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Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is set to be traded to the Oakland Raiders, a source close to the 30-year-old Miami, Florida native has confirmed.
Brown is in the third year of a five-year contract and is owed $15.1 million next season, $11.3 million in the 2020 season and $12.5 million in the 2021 season. He is set to officially announce this news at some point within the next 24 hours, likely at some point tonight.
This news comes after the rumor that emerged on Thursday night that the Steelers were nearing a trade with the Buffalo Bills to send him north was shot down.
This rumor was shot down early this morning, but it was really shot down last night when Brown responded to the rumor with two words: Fake News.
The sixth round pick out of Central Michigan has spent each of his first nine seasons in the NFL playing his home games at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but after skipping practice for the Steelers’ Week 17 home game against the Cincinnati Bengals and demanding to be traded from the team in large part due to mounting frustration with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, that streak will not continue into the 2019 season.
Over the course of his nine-year career in the NFL, Brown has played in 130 games and caught 837 passes for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns. He is coming off of a season during which he competed in 15 games and caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a league-high 15 touchdowns.
Brown recorded a career-high 136 receptions and 1,834 yards in the 2015 season. His career-high touchdown total is his 15 from this past season. He has caught at least 101 passes for at least 1,297 yards and at least eight touchdowns in each of the last six seasons in arguably the greatest six-year stretch for a wide receiver in NFL history.
During this six-year stretch, Brown caught 686 passes for 9,145 yards and 67 touchdowns, giving him averages of roughly 114 receptions, 1,524 yards and 11 touchdowns each season.