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“This is just a great fit for Antonio,” Rosenhaus said on SportsCenter Sunday, via ESPN.com. “He wanted a fresh start and certainly got an opportunity to go to a renowned franchise, one of the marquee franchises in the NFL, a historical team. I’m sure Al Davis would be very proud of this transaction.”
Rapoport also broke down the new contract Brown will receive with his new team:
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Contract details for new #Steelers WR Antonio Brown: 3 years, $50.125M, source said. Max value is 54.125M. He gets $30.125M guaranteed, more than the $0 he preciously had. The contract was he biggest hurdle.
While the money seemed to be one of the most important factors for the 30-year-old, the fit also seems to be important as he starts a new chapter in his career.
“Jon Gruden, I believe, is a future Hall of Fame coach and one of the great offensive minds in football,” Rosenhaus added. “And the Raiders have a fantastic franchise quarterback in Derek Carr, they have a great tradition, great fan base, moving to Las Vegas.”
Brown has already showed his appreciation for Carr by posting this Pro Bowl video to his Twitter account Sunday:
The relationship with Gruden should also be good after the coach decided to acquire him and give into his salary demands.
Oakland is coming off a 4-12 season, but adding a seven-time Pro Bowler to a team that was desperate for help at receiver could go a long way.