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Antonio Brown Jokes after Cordarrelle Patterson Gets No. 84: ‘Retire a Raider’



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Newly signed Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver/running back and kickoff return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson asked fans on X on Tuesday night if he should wear No. 84 with the Black and Gold. And it turns that he will indeed wear No. 84 after asking about three other numbers.

Patterson has worn No. 84 his NFL entire career and when he was in college at Tennessee. He listed No. 10, 13 and 18 as other possible numbers.

Mitch Trubisky was the last Steeler to wear No. 10 and the number is currently occupied by wide receiver Marquez Callaway. Callaway just signed and is a journeymen in the league, so I’m sure Patterson could work something out if he really wants that number.

No. 18 and No. 13 are available after the departures of wide receivers Diontae Johnson and Miles Boykin, respectively.

No. 84, of course, is well-known to be former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s number. Wide receiver Rico Bussey was given No. 84 in training camp and the preseason in 2021, but no player has donned No. 84 in a regular season game since Brown left Pittsburgh following the 2018 season.

Brown blasted the move, reacting to it by saying he might have to retire with the Raiders.

Cordarrelle Patterson signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Steelers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The move was made, coincidentally, on the same day where kickoff returns are being brought back to prominence.

Patterson is one of the best, if not the best, kickoff returners of all-time. He has had nine such kickoff returns throughout his career, and he averages 29.3 yards per kickoff return. That is likely where the onus of this move is coming from, as Patterson should fill that role immediately. Mike Tomlin noted there would be a change in body type on these kickoffs, but not just that, returners themselves had to be more than just pure speed, but have excellent vision. Patterson checks that box.

“Body types might change. How’s it going to affect field positioning and thus scoring. Roster building, you know, the importance of the return,” Mike Tomlin said about the new kickoff rule at the NFL owner’s meetings. “It’s the ramifications, the seeing around corners, the unintended consequences.”

As for what Patterson does on offense, he worked with new Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith in Atlanta, so that connection is obvious. But he has been a wide receiver and running back in the past. Patterson should be the third running back behind Jaylen Warren and Najee Harris while adding a gadget play element.

He only had 50 rushes for 181 yards a year ago, though the season before that, Patterson added 695 rushing yards on 144 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Regardless, he is a versatile weapon that the team can work into their gameplan, and will certainly allow for some ingenuity with the new kickoff rules in place.