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Steelers issue statement regarding Antonio Brown trade to Raiders

Steelers issue statement regarding Antonio Brown trade to Raiders

During his nine seasons in Pittsburgh, Antonio Brown established himself as one of the NFL's premier wide receivers.

That relationship came to an end this week when the Steelers dealt the All-Pro to the Raiders.

With the new league year beginning Wednesday, the Raiders and Steelers made the blockbuster trade official.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert issued the following statement after the trade was announced.

The divorce between Brown and the Steelers wasn't pretty. It all started during the final week of the regular season when Brown missed several practices and reportedly had a disagreement with a teammate.

Ever since, Brown had been trying to get out of Pittsburgh. Late Saturday night, news broke that the Raiders had agreed to trade two draft picks to Pittsburgh for the dynamic playmaker.

On Wednesday, Brown found himself sitting between coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock at a podium in Alameda. So, he got just what he wanted.

NFL rumors: Marshawn Lynch to retire for second time in three seasons

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NFL rumors: Marshawn Lynch to retire for second time in three seasons

Marshawn Lynch came out of retirement in 2017 to play for his hometown Oakland Raiders. A specific opportunity coaxed him away from exotic vacations and adventures and back to the grind of preparing for NFL football games. He wanted to play at home before his home team was permanently relocated to Las Vegas.

Asked directly during a rare, always epic press conference with local media whether he missed football while away, his answer was simple and direct.

Nope.

He returned to play in the town that helped raise him, one that he champions at every turn through charitable works.

Lynch won’t make one last ride. ESPN reported Wednesday morning that he plans to retire a second time. There’s no word whether Lynch will make a formal announcement, as he did after Super Bowl 50 by tweeting a photo of shoes hanging over a telephone wire, or if the enigmatic rusher is in fact done play. 

He is physically capable of returning for the team’s final season in Oakland, a source said in March, recovered from groin surgery that cut his 2018 season short.

The door was never fully closed on a possible re-signing in part because owner Mark Davis loves Lynch. So does head coach Jon Gruden. But actions speak louder that sentiment in this business and the Raiders started moving on from the legendary runner this offseason.

They signed Isaiah Crowell in late March to join Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren III, and are strongly considering running backs high in this week’s NFL draft.

Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock said they wouldn’t make a decision on Lynch until after the draft, but over time that seemed like a hedge in case drafting a runner didn’t work out.

Lynch could eliminate that prospect with his second retirement, ending his Raiders tenure after parts of two seasons. He has 1,502 yards total offense and 10 touchdowns on 332 touches during his time in silver and black, with some iconic moments within. The obvious was him going hyphy on the sideline after a dominant 2017 victory over the New York Jets in his first game in Oakland as a Raider. There also was the long run that helped beat the New York Giants. He was dominant as ever last season, especially in a violent exhibition against Cleveland where he had 130 yards on 20 carries. He suffered a groin injury in a Week 6 loss to Seattle, had surgery to repair it and largely rehabbed on his own.

He just turned 33 years old and the Raiders are trying to get younger at most spots, making it fairly clear the team would move in a different direction.

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If this is it, Lynch will finish his NFL career with 2,441 rushes for 10,379 yards and 84 touchdowns and 391 receptions for 2,214 yards and nine TDs. He was one of the toughest, most elusive runners of his generation over spells with Buffalo, Seattle and Oakland, especially during his salad days with the Seahawks.

He averaged 4.85 yards per carry in the playoff with nine touchdowns. A 10th likely would’ve secured a second Super Bowl victory for Seattle, but a pass was called instead and the Patriots won at the last minute.

Raiders seven-round NFL mock draft: Pick projections for each round

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Raiders seven-round NFL mock draft: Pick projections for each round

The Raiders are scheduled to make eight selections in this NFL draft. Half of them are expected to come in the first 35 overall. That will likely change during the annual selection process, which begins Thursday night in Nashville.

Raiders trades are expected either in the first round or beyond to acquire more Day 2 picks believed to be particularly valuable in this class. However, we won’t be making trades in the world where this seven-round Raiders mock draft resides.

We’re going to pick them as scheduled here, and try to address needs where we’re able. Just as a warning: I ran The Draft Network’s mock draft simulator a thousand times and wasn’t able to land Nick Bosa (No. 4 overall), Quinnen Williams (No. 24 overall) and Josh Allen (No. 27 overall) all in the first round, so prepare yourself for disappointment.

These seven-round mocks are always idealized to some degree because every pick isn’t being made. Look below, where the draft’s best prospect is still around at No. 4, for proof of that. So let’s have fun with this thing. Check out what I’ve got, and then dub me a certified genius or certifiably insane. There is no middle ground.

With that, here’s a Raiders seven-round mock draft, just days before Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock start playing for keeps.

VIEW ENTIRE SEVEN-ROUND MOCK DRAFT HERE