Antonio Brown gets what he wants by joining Oakland Raiders
Li Xiang

Antonio Brown, wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers, will join the Oakland Raiders as the two teams reached an agreement on Saturday, according to Pro Football Talk.

First Brown posted an edited photo of himself wearing No.84 shirt of the Raiders on Twitter before NFL Network's Ian Rapoport followed up with the news. According to Rapoport, the Steelers will get third- and fifth-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, instead of the first-round pick they have been yearning for.

Both Oakland and Brown will benefit from this deal. Having lost 12 games last season and ranked No.16 in the American Football Conference (AFC), the Raiders will get one of the best wide receivers of the league at a relatively low cost. As for Brown, he will see the value of his three-year haul grow from 38.925 million U.S. dollars to 50.125 million, according to PFT.

The only thing Pittsburgh could tell themselves to make the team feel better was probably that they finally sent their troubles away and could now concentrate on free agency and the draft.

Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a 17-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game against the New England Patriots, December 16, 2018. /VCG Photo

Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a 17-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game against the New England Patriots, December 16, 2018. /VCG Photo

Though Brown had been playing for the Steelers since he entered the NFL in 2010, their marriage came to an end in 2018 as he kept skipping practice and other team events. As a result, Pittsburgh benched him in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals in week 17 of the 2018 regular season.

As the season ended, Brown asked the Steelers to trade him. He even posted an edited photo of him wearing the uniform of the San Francisco 49ers. Brown said goodbye to his teammates on February 12 before talking to team owner Art Rooney. After that meeting, both sides agreed that the team would let Brown go.

On Thursday, two days before Pittsburgh and Oakland reached the deal, reports about Brown being traded to the Buffalo Bills surfaced online. Even Rapoport tweeted about it. However, Brown killed the report by posting two words on Instagram: "Fake news".