With free agency and the new league year underway, the Steelers made it official, announcing the trade of Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders for two picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Steelers will get a third and fifth round pick from the Raiders. The third-round pick is the 66th pick overall, while the fifth-round pick is the 141st pick overall.
The trade gives the Steelers a total of 10 picks in the draft, including three in the top 66 and four in the top 83.
Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert released the following statement regarding Brown's trade.
"We have traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders. We believe the compensation, which will now give us four picks in the first 83 selections and 10 overall in the upcoming NFL Draft, can benefit our efforts to improve our team in 2019 and beyond.
"Antonio remains one of the best players in the National Football League, but as we believe, this move was in the best interest of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We wish Antonio all the best the rest of his career."
Brown finished his Steelers career second in team history in receptions (837) and receiving yards (11,207), behind only Hines Ward.
Brown was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in 130 games, starting 103 of them, in his career.
Steelers 2019 NFL Draft Selections
First Round – 20th pick overall
Second Round – 52nd pick overall
Third Round – 66th pick overall – from Oakland Raiders (Antonio Brown trade)
Third Round – 83rd pick overall
Fourth Round – 122nd pick overall
Fifth Round – 141st pick overall – from Oakland Raiders (Antonio Brown trