The upgrade in money for Brown also sees his $17 million per year salary go up to $19.8 million per season, as the Raiders hope this is the weapon they need to rejuvenate quarterback Derek Carr's career. The quarterback was at one point the highest-paid quarterback in the league, but has since seen his production and health go down. Brown announced the news himself with a post on Instragram, while also posting a video of him and Carr from the Pro Browl on Twitter with the caption "love at first sight." Carr retweeted that post with the caption "let's get to work."
The picture that was originally posted by Brown already showed him in the black and silver uniform for the Raiders. This will be the first trade for the new Raiders general manager, Mike Mayock, as he looks to move past the tough first season head coach Jon Gruden had back in Oakland. The Raiders have had just one winning season and one playoff appearance since the 2002 season, and dealt with more injuries to Carr this past season. That led to them ranking 18th in the passing game, averaging 234.4 yards per game, as their 19 receiving touchdowns were good for 24th in the league. Jordy Nelson was their top receiver last season, compiling just 63 catches for 739 yards and three touchdowns.
Carr is someone who loves to throw the deep ball when he has the target, and Brown will no doubt be just that for him. Brown had eight touchdown catches of 20 or more yards downfield in 2018, which was the most in the NFL. The Raiders had just four of those as a team last season, and Brown will also add to the efficiency of the pass game, as he dropped just one pass on 170 targets.
Brown's tenure with the Steelers ended in turmoil due to his issues with the organization, coach Mike Tomlin, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. That led to Brown missing their Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, with a playoff spot on the line. He recently met with team owner Art Rooney to discuss the issues, where they mutually agreed that it was time to part ways. Although, he did put up tremendous numbers in his nine years with them, as he recorded 837 receptions for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns, with an NFL-record six straight 100-catch seasons in there. He will hope to bring those numbers to Oakland and help turn their franchise around quickly as they inch closer to their move to Las Vegas.