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The first interception of Conley’s career and the first
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ALAMEDA Womens Derek Carr Jersey , Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal Saturday night to acquire prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will give him the lucrative new contract he wanted.A person with direct knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press that the Raiders finalized the deal with the Steelers and will give Brown a new three-year contract worth $50.125 million instead of the $38.925 million he was owed by Pittsburgh. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be completed until the new league year starts Wednesday.Pro Football Talk first reported the deal and says Pittsburgh will get third and fifth-round draft picks from Oakland.The trade makes final what became a very messy and very public divorce between Brown and the team that helped turn the sixth-round pick into arguably the greatest wide receiver of his generation.It also gives the Raiders a high-profile addition for second-year coach Jon Gruden after trading away two of the team’s biggest stars last year in edge rusher Khalil Mack and receiver Amari Cooper.Oakland got extra first-round picks in those trades but didn’t need to give up any of its four picks in the top 35 in the upcoming draft to acquire Brown, who has topped 100 receptions and 1,200 yards receiving in each of the past six seasons. The Raiders have had only one player reach those marks in a single season in franchise history, with Hall of Famer Tim Brown accomplishing the feat in 1997.Brown now gives quarterback Derek Carr his biggest offensive weapon since entering the league in 2014 and the Raiders a legitimate star before they move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.The Raiders’ top wide receiver last season was Jordy Nelson, who had just 63 catches for 739 yards.Gruden has always admired Brown from his time as a broadcaster and had nothing but praise for the receiver before the teams played last December.“He’s the hardest working man, I think, in football,” Gruden said. “Hardest working player I’ve ever seen practice. I’ve seen Jerry Rice, I’ve seen a lot of good ones, but I put Antonio Brown at the top. If there are any young wideouts out there, I’d go watch him practice. You figure out yourself why he’s such a good player.”Brown was obviously pleased with the development, posting a picture of himself in a Raiders uniform and a video with Carr at a Pro Bowl with the caption “Love at first sight ” on his Twitter account.Brown is no stranger to drawing headlines for both his prolific on-field production and his off-the-field antics, including livestreaming from the locker room after a playoff win over Kansas City in January 2017 and getting pulled over for doing 100 mph in the northern Pittsburgh suburbs last fall.The sometimes tumultuous relationship between the only player in NFL history with six straight 100-catch seasons and the franchise that made him the highest-paid player at his position in the spring of 2017 reached a breaking point in late December.Steelers coach Mike Tomlin benched Brown during the regular-season finale against Cincinnati after the wide receiver went radio silent in the final 48 hours before the game. Brown arrived in a fur coat, hung out for a half and then disappeared from view until well after his teammates had cleaned out their lockers following a 9-6-1 finish that left Pittsburgh on the outside of the playoffs for the first time since 2013.When Brown did resurface, he began engaging in a series of increasingly antagonistic acts designed to expedite his departure. He went on Instagram with former Steelers linebacker James Harrison during Tomlin’s season wrap-up press conference. He decried quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s “owner’s mentality” and chastised Tomlin for disciplining him in Week 17, no matter that Tomlin and the rest of the organization had spent years downplaying Brown’s off-the-field eccentricities.Brown officially requested a trade last month, but not before photo-shopping his familiar No. 84 onto a San Francisco 49ers jersey or using his hyperactive social media feeds to indicate not only his displeasure with the Steelers but also his interest in signing a new deal with whomever should acquire his services.Even with his benching in the finale, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a franchise-record and NFL-high 15 touchdowns. His last performance in a Pittsburgh uniform might have been one of his best, a 14-reception, 185-yard, two-touchdown masterpiece in a road loss to New Orleans.A week later, the player who once said he wanted to retire a Steeler didn’t even suit up against the Bengals. Just over two months later, he now finds himself heading to the second act of a career that’s on a Hall of Fame trajectory and the Steelers have a hole at receiver and more than $21 million in dead money on their salary cap.Tell the Truth: Victory! After four long weeks and the team adopting the true mantra of the Oakland Raiders, “It’s us against the world,” the Raiders earned their first win of the season. It wasn’t just about winning their first game of the season, but how. For the last four weeks pundits, experts, and prognosticators have been jumping down the throats of the quarterback Derek Carr, safety Reggie Nelson, head coach Jon Gruden, and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.Carr had been throwing interceptions in the red zone, missing open receivers (had Jordy Nelson open behind coverage), dinking and dunking without scoring, underthrowing and floating deep passes Womens Antonio Brown Jersey , and trying his best to get rid of the football in 1.9 seconds or less from the snap. Nelson (Reggie) has been the guy in the unenviable position of being roasted, toasted, and burnt to a crisp as the safety with deep responsibilities. Gruden has had his team looking like world beaters for 30 minutes then couldn’t make an adjustment to save their lives, or so it would appear. The man taking most of the heat has been Guenther. He’s had Gruden sit in on his meetings, been chastised for having Nelson’s back, fingers are being pointed at the defense’s 4th quarter collapse.Finding their will to winThe Raiders had every opportunity to quit. The fans were booing Carr from the stands, recently signed Matt McCrane was missing field goals from the dirt, rookie running back Nick Chubb rushed for 105 yards and 2 TD’s on three carries. Down two scores with 7:26 in the third quarter and it was starting to look and sound like the same old song. Carr and Marshawn Lynch took it upon themselves to re-write the ending.Lynch ran hard like a man possessed all game long. The Browns couldn’t stop him, they could barely slow him down. Lynch ran through faces over and over and over again, and the Browns couldn’t take it. As a matter of fact, Lynch ran so hard the refs early whistle cost him what could have been his longest touchdown run of the season. Lynch would finish with 130 yards on 20 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per carry with a long run of52 yards. The Gruden effect in plain sightCoach Gruden has made his hay working with quarterbacks. Raider Nation can be a fickle bunch at times, but Carr is on pace to have his greatest season to date and it’s only his first with his new coach and coordinator. If history repeats itself, once Carr settles down in the red zone, and begins to utilize his legs as a means to extend plays he can be in the MVP conversation.Carr’s efforts are largely going unappreciated due to the win-loss record (1-3) and his touchdown to interception ratio (6-7). Carr hasn’t been perfect and he himself has said multiple times that he has much to improve on. Carr has 16,063 passing yards as a Raider, which is good enough for 4th in franchise history. Daryle ‘The Mad Bomber’ LaMonica is next in Carr’s path at 16,655. Rich ‘Loose Canon’ Gannon had 17,585, and the great Kenny ‘The Snake’ Stabler leads with 19,078 passing yards. Defense finds the turnover bootyGreetings from Conley (Gareon Conley) Island. In the first quarter and first possession for the Browns, Conley did his best to welcome Baker Mayfield to the NFL with a pick-six.pick six for the Raiders dating back some time. Free agent Jonathon Hankins recovered not one but two fumbles from his defensive interior position. Ever the Johnny-on-the-spot Hankins was the first defender to see Mayfield mishandle the snap exchange. Rookie Maurice Hurst Jr. was a force and got multiple pressures including a strip sack, tying him for the team lead (2.0 sacks) with Bruce Irvin. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesLast but not least I have been a vocal proponent for never ever letting Nelson be left alone or in any deep safety coverage responsibility, but at the most pivotal time in the game when the defense needed a stop, Nelson came through clutch, just like coach Guenther has been saying he would. Final ThoughtsThis was a gut check performance from the Raiders. The Browns are no slouches and they are a better team with Mayfield under center than Tyrod Taylor. Mayfield was on time with his throws, precise with his ball placement and consistently hit his wide receivers in the hands. Many of the Raider Nation gave up on this team before the game was over. It was obvious in the amount of people trying to beat that Bay Area traffic in an effort to get home. How do you give up on a team with a quarterback who is fourth in passing yards, completions and completion percentage, and fifth in passing attempts? Maybe because in taking the chances many were clamoring for, he’s thrown more interceptions than usual. Carr does have the most in the league with seven.The fact is Carr and this offense are gelling now that they have a few games under their belts. This offense was largely absent during the preseason and it very well could have stunted their cohesion. In any case this offense is 2nd in the league in total yards, 15th in rushing, and 4th in passing yards and the team is miraculously tied for 14th with 29 total penalties.The record 1-3 wasn’t the start they were looking for but with the next seven weeks against teams that are still struggling to find themselves, they can get right in a heartbeat. So for now RaiderNation victory is yours and now we’re on to the Los Angeles Chargers.Follow Phil on twitter @PhilRobinsonNFL
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