For how long will Antonio Brown be the highest paid receiver?

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Antonio Brown will arrive in Oakland as the highest-paid receiver in football, based on a blended new-money analysis of his 2017 Steelers extension and his 2019 adjustment with the Raiders. So if $19.8 million is regarded as the new new-money high-water mark, how long Will Brown hold that distinction?

Perhaps not for long.

The Chiefs currently are working on a new deal for receiver Tyreek Hill, who arguably is worth $20 million per year, or more. Brown’s deal will serve only to strengthen that argument.

Like Hill, Saints receiver Michael Thomas is entering the final year of his rookie deal. While the Saints have their hands tied to a certain extent by a monstrous $33.5 million cap number for Drew Brees in 2019, the 26-year-old Thomas surely will be getting a major payday, sooner than later. Will that contract surpass Brown’s? That remains to be seen.

The Cowboys have expressed a desire to extend receiver Amari Cooper‘s contract, which carries an option-year salary of $13.924 million. That’s a starting point that will make it harder to pump up the new-money numbers, but Brown’s contract definitely impacts Cooper’s situation — as does the fact that he’ll be eligible for the franchise tag next year. (For 2019, the franchise tender for receivers came in at $16.787 million.)

Falcons receiver Julio Jones has been clamoring for a new contract, and the Falcons have expressed a willingness to give him one. However, with more than $20 million to be paid out over the next two years on his existing deal, Jones could have a hard time besting Brown under an analysis based on new money.

Then there’s Bengals receiver A.J. Green, who is due to make $11.976 million this year, the final year of his contract. He’ll be getting a new deal at some point from someone, but he turns 31 later this year.

Being on the wrong side of 30 didn’t keep Brown from getting paid, and it likely won’t keep Jones or Green from doing the same thing. But Hill, who just turned 25 and is due to make only $1.965 million in the final year of his contract, could be the one best suited to break the bank — and to breeze past Antonio Brown at $19.8 million in new money.

23 responses to “For how long will Antonio Brown be the highest paid receiver?

  1. Antonio Brown just wanted to be in a better environment for him. Brown is an ultra-passionate guy. He runs at very high RPM’s. Gruden is the same way. These two guys will thrive off each other’s work ethic. When you talk about Gruden being old fashion, it’s really his work ethic they’re talking about. Not all players share that same desire to be great, but Gruden is going to find 53 men that do. We’ve seen Gruden is willing to unload the players that aren’t all in. That’s exactly what Belichick, Walsh, Jimmy Johnson, and most other successful coaches have done. The first year usually isn’t pretty, but the super bowl trophies eventually come to town. Antonio Brown will have plenty of money to retire with. He just wants a ring or three. That’s why he wanted to play for Jon Gruden. It was never about money for Antonio. In any case, I wouldn’t be surprised if his agent isn’t on the phone right now lining up endorsement deals. Brown will make more money off the field than he will on the field.

  2. Probably at this time next year after the Raiders are tired of his antics. He will behave until he isn’t the featured WR then out comes the bad AB that will have Chuckie shaking his head.

  3. Being on the wrong side of 30 didn’t keep Brown from getting paid

    But he’s on one of the worst teams in the league…should get really interesting.
    By interesting, I mean a train wreck for Oakland.

  4. I still need to see the details. Word on the street is Davis does not have the cash to put guaranteed money into an escrow account. So I will wait to see the details- no signing bonus makes complete sense, as you need cash on the front end….Davis is just counting down the days to his Las Vegas Lotto ticket.

  5. Not a single top WR or their team in this article made it to the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Phillip Dorsett was the only person to catch a TD in the post season for the Patriots this playoffs.

  6. Murf in Southie says:
    March 10, 2019 at 12:49 pm
    Not a single top WR or their team in this article made it to the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Phillip Dorsett was the only person to catch a TD in the post season for the Patriots this playoffs.
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    Brown has played in a Super Bowl

  7. As a Steelers’ fan, I hope they hurry up and ink AB’s trade deal before Tyreek Hill gets a deal making him the highest paid receiver. Otherwise, Mr BC will probably nix the deal, and we will start all over again.

  8. The similarities to Keyshawn Johnson is eerily the same. He became a malcontent so NYJ traded him to Gruden’s Bucs for TWO first rounders (while AB got a 3rd and 6th). Yes Gruden won the SB, but he took over a team that was loaded and on the verge of winning a SB. HOWEVER…somewhere along the line the star receiver and head coach clashed, resulting in an in-game sideline rant by Keyshawn aimed at Gruden. Gruden responded by suspending him the final 7 games. With the Raiders, they’re not close to being worst to first anytime soon (unless they get Bell too). So with Gruden’s attitude and Brown’s penchant for doing dumb-ish, this will be good to see end badly!

  9. As these contracts spiral OBJ is not going to be content with the 5 year deal that he signed last year. Might see a replay of the AB scenario.

  10. As soon as some other WR surpasses his salary, AB will throw a hissy fit, hold out, etc. His ego won’t allow him to ever be in second place to someone….

  11. and the pats have been to 4 out of 5 bowls with bargain basement wideouts. if you can’t put together a consistent contender, just blow the cap on big names to sell tickets.

  12. 1969l78 says:
    March 10, 2019 at 11:58 am
    He wasn’t even the best wr on his team!


    We will see how JuJu does without AB drawing double teams on every play next season

  13. This all Brown cares about the me want money, me want more balls thrown to me no matter if open or not, me wants more yards, me wants more commercials, me wants,wants wants. This is his true make up. He will give credit to other team mates and coaches, IF he can blame them for his bad statistic game.

  14. And Brown thought the Steelers were team dysfunction? Wait til he gets a load of the Raiders. A dysfunctional team going nowhere fast. I give this marriage 6 months tops

  15. Don’t look for AJ to stomp his foot and demand to be the highest paid. It’s not in his character. He’s already stated that he has plenty of money. He’s a team guy, and a consummate professional.

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