Antonio Brown gets $30 million guaranteed over the next three years

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Soon-to-be Raiders receiver Antonio Brown was due to earn zero dollar and zero cents of guaranteed money over the next three years. Instead, he’ll get $30 million, fully guaranteed.

Per a source with knowledge of the terms of the looming contract restructuring, the Raiders will guarantee $30 million of Brown’s future payout. Also, the total amount he was due to earn through 2021 will increase from $38.925 million to $50.125 million.

There are multiple ways to assess the new deal. Brown will make $16.7 million per year in hard dollars over the next three seasons. But when the $11.2 million is added to the $68 million in new money that Brown received two years ago from the Steelers, the new-money average on the entire deal spikes from $17 million to $19.8 million.

Brown also can trigger $4 million in incentives, which would be paid in 2020 and 2021. If earned, he’ll receive an extra $15.2 million over the next three years, and the new-money average of the deal he signed with Pittsburgh in 2017 will be $20.8 million.

Regardless of how the cat is skinned, Brown had made $33.79 million over the last two years and he was due to make $38.925 million, with no guarantees. That number has now gone up by $11.2 million, with $30 million of the $50.125 million he’ll make over the next three seasons now fully guaranteed.

It’s not a bad outcome for a guy who was tied to the Steelers for three more seasons, and who presumably had no leverage to either demand a trade or finagle a new deal.

122 responses to “Antonio Brown gets $30 million guaranteed over the next three years

  1. Right back in Cap hell in no time for Thr Raiders. Yes Brown is really good but they moved Mack & Cooper because they couldn’t pay them. Yeah they are dumping other salaries but by the time their done they will not have a defense or an offensive line. If they go out in free agency then cap he’ll in two years. I just don’t get it.

  2. It’s sad that he’s seemingly rewarded for his petulant attitude. Then again, he is going to the raiders.

  3. With 30 mil guaranteed, I can see the raiders being able to walk away after 2 years if things don’t work out. I’m glad the eagles didn’t get him but i think he still has a couple years of good production left in him.

  4. Thankfully he isnt coming to the Packers – we have enough work to do without trying to manage his antics. Gruden’s best hope is that somehow Jordy’s work ethic and locker room attitude rubs off on Brown.

  5. Well Antonio Brown is going to a place where the ball will actually get thrown to him.
    Thats why when I first saw of a possible trade to Buffalo that never really made sense especially them having a QB we have seen so far who RUNS first and pass second, We all know that was drama just waiting to happen with Brown having to be always in Josh Allen grill letting him know that he was OPEN for a kazillion so why is he running instead of passing.

  6. As a Steelers fan, all I feel is relief. Yeah, he’s getting a huge payday for screwing over his team, but at this point, that means less to me than just getting rid of him. The league needs to address these issues during the next CBA negotiations or other unscrupulous players will pull similar stunts to break their high-paying contracts so they can secure additional cash payouts elsewhere. The Steelers could have held onto him, but that would have meant continuing this drama indefinitely. Better to just end it by any means necessary. He’s a talented receiver; it may work out well for the Raiders … in the short term. I’m just happy he’s gone.

  7. Raiders just made a guy who quit on his team the highest paid WR in the league, with crap for a QB and supporting cast. Can’t wait to see how bad he torches THAT locker room. Rest of AFC West = “whew!”

  8. A 3rd and a 5th? That’s it?

    So…the Raiders get AB and they keep all 5 1st rd picks as well and both 2nd rd picks they were holding for the next 2 drafts and they are still $50m+ under the cap???

    Obviously a lot is riding on those draft picks, but they have put themselves in a hell of a position, but if you want to do a total rebuild that’s a hell of a way to start the process.

  9. The NFLPA rewards/ protects dysfunctional players like AB! He is someone who lacks decency and integrity, but, gets rewarded for his unprofessional behavior. In any other non sport related profession , this guy is on the streets looking for a minimum wage job. As a father, this type of athlete is one I discourage my kids from becoming a role model. He represents everything that is wrong with the NFL. Feel bad for the 52 other players that fill out the Raider roster.

