The Antonio Brown saga has finally reached its conclusion in Pittsburgh.
Early Sunday morning, Brown tweeted that he had joined the Oakland Raiders.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) March 10, 2019
According to NBC Sports, the trade includes a new contract for Brown that will increase his pay from $38.925 million to $50.125 million over the next three seasons, without adding any additional years to his contract.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has reported that the Steelers received third and fifth round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Raiders have pick No. 66 in the third round and pick No. 141 in the fifth round.
The move comes days after reports of the Buffalo Bills nearly acquiring Brown, before Brown profusely refused to pack his bags and play for the Bills.
The trade officially marks the end of one of the most dominant stretches ever by a wide receiver, as the sixth-round pick out of Central Michigan ranks first in the following categories since his emergence in 2011: Targets (1,255), receptions (821), yards (11,040) and touchdowns (74).
The very first play of @AB84’s NFL career?
— NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) March 9, 2019
The rise (and fall) of Brown has been greatly documented in Pittsburgh, as Brown turned from a Steel City legend to a player the fans and organization couldn’t rid themselves of fast enough.
Brown and his camp will likely be looking for a new contract, as the All-Pro receiver has no more guaranteed money left on his deal with three years remaining. The Steelers will move forward with JuJu Smith-Schuster as their number one receiver, and will likely look to the NFL Draft or free agency for further help.
The Steelers and Brown saw a tremendous run together, yet business will no longer boom for Brown in Pittsburgh as the two will officially go their separate ways.