Flanked by his light coach and favorite supervisor, seated in front of three Lombardis and carrying a brand light subdued cease — a fitting change-in-front and occasion-in-aid combo — Antonio Brown spoke Wednesday afternoon for the first time as a member of the Oakland Raiders.
After a two-month-lengthy standoff with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the receiver sooner or later landed in a brand light desired locale because the league 365 days started. Contemporary off signing a three-365 days address $30 million in light guaranteed money with Oakland, Brown stated he was once completely chuffed to be half of the franchise, especially one with so worthy historical previous.
“Or no longer it is legendary. Or no longer it is an honor to be right here. I do know there is some mammoth guys who’ve been in this constructing,” Brown stated of becoming a member of the Raiders. “I’m beautiful wrathful to be in the identical constructing as guys who’ve been mammoth from the previous and I’m wrathful to be right here and aid these guys skedaddle to a level as a ways as a profitable atmosphere.”
Not that his former franchise did no longer dangle a profitable legacy. The six-time Immense Bowl champion Steelers made the postseason six times in Brown’s nine seasons with the membership, all the way by way of which the receiver rose from a sixth-round afterthought to arguably the game’s excellent wideout.
But Brown desired a switch for myriad reasons after the 2018 season, and Pittsburgh at final traded the receiver to Oakland for a third- and fifth-round non-public.
“Pittsburgh will always be my family,” Brown defined. “Those guys gave me an replacement when I used to be once a 21-365 days-outdated college kid. Clearly of us hear to the things that dangle been being stated and written, but at the cease of the day, it be all about the attain you assemble of us feel. I keep in mind I made of us feel in actuality mammoth, in actuality impressed after they survey me skedaddle to work, after they survey me play. I do know Steeler Nation is having a rotten day as of late, but it undoubtedly’s always love.”
Minutes after Brown’s press convention started, the Steelers equipped a parting message of their non-public.
“We now dangle traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders,” favorite supervisor Kevin Colbert stated in a blunt statement launched by the personnel. “We imagine the compensation, which is able to now give us four picks in the first 83 choices and 10 overall in the upcoming NFL Draft, can inspire our effort to supply a boost to our personnel in 2019 and beyond.
“Antonio remains one of many finest gamers in the National Soccer League, but as we imagine, this pass was once in the finest hobby of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We want Antonio the total finest the rest of his profession.”
The Raiders officially received Brown on Wednesday, the identical day that Oakland reportedly furthermore added deep-threat wideout Tyrell Williams in a revamping of a receiving corps that was once left wanting after Amari Cooper was once traded for a first-round non-public final season.
2nd-365 days coach Jon Gruden, who helped enact both swaps, did no longer are eager to re-hash or re-dangle in suggestions his resolution to assemble the controversial Cooper swap all the way by way of Wednesday’s info convention. The skipper was once a ways extra centered on the personnel’s future with Brown.
“We might even no longer should regulate anything else with this man, and we did no longer should regulate worthy with Amari,” Gruden told reporters. “Here is no longer about evaluating receivers as of late.
“We accumulate no longer are eager to dangle an precise receiving corps. I are eager to dangle the finest receiving corps in football and I envisage to dangle the finest, which that you can well dangle gotten received to dangle the finest. In my opinion, we received the finest receiver in football.”
Brown was once equally assured that he can flip round Oakland’s offense, which ranked twenty third in the league final season.
“I recount accountability,” Brown stated. “I recount actions. Not what I command, what I cease. How I attain things. Conserving guys responsible in the receiver room.”
The wideout added that he was once eager to work with a obvious starting up quarterback in the Raiders’ Derek Carr.
“Most attention-grabbing refreshing,” Brown stated of the 2’s partnership. “I keep in mind he’s hungry for achievement. Hungry to flip the group round, hungry to build up on the profitable aspect of things. And I’m hungry for the identical things. We stand for the identical causes — God-fearing men, family-first form of of us — and we beautiful are eager to be the finest at our craft.”
Brown carrying silver and sad reasonably than sad and yellow will comprise some getting outmoded to, but if the receiver’s outlook and light view are any indication, he’s already smartly adjusted to his light favorite in Oakland.