Antonio Brown’s trade is about money. It is about many things – power, respect, aging and dual standards will all remember – but at the end of the day it’s about money, which was why I didn’t think it would happen. I’m not sure there has been such a change in the recent memory, where a superstar player in the veteran department was removed in his career without offering his team any kind of profitable savings.
When doing this deal now, Steelers passes up the opportunity to keep one of the top five football pitches on their list for $ 22.2 million in place for the chance to eat $ 21.1 million in dead money in the 2019 cap and let that guy play for someone else. Organizations only eat that kind of dead money when they play committing a serious field area (Junior Galette, Ray Rice), or if they rebuild and dump underwater contracts from the former regime (Marcell Dareus) and that is usually
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As a 30-year-old receiver who led the league in touchdowns last season Brown is none of those things. For a law in the midst of an aging quarterback to willingly turn 11 percent of the wages into dead money, a very specific, weird set of circumstances requires a mistake. To make that decision and the net a couple of middle picks is potentially unsurpassed.
When it just seemed like Steelers was wrinkled about Brown, I assumed both sides would eventually work towards a resolution, mainly because it didn’t make sense for the team to tie up their cap to let Brown go somewhere else. The point where things were shifted was when Brown went on social media and indicated that he also wanted a change of landscape. It wasn’t really Terrell Owens who did his upstairs in his driveway, but Brown went on Twitter and shouted Ben Roethlisberger didn’t make his situation any benefit.
Antonio Brown comes from a 15-touchdown season at age 30. Patrick McDermott / Getty Images
In the process of trying to drive his way out of Pittsburgh, Brown exclaimed the organization’s leverage. The Steelers spent the last two months publicly flailing, alternately leaking stories that suggested a trade hinged on getting a first round of pick before then suggesting it wouldn’t. They set a final offer deadline for Friday and then allow the deadline to come and go. After press conferences and media investigations from various levels of the organization that apparently contradict each other, they had to settle for the third and fifth rounds from the only team that seemed seriously interested in inviting Brown throughout the process.
Imagine going back 12 months in time to tell the biggest Steelers tab, you know Pittsburgh was trading Brown for two picks on Saturday’s draft. Heck, imagine going back six months ago and telling the biggest Steelers tab, you know they were going to work in a store of Raiders.
If you want to track where everything went wrong in the relationship between Steelers and Brown, it starts with one of the best contracts in modern league history. After Brown’s second year in the league gave a 1,108 season season, the team gave its previous sixth significant increase by signing Brown for a five-year $ 42 million extension with a $ 8.5 million bonus. Steelers could only sign Brown after two seasons, as he was drawing under the old CBA; had Brown been prepared after the 2010 campaign, Steelers would have had to wait for a third season before Brown signed an agreement.
In year 4, Brown broke out as one of the best wideouts in the league with a 1499-yard campaign. From 2013-16, the average average – 120 catches, 1,578 meters and 11 touchdowns per season. As he was under contract at the end of the 2017 season, Steelers was able to pay Brown just $ 28.8 million over the four-year period, which is slightly more than the annual average wage that Robert Meachem and Laurent Robinson were in the free agency. Former Steelers teammate Mike Wallace beat free agency and netted a five-year, $ 60 million deal with the dolphins who paid him $ 36.9 million in three seasons before being cut after 2015.
Antonio Brown will respect – and respect – Head coach Jon Gruden and should add just the right spice to the Raiders mix.
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Brown made less than half of his true market value, and while most players handled it during their rookie contracts, he fought with it on his second contract. With the Steelers cap tied up with years of financial decision, they restructured Brown’s agreement to create pockets of short-term lock rooms without giving him any remarkable increase. (For those who are unfamiliar with how the cape works, these restructurings meant that Brown would receive most of his weekly base salary as a premium bonus in March; he would take the same amount of cash and pay earlier, but Steelers would be allowed to spread The cover for the restructured bonus for several years, creating temporary room.) To some extent, due to these cap concerns, Pittsburgh waited five years and for the last year of Brown’s extension to give his star recipient an extension. Most teams will say to wait until the final year of an agreement to issue a new contract is the organizational policy, among them among Pittsburgh, but the Steelers gave Roethlisberger an extension of two years to go on his rookie agreement in 2008.  When they gave Brown their deal, they applied a cap structure that is generally unique to the Steelers. Most teams hand out extensions to star players by giving a signing bonus and guaranteeing at least two years of base salary, making it extremely likely that a player will remain in the race for the two seasons. For a star quarterback or a transcendent player such as Brown, a team will either explicitly guarantee three seasons or build the contract in a way that would be virtually impossible to cut a player for cap reasons.