  10. briang123 says:
    March 10, 2019 at 1:32 am
    With California’s tax rates, he’ll actually clear $97,500 a year with his new deal.
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    Tru but once he’s in Vegas his money 10 fold.

  11. Have fun in Vegas Antonio. The Raiders haven’t been relevant since George W Bush was President. Only reason you became a house hold name was because the Steelers were always on tv while you balled out.
    Have fun going 4-12.

  12. So the Raiders add the best WR in football for a 3rd and a 5th and 30 mill guaranteed for 3 years? Heck of a job by Gruden and Mayock. They still have 4 picks in the top 35 which can be used to generate more if they want, and a lot of cap room. Good offseason so far.

  13. briang123 says:
    March 10, 2019 at 1:32 am
    With California’s tax rates, he’ll actually clear $97,500 a year with his new deal.

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    There is no state income tax in Nevada, where the Raiders are expected to start playing in 2020.

  14. if you can’t see this is a great deal for the Raiders you are obviously a hater, the Raiders retained their 4 draft picks on the top 35 and the last 3 teams who had 4 picks in the top 50 gained a minimum of 5 more wins, the Browns of ’18 being the most recent example

  15. Not quite sure why the media is writing articles congratulating the diva on his escapades, or the Raiders on the 3&5. Drama queen scorched a $20M dead money hole in Pittsburgh on his way out, which is something the Raiders should be losing sleep over for the next 2-3 years waiting for the same thing to happen again when he changes his mind.

  16. 3rd round pick and a 5th round pick…. hmmm. Raiders still with three first rounders. They had better choose wisely. Because they are a train wreck right now. Truly they have 1 player worth anything. Brown should have deferred that money to the following year when they are in Vegas.. NO TAX

  17. He better preform, thats all I know. Pefect place for him, he can go out there and do what he has to in Oakland or wherever they will play. Or he can crap the bed and everybody else will have the last laugh. Btw Derek Carr, they just threw you a bone, it’s possibly your last chance. Is Mark Davis bringing back the bad boys of the NFL? Marahawn Lynch is still on the roster I believe.

  18. Sometimes it isn’t about money. Steelers could have paid him; they chose not to. I wouldn’t have either. Gruden on the other hand gets rid of Mack and picks up a headcase, who is 30 and now will not have a HoF QB throwing to him. I wonder who won.

  19. Sad for the Steelers and the rest of the teams that they caved in and gave this Big Head No Class guy all he wanted.
    Now lets get a pool started to see how long this marriage will work out….only until the guaranteed money is gone….lol

  20. The Raiders are fools for making this trade…bought yourself a as aging veteran to a team that had a average QB A NO offensive line. The Steelers got rid of his contract and picked up some draft picks. Pittsburgh won this one.

  21. Briang123 is on to something. Brown would need to make $97,038,217 to have the same buying power as the $30 million in guarantees he got from the Raiders. Put another way, the $30,000,000 guarantee is worth @ $10,000,000 in the Oakland, San Francisco area. However, the Raiders will probably be there only through 2020 so the real “gain” is probably $7,884,000 in Las Vegas in 2021 for a total “guarantee of @$15,000,000 which is easily within reason if you disregard the archaic structure the Steelers used in his last contract which results in the $21,000,000 he gets to keep and the cap charge that will cripple the Steelers for the 2019 season. This is an indictment of the Steelers’ rigid adherence to a contract structure that no longer fits the reality of the current NFL. It is yet another indictment of the ownership and Colbert in slowly destroying the mystique of the Dan Rooney Steelers.

  22. @briang123 that’s until they move next year to a state with zero income tax for their 8 home games. And they only have 7 home games this year, so state taxes aren’t going to make a huge dent in the overall contract

  23. Well, that’s why they’re the Raiders. The over-under for his selfish attitude to show up is 3 games. I’m going with the under.

  24. Fool steelers just opened a Pandora’s box letting ab force his way out to the team of his choosing. Coach and gm should be fired immediately for mishandling this from the start.

