Brown, a 7x Pro Bowler who last year joined the 10,000 receiving yards club, will also receive a new three-year deal worth up to $54 million USD from the Raiders, with $30 million USD guaranteed. The Miami native had three years and $38.9 million USD left on his contract with the Steelers, as part of the four-year, $68M USD extension he signed in 2017. Reports suggest Brown, who turns 31 in July, has turned his $17M USD per year year into what amounts to $19.8M USD per year in new money.
ESPN does note however that the trade is not yet official, as the new league year begins Wednesday.
On one hand, the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders add a reliable, deep-threat receiver they so desperately needed last season, one the Raiders finished with a 4-12 record. Brown accumulated 15 touchdowns and 1,297 yards, on 104 receptions last year, his record-setting sixth straight year with 100 or more catches. The Steelers however move a disgruntled asset off their books, but only get two later round picks for the surefire Hall-of-Famer. They’ll also be forced to swallow $21M USD in dead money against their salary cap, according to an ESPN source.
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