Instead, Steelers has a policy of only guaranteeing the bonuses during the first year of their contract. Cameron Heyware’s deal is guaranteed $ 15 million, with a $ 12 million bonus and a $ 3 million bonus in year 1, but nothing else afterwards. Elite Guard David DeCastro has a $ 16 million guarantee, all of which are in their signing bonus. Roethlisberger’s latest extension also includes a $ 31 million signing bonus without any other warranties, but the veteran quarterback was partially guaranteed damages only during years two and three.
Antonio Brown no longer wanted to play with Ben Roethlisberger and the receiver shouted the quarterback publicly over the last month. Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images
After waiting several years to get his deal, Brown guaranteed $ 19 million when he signed his deal, all in the signing bonus. Throwing a base salary of $ 910,000 and Brown took home $ 19.9 million in 2017 as part of a four-year $ 68 million extension. Of course it is good money, but when DeAndre Hopkins signed the extension six months later, he took home $ 24 million in 2017 and still had a guaranteed basic salary of $ 12.5 million in the following season. Brandin Cook’s extension paid $ 11 million in year 1, but the structure of the contract basically guarantees he’ll take home $ 63.5 million over the next four seasons. Brown only comes to that ballpark if he continues to be good.
The reason why a player would be comfortable agreeing with this type of structure is that the big signing bonus generally protects them from cutting, even without a guaranteed salary. Heading last season, for example, Steelers had to choose to keep Brown on his list with a $ 16.8 million cap or either cut or trade him, which would have led $ 15.2 million in dead money. In that scenario, they would choose to keep Brown 999 times out of 1000, but one can also imagine how the one-in-a-thousand example might be enough to counter Brown if only because it just happened.
Pittsburgh’s last mistake – and a clear sign that it didn’t expect to continue from Brown anytime soon – was when it restructured its business last offseason. The Steelers paid him a basic salary of $ 7.9 million and a $ 6 million bonus bonus, none of which was guaranteed, but instead converted $ 7 million in salary and $ 6 million bonus to a signing bonus. The move paid Brown as $ 13 million ahead, with the remaining $ 915,000 coming in the season and it cleared $ 9.7 million in space 2018. There are some things you just do if you’re absolutely sure you’re not will have to move on from that player the following season.
If Steelers hadn’t restructured Brown’s deal, they could have traded him and paid $ 11.4 million in dead money. The deal would have represented a saving of $ 7.5 million. Instead, because they used Brown’s deal to create more short-term space, they will owe $ 21.1 million in dead money on their Brown caps this year, believed to be the biggest single season’s lethal amount for a player in league history .
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Considering what happened in the past decade, you can understand why Brown would feel financially rude, even if dealing with an average annual salary of $ 17 million per season in new money. There was no chance that the Steelers, who used one of the best football finds for years, would upset their contract structure by giving Brown a new extension or even guaranteeing a three-year future period at his current deal. Instead, they preferred to let someone else pay Brown.
That’s one of the same reasons they couldn’t agree with Le & # 39; Veon Bell, who says Steelers only offered him $ 17 million guaranteed as part of a five-year $ 70 million deal. That deal policy will cost the team both its star guns in the same offseason, and its main philosophy will make it feel the pain of that decision in one of the last seasons of Roethlisberger’s career.
Compare the Steelers to the team that have kept them from a return trip to the Super Bowl during the past eight seasons. The patriots rarely reprimand contracts, and when they do, it is not so high that they move the Steelers drawn with Brown. The only player at Pat’s roster with a restructuring of more than $ 1.3 million in 2018 or 2019 is Tom Brady. Patsna also had a similar agreement on Brown’s first extension with the six-year, $ 54 million extension that they handed over to Rob Gronkowski after his second season in the league, but unlike the Steelers, the patriots have sweetened Gronkowski’s affair by adding incentives to help. to keep his star tight end happy.