  25. Hilarious everyone talking about Brown being a baby. Being a baby just got the guy another 2.5 lifetimes worth of money. Should maybe focus on how he leveraged his enormous talent into getting paid and how you can apply that to your own life rather than sit there and bash a guy for not “doing what’s right”.

  26. Some things are predictable…a team that would let Mack and Cooper go…is ready to guarantee 30 million to a malcontent…Oakland has become the NFL’s version of the “Island of Misfit Toys”

  27. Actually not a bad deal. 3 years … not a big commitment. $10 mil a year, not the highest salary.

  28. He’ll still complain and just wait till any other receiver gets more targets or attention for 1 game. Selfish bad teammate locker room cancer. Have fun with 3-13 Raiders fans

  29. So this whole thing was about getting another guaranteed contract, even though he wasn’t a free agent. He just gave every single player the road map on how to get paid again in the middle of your previous contract….trade me or I quit.
    Who’s going to be next?

  30. And the Raiders still blame the Tuck rule why they haven’t gone anywhere in the past 20 years

  31. Really don’t want the NFL to turn into the NBA where players call all the shots . The NBA is forced to market players over teams because there is so much player movement. I really didn’t care that he wanted traded but the way he acted and drove down his trade value was pathetic. He supposedly got the trade to Buffalo for a second round pick canceled. The Steelers were then forced to take a lesser offer from the Raiders and AB gets what he really wanted all along new guaranteed money. I believe Pandora’s box has been opened.

  32. dcbilly says:
    March 10, 2019 at 8:34 am
    Actually not a bad deal. 3 years … not a big commitment. $10 mil a year, not the highest salary.

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    $10M a year is only the guaranteed part of the contract. It is almost $17M per year against the Raiders’ cap

  33. WOW. Huge upgrade from Cooper for probably a few million more. Raiders are on the hook for under 17 mil/yr. Not bad at all. After three years hopefully we have a new number one!

  34. Good job Raiders. As hard as AB works he easily has three years left in him. Plus Gruden system works better with veteran or seasoned receivers.

  35. Probably the smartest move for the Steelers since Little Overrated Ben (LOB) can’t beat the Raiders anyway. Every time they meet, the Steelers get clobbered. Now, the Raiders will just rack up two or three more touchdowns in addition to the usual clown stomping.

  36. $10M a year is only the guaranteed part of the contract. It is almost $17M per year against the Raiders’ cap

    So glad this is now a Raiders problem. I wish AB the best and just hope the Steelers learned something from this mess. The sounds you are hearing from Pittsburgh are the sounds of a toilet flushing a lid coming down.

  37. johnnyshotwingsauces says:
    March 10, 2019 at 1:05 am
    Break a leg Mr. Big Head…….no, seriously, I hope someone shreds your knee. You’re a real jerk. Now you’ll learn what its like to play on a 2nd rate team!

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    Lets not wish injury on any player. Not even one that just did damage to the sport. Because of this precedent the business people will now shift their strategies to mitigate the risks to the money they invest. The brunt if what he has done will wind up being felt by the journeyman level players that make up 75% of the league. But hey, one star player took care of his own self. I still wish him his good health but nothing more.

    This precedent was already been felt by the Steelers who had to part with an assett that should have been worth easily a first and then some getting back only a third and a fifth, and given the situation are probably relieved they got even that much.

  38. Did I miss the part where Big Ben and the Steelers oline are also included in the deal? Because if Carr is still passing the ball from behind that terrible oline it doesn’t matter who’s on the receiving end of things.

    Side note: Carr’s tweets about this trade will be so funny when he’s traded.

  39. campcouch says:
    March 10, 2019 at 5:47 am
    WYD Raiders? Anyways, JuJu Smith-Schuster is about to get 120 catches.

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    Keep believing that. JuJu is about to see the #1 DB every week and can kiss single coverage goodbye. And Conner will have to see 8 in the box because AB is no longer there. Teams would game plan for AB, now you guys think Juju is going to beat double coverage on a regular basis. Lol. Some of you don’t really know football.

