• Antonio Brown traded to Raiders, to become highest paid receiver, reports say

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    PITTSBURGH - Antonio Brown has been traded to the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    The trade, which the former Pittsburgh Steeler seemed to have confirmed on his own social media pages, will see the Raiders signing Brown for a deal that will make him the highest paid receiver in the National Football League.

    In return, the Steelers will get a pick in each of the third and fifth rounds.

    Before turning into a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Brown was taken by the Steelers in the sixth round, 195th overall, in the 2010 NFL Draft. Since then, he’s become one of the most prolific wide receivers in NFL history. 

    Brown became the first player to record more than 100 catches in six straight seasons, while piling up more receptions (821), receiving yards (11,040) and receiving touchdowns (74) since 2011 than anyone in the NFL.

    Antonio Brown has been named a first-team All-Pro four times in his career (2014-2017), but there have been just as many distractions off the field that has led to this divorce with the Steelers. 

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    Brown has three years remaining on his current deal, with scheduled base salaries of $12.6 million in 2019, $11.3 million in 2020 and $12.5 million in 2021, but he has no guaranteed money remaining on the contract. 

    Brown, who turns 31 in July, grew frustrated with the Steelers organization this past season and failed to show up for a workday in Week 17 leading to his benching for the season finale.

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