Oakland gets his no. 1 Recipient
Obviously tempting to lump the Amari Cooper deal with this deal and point out that Raiders traded Cooper and two in the middle pick for Antonio Brown and a first rounder. It turned out in this way in the long run, but it is the wrong way of thinking about things. Raiders didn’t do the Cooper trade and knew that Brown would be available for a pittance. Comparing the relative benefits of Brown and Cooper is irrelevant, as the Raiders never had the opportunity to choose between them.
Evaluation of this trade in a vacuum is difficult to find an argument against the Raiders who do move. The draft electoral compensation is a drop in the bucket for a team with three first rounds, as new boss Mike Mayock did well to resist Pittsburgh’s attempt to negotiate a first round of media. The 66th and 141th elections correspond to the 41st election in a typical draft of the Chase Stuart draft chart, while the traditional Jimmy Johnson chart includes them somewhat closer to the 61st election. Anyway, if you want to invoke a recent Raiders trade, it’s the same organization that used the third and fifth rounds to shop for Martavis Bryant and AJ McCarron under Jon Gruden’s watch.
Financially, the offseason items with more than $ 60 million went into lock room, so absorbing a new deal for Brown would not be a problem. AB’s new contract is allegedly a three-year pact worth $ 54.1 million with $ 30 million guaranteed, which is far from zero dollars and zero cents remaining in guarantees for his Steelers deal.
Raider’s coach Jon Gruden now gets a top recipient to help evaluate quarterback Derek Carr. AP Photo / Gail Burton
In reality, it is not even as large of a contract as it may seem. Brown would not take a salary part, so any law deal for him would pay him at least SEK 15.1 million which he was due to this season. We do not yet know how his business is structured, but with the $ 30 million number it seems likely that he has a second guaranteed year as part of this new deal, which is not crazy in any way. You would think that a law deal for Brown would expect to have him on his list for at least two seasons.
That figure of $ 54.1 million gives an annual average salary of $ 18,333,333, which is not an accident, as the largest annual average salary for any width is Odell Beckham Jr.’s $ 18 million per year. Brown may have to make incentives to get to that brand, but it seems that Raiders added about $ 3.75 a year to Brown’s existing contract. In a league where Sammy Watkins got three years and $ 48 million in free agency last year – a $ 51 million brand after a year of cap inflation – does Brown give $ 54 million over three years really unreasonable? I do not think so.
In the field, this reminds me a lot about why the Cowboys were shopping for Cooper, actually. When I analyzed that deal, I wrote that the cowboys acquired Cooper to help Dak Prescott evaluate in the hope of a possible extension this offseason. Trading for Cooper also got the Cowboys to come before a terrible wideout market, and while no one could have expected the Cowboys to go on a 7-2 running with Cooper in the lineup, it was logic in the move.
Here, Oakland has its own evaluation to implement. Jon Gruden spent a year with Derek Carr, and while the results were uneven, Carr did not have a good reception corps. He had to throw 101 passes to Jared Cook, who had a career year, but Jordy Nelson looked good for his top at age 33. Seth Roberts continued to lose the fight against drops. With Cook a free agent, Carr stared down on a week 1 receiving corps of Nelson, Marcell Ateman and Derek Carrier. I don’t need to tell you how Brown does it better.
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If Raiders decide to draw up a quarterback in the first round, they start playing with Brown making it easier for Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins to adapt to the pro game. Few recipients in the league remain so skilled that they open up to almost every possible kind of coverage. With limited weapons elsewhere in the lineup and a mediocre in the middle of a rebuilding, Brown is well positioned to get all the goals he could wish for. It would hardly be a surprise if he became the first player to rack up 200 goals in a season since Julio Jones made it in 2015.
There is also a realistic marketing element for this move. When I wrote about the Cooper trade, I mentioned that the closest signboard in Las Vegas to the Raider’s future stadium contained Gruden and Gruden alone. After trading Cooper and Mack during a season it was a smart move to keep the Gruden on the board, as he seemed to be the only one sure to make it to Las Vegas by 2020. Trading for Brown gives Raiders a star to build around when they move to Sin City. People would not set up to buy carriers or Ateman shirts. Brown is a bonona superstar.
Is there a chance that this goes all the way south? Of course, especially in year 2. Remember that Gruden inherited Keyshawn Johnson when he took over Bucs in 2002. The two won a Super Bowl together in Gruden’s first season with Tampa. Halfway through the subsequent campaign, Grude’s relationship with Johnson became so toxic that Bucs sent Johnson home and deactivated him for the final seven games of the year.
Although that happens, Raiders will be a bit of money and a couple in the middle of the election. There is no one like Brown in this free agent class, and there is no one who will move the needle more for his fan base that would also have considered Oakland. There is a risk of this, but it is a risk that Raiders must take.
Pittsburgh loses its receiver … right?
One of the reasons why Steelers will be able to do this trade and sleep at night is the presence of JuJu Smith-Schuster, who does not turn 23 to November and looks to be one of the most promising young widows in the recent memory. Smith-Schuster, after reaching the start line in week 9 of his rookie season, averaged 91.8 receiving yards per game, fourth in the NFL behind Hopkins, Jones and Brown.
Hopkins and Jones are clear No. 1 options in their own crime, while Smith-Schuster had cited massive amounts of contact with Brown. Smith-Schuster has an average of 9.6 goals per game to Brown’s 11.3, less 10.9 goals per game title to Hopkins or Jones 10.3 per race. Give Smith-Schuster a bigger role, handing some goals to second-year broad James Washington, and Steelers should be good. Right?]
Jeremy Fowler says that Raiders always wanted Antonio Brown in their crime and they “were the last team that stood.”
It’s not that simple. For one, Washington is studying as a guaranteed start-up broad receiver is dangerous. The Steelers have so far suffered from wide, Brown, Smith-Schuster, Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders, but they have also used third round at Dri Archer, Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton, none of which evolved into regulars. Washington caught only 42.1 percent of the pass threw to him as a rookie; it is still too early to judge him of course, but it is not as if the 60th overall pick has done anything to make us think he is a plug-and-play starter of year 1.
Smith Schuster and Brown are not exactly the same type of receiver, either. Yahoo’s Matt Harmon tracked both seasons and found that Smith-Schuster launched much more often in the track, resulting in less press coverage. Brown was double-layered more than 10 times as often as Smith-Schuster was. If Brown leaves, Steelers will likely continue to let Smith-Schuster take more than half of his slots in the slot machine, but the wildly talented third-year breadth will undoubtedly get more attention. Steelers will also need to find someone who can win against outside tires without Brown.
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Pittsburgh must probably find at least one veteran wide receiver to chip in, which will be a pain in view of the aforementioned dead cover is on Brown. The team has already come up with the idea of restructuring the Roethlisberger contract to create cap-rooms, but with one year remaining on the 37-year deal, every change will be an extension to keep Roethlisberger remaining while creating short-term space. The Steelers will eventually pay for their accounts, as they are with Brown here, but they should be able to make 6-7 million dollars or so in the lock room with a Roethlisberger extension, which can go against a new wideout.
The “I also probably run the ball more often in 2019 with Brown at Raiders. They threw the ball at 67.4 percent of their offensive snaps last season, the second highest bet in football behind Packers. A more successful Steelers team will run The ball with a lead more often in the fourth quarter, but even after reporting changes in the game script, Steelers should rely on James Conner more than a year ago. Conner moved the ball 20.7 times per game last season, down from Bells 27 , 1 touch per game in 2017.
AB gets an A?
I normally consider these grades from the law perspective, partly because it is usually easier to understand how a team works and thinks during dozens of acquisitions and releases than to Think of things from a player’s perspective that can only write one or two contracts during their career.Each player in the NFL is very underpaid in a vacuum, but in connection with a league with a pay cap, the money we are
From my perspective, it looks like Antonio Brown struggled to get what he wanted and succeeded. He wanted to call out Ben Roethlisberger for disrespect and made it public and kicked an embarrassing comment from chief executive Kevin Colbert that Steelers had 52 children under Roethlisberger. Brown would guarantee money and a raise from an organization that considered it anathema, just to play their cards right and stop getting exactly that from another organization. He would be respected and appreciated for his work.
No, his chances of winning a Super Bowl are not as high as a month ago. Having gone underpaid for a better part of a decade, you can understand why Brown would benefit from what is likely to be his last chance to get the best money. Steelers will still be good in battle in 2019, but without their star receiver and with Bell following him out the door, they may have cost themselves a last chance to win a Super Bowl with Roethlisberger at the helm.