultz is rounding in to form.. hockey11
Since Letang started his vacation, the Pens have gone 4-1-1 while giving up only 2.16 goals/game. Before Letang’s vacation, the Pens were giving up 3.11 goals/game.
Big Game Murray
Nice rebound game! Good thing they hid Murray on the bench.
And Bruins point streak ends at 19 games
DeSmith was brilliant tonight.
Another dumb penalty by npls favourite defence
As I Said Sam was very, very wrong about Guentzel being a one-hit wonder
As I said you are a lying piece of shitt fat democrat
But he isn’t lying, anyone that posts here regularly should recall you bashing the dude!
Trotman with a dumb
Penalty. No wonder npl loves trotman and malkin
Our Russian is officially our penalty leader passing gudbranson
Nice one another offensive zone momentum killer penalty by our Russian another reason to be proud of our 9.5m investment
3 cups, MVPs in that career… that’s an 8 year deal where he’s having a rough stretch! He was key in the two cups. Anyone with an IQ over 8 knows it was a good investment you retard
Exactly WAS. Not anymore
So what your saying is the last 20 games are what we should judge the deal on? Not on his time prior? He was a major factor in back 2 back cups! Phenomenal investment
Both goals from ex panthers
DeSmith keeping the wolves at bay..
Nice keep Simon
Hey D any article about penguins facing a hot team tonight that is on 19 games point streaks with 34 point 15-0-4
And meanwhile Murray will be hidden behind the bench while desmith will be thrown to the wolves
Last minute change boys. Fraud Murray will be in net.
Wrong again Sam! Haha how embarrassing.
Jackasss eichel suspended 2 games
Good riddance AB…Look would it been better to get a 1st or a high second (which some teams offered) but those teams weren’t willing to negotiate a new guaranteed deal.(sure) Look he goes to a organization that is a mess, can’t figure out from year to year where they are playing Los Angeles, San Diego, Vegas back to Oakland, sf baseball stadium for a year Mars…good luck derrick Carr is no Ben Roethlisberger. AB is the best wide receiver in football, but he is a diva, and a pain in the ass! Truth be told he will never be as… Read more »
oh yeah that other pot smoking, gained 30 lbs stuck up diva Bell can ollow AB to Oakland,,,he is even a bigger dick than AB… he wont get near what he wants sitting out a year gaining weight,, posting in season videos that piss off his teammates….
Florida woman shot her boyfriend becsuse he was snoring how weird are this Florida people
Just got booted from Dejan’s site. Well that was fun while it lasted.
I’m sure npl report you there
No one from the Steelers Has uttered a word publicly that I’ve seen. They should pull out of this trade while they can and save face. More people will respect them after than do now.
Maybe they will…
The issue is neither Brown nor Bell, it is the lack of balls on the coaching staff to make sure players know who runs team. Would this have ever happen with Coach Noll or Coach Cowher? Hell no ask Roy Jefferson about that.
Cbauer…couldn’t agree more Noll cowher would have eaten AB and bell alive..
Golden Tate tweeted at the Steelers…just saying.
Dont like the fit. He’s primarily a slot receiver and thats where JuJu did most of his damage last year. Plus Switzer and Eli Rogers are also slot WRs. Need someone that can line up on the outside.
Gotcha, knew he wasn’t exactly what they were looking for but signing a guy of his pedigree may offset some of the PR nightmare
Theyre ending the PR nightmare with this trade. They dont need a name to replace AB, they need a good player that fits their need and will help them win more football games. Thats why I like John Brown. Might not be a household name but imo, a better WR than Tate who can play the outside. He had a very good first half of the season last year before his quarterback turned into a running back in the second half. Because of that, he should come at a bargain.
Then you have convinced me. That said, the Steelers are far below the Pens in my pecking order, so eh… still think they need to fire Tomlin to really fix what ails them.
With Ab gone he isnt going to b a slot receiver anymore…lol we can draft one i like ju ju smith Washington rogers switzer…add tate or amendola …
Maybe danny amendola to steelers???
Sign John Brown to replace AB, then focus on improving the defense via the draft. The offense will still be good enough to win games but they need a playmaker or two on defense.
Where was J. Brown last season? Baltimore?
Yes, Baltimore. Thats why his numbers fell off during the second half. Lamar Jackson cant throw.
I totally disagree. The Steelers could have kept Brown. Forced him to show up and fined and suspended him when he didn’t. This organization from Rooney on down is a joke.
The petty side of me agrees, they should have kept and fined/suspended him. But that would be just another distraction that has made this organization a joke recently. They had to get rid of the cancers by any means necessary.
I think keeping him, at least temporarily, would have been non-emotional play. The Steelers miss manage this in so many ways. The Browns are laughing at them.
Cant argue that. Wish I could lol, but I cant.
Anyone paying attention has known the Steelers have been an organizational joke for at least the last five years. Anyone not paying attention just caught up.
Agreed been saying for a while they should’ve also fired Tomlin for past 5 years I can’t believe he is still with the team
As I’ve always said Tomlin is the Dan bylsma of the nfl a fraud
Basically sh*t on the organization and got rewarded. lmao
You are a putz D!!! Trash headline. The guy is the prefect example of addition by subtraction moving forward. Did they get what they wanted? No, but gone is good.
…and you can thank mike tomlin. Dude has zero control.