The Antonio Brown trade saga seems to have officially ended this time, as the Steelers and Raiders have agreed to a deal to send the star wide receiver to Oakland, Brown confirmed on his Twitter.
The Raiders have always been in the running, and was said to be the most consistent team in trying to land the Pro Bowler. According to Adam Schefter, the Steelers are receiving a third- and fifth-round pick in exchange for Brown. The Raiders will also be adding more money to Brown's contract, as he gets three years worth $50.125 million with $4 million extra in incentives.
It was reported late Thursday night that the Bills and Steelers were going to make a deal for the disgruntled Brown, but nothing ever came to fruition. Bills GM Brandon Beane even released a statement on Friday saying the reports about the talks were real, but both sides couldn't come to an agreement.
"We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers," the statement read. "We had positive dicussions, but ultimately it didn't make sense for either side. As great a player as Antonio Brown is, we have moved on and our focus is on free agency."
So, instead of joining an AFC East rival, the Jets still have Brown in the AFC with the Raiders. When talks broke down between Buffalo and Pittsburgh, the Jets never jumped back in on Brown, per The Athletic's Connor Hughes.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported earlier this week that GM Mike Maccagnan was going to reach out about Brown, which he does in all cases. However, it was always an unlikely fit for Brown to land in New York. Vacchiano said Brown's attitude and baggage along with his price tag didn't match up in the Jets' eyes.
Instead, the Jets could use the draft and their ample cap space to dive into free agency to find receiving weapons for Sam Darnold to work with.