  40. The NFL is now a year around business.The rigors of a NFL season although they only play 16 games plus playoffs, the league is more physical than any other sport imo. They need to start reflecting that in what they pay their players.

  41. I thought Brown was worth a first round pick? Steeler fans six months ago said he was the best receiver in the NFL. Now that Brown decided to get out of that mess in Pittsburgh the fans claim he is an old washed up bum.

  42. So Gruden traded Khalil Mack and WR in very bad moves, now tries to make up by getting 2 aging Pittsburgh carcinogenic divas? Moving to Vegas seems fitting, the entertainment factor, not the winning factor will be suitable it seems.

  43. Of course only time will tell but I dont see AB’s contract remaining a happy topic for both sides for its duration. I think this first year, the honeymoon year, will go ok. But the Raiders are going to be doing oire building for the future than winning now so AB’s ability to enjoy star noteriety will take a hit. And also other receivers will now target his contract as the thing to beat, and someone will, which he has shown bothers him. So my bet is this starts out well but over the longer term he becomes a problem for the Raiders. And thats even putting aside AB’s habits toward meetings and general behavior aside but there is good possibility he and Gruden clash. These are only guesses, as I said only time will tell, but thats certainly my guess.

  44. I see people dont like this trade. What? This is a great trade for The Vegas Raidas. They gave up a bucket of chicken and kept all of the 1st rounders. What! Cooper was a drop machine, and Mack held out so he could become a billionnnaire. The raiders, a rebuilding team gets a top reciever, and althougj he grew disgruntled, he gets a neq start. And, hes locked in for three uears and can be dumped afrwr two for just 10 mil. Good job Vegas. Draft a stud RB, fix the Dst and its on.

  45. The Raiders make the move for the ratings. The teams moving to Vegas and this at least gets them some highlights. Raiders are otherwise irrelevant.

  46. bird2urmother says:
    March 10, 2019 at 1:35 am
    With 30 mil guaranteed, I can see the raiders being able to walk away after 2 years if things don’t work out. I’m glad the eagles didn’t get him but i think he still has a couple years of good production left in him.
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    The Eagles couldn’t afford him anyway

  47. The NFL is a business. Teams routinely cut aging and injured players in exchange for cap savings and younger players. They have to. Otherwise they fail to compete and possibly exist. Again, it’s business.

    Typically, the owners have all the leverage. Big Chest and Bell leveraged their elite talent, fought the establishment and won. AB will get his guranteed money. I suspect this is the beginning of a trend in the NFL especially after what happened to Earl Thomas.

  48. johngaltwho says:
    March 10, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Thankfully he isnt coming to the Packers – we have enough work to do without trying to manage his antics. Gruden’s best hope is that somehow Jordy’s work ethic and locker room attitude rubs off on Brown.
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    It wouldn’t shock me if Jordy gets released and ends up right back in Green Bay for one last year.

  49. Cooper will cost Dallas $13,924,000 in 2019. So, the Raiders get a 1st for Cooper and give a 3rd and 5th for Brown. Cooper is inconsistent. People are complaining about the Raiders acquiring a malcontent. That’s what they are known for because they have done it throughout their Al Davis history.

  50. Was against the move but we didn’t get fleeced.

    Traded Amari Cooper, a 3rd and 5th for AB *and* a 1st. For less money overall over the next 3 years. Kept all of our first 4 picks.

    That’s actually a very good upgrade. Good job Grudock.

    If this deal goes through as described, I’m on the AB train.

  51. The Packers were very smart not to bite, in fact they could very well end up getting Jordy Nelson back on the cheap after he’s cut before Tuesday.

  52. amurdora says:
    March 10, 2019 at 8:11 am
    Hilarious everyone talking about Brown being a baby. Being a baby just got the guy another 2.5 lifetimes worth of money. Should maybe focus on how he leveraged his enormous talent into getting paid and how you can apply that to your own life rather than sit there and bash a guy for not “doing what’s right”.

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    Of all the ways to describe AB’s behavior,
    positive role model is not the one I would choose.

  53. LoL he will instantly regret going there. He is always up in the top in receptions and yards. I bet he has his worst career year this upcoming season. Guy was destined for the HOF but his greed e what keeps him out.

  54. So according to Gruden’s propaganda (eaten up by the gullible) the Raiders “couldn’t afford” to keep a future HOFer like Khalil Mack. But yet under Gruden’s direction they fork over a boatload of guaranteed money against the cap on a cancer like Antonio Brown.

    This is what’s to be expected when hiring an inept egomaniac such as the “coaching genius”.

  55. bengalitis says:
    March 10, 2019 at 11:16 am
    So Gruden traded Khalil Mack and WR in very bad moves, now tries to make up by getting 2 aging Pittsburgh carcinogenic divas? Moving to Vegas seems fitting, the entertainment factor, not the winning factor will be suitable it seems.
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    1) Brown is 1000x better than Cooper.
    2) The Raiders added a 1st round pick and only lost a 3rd and a 5th while upgrading at WR.
    3) Mack is irreplaceable and they made a tough decision to not pay him $23.5 million per season.

  56. There is no state income tax in Nevada, where the Raiders are expected to start playing in 2020.

    Cool story but he will be in California this season but thanks for playing

  57. K. Mack takes plays and games off. AB goes a thousand percent on every play. So upset with the Niners right now.

  58. So the Raiders were not so stupid in trading Cooper for a first round pick after all. Waiting for the media to admit their mistake………

  59. nickfolesuggs says:
    March 10, 2019 at 12:20 pm
    The NFL is a business. Teams routinely cut aging and injured players in exchange for cap savings and younger players. They have to. Otherwise they fail to compete and possibly exist. Again, it’s business.

    Typically, the owners have all the leverage. Big Chest and Bell leveraged their elite talent, fought the establishment and won. AB will get his guranteed money. I suspect this is the beginning of a trend in the NFL especially after what happened to Earl Thomas.

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    I diasgree that Bell won anything. Even if we go by your asdumption that he willget the better contract he was seeking (hasn’t happened yet) it will not be big enough for him ever to recoup the lost wages from last year. His best case scenario niw us to ‘nit lose as much as he could have’. No matter how much he mitigates his loss it will never be a win.

    As far as trends, we actually have hope this is not. If investors cant protect against their risk on something they will not invest in it. They will simply take their money elsewhere that is safer, even if that means outside football. However much one wants to sympatize with the players the bottom line is that for there to be the many millions they want to get paid someone has to be willing to put up that money. If that investments safety is based on the whims of the players the investor is not going to want to risk their money. Hate the owners all you want, but they are the first thing the league needs before it can even get to the point of needing players. Just how business worlks.

  60. “The raiders, a rebuilding team gets a top reciever, and althougj he grew disgruntled, he gets a neq start.”

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    So, this is how the Raider fans are going to spin the last several months that was the AB soap opera? AB was “disgruntled” – that is 1 way to spin it I guess.

  61. charliecharger says:
    March 10, 2019 at 1:04 am
    It’s a passing league and Antonio Brown is by far the best receiver in the game.

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    Yeah, but now take a look at who’s throwing the ball… I’m not sure Brown is the 70 yrds/game difference between Carr and Big Ben.

  62. Sure…Raider fans are all excited about this. But does it make sense? They’re not in any position to make a playoff run now…maybe in 3-4 years. What will AB be then…34? And what did Pittsburgh win with AB…nothing. And Oakland doesn’t have even close to the amount of talent that Pitt had. Carr isn’t even close to Ben…and by the time a new franchise QB is in place…AB will be done. I wouldn’t be surprised if AB falls to a top 12 WR…or even lower.

  63. The only reason Brown is so much better than Cooper is because Ben is so much better than Carr. Why do you think Cooper improved so much after the trade? AB is going to drop to a top 14-20 WR….

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