It was fun to think about. Imagine Carson Wentz throwing to Antonio Brown for the next few years?

It’s not going to happen.

Early Sunday morning the Steelers reached a verbal agreement to send the record-setting wide receiver to the Raiders in exchange for third- and fifth-round draft picks, a source confirmed to NBC Sports California.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the trade.

On Saturday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported the the Eagles and Raiders were “most closely linked” to talks with the Steelers for Brown. Earlier, a reported tentative deal between the Bills and Steelers fell apart when Brown made it clear he didn’t want to go to Buffalo.

The Eagles have cleared out nearly $27 million in cap space in recent days with contract restructures for offensive linemen Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson, the release of Tim Jernigan and the trade agreement with the Patriots for Michael Bennett.

And Brown certainly made some sense for the Eagles, who could always use another playmaker for Wentz as he goes into his fourth NFL season.


But after midnight, word came that new Raiders GM Mike Mayock had agreed to give Brown a new contract — Schefter reported that it includes nearly $20 million in new money and is worth $50.125 million over three years, with $30.125 million guaranteed. 

Brown over the last six years has averaged 114 catches for 1,524 yards and 11 touchdowns. In NFL history, only six other receivers have had one career season with those numbers — Isaac Bruce, Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, DeAndre Hopkins, Hermany Moore and Jerry Rice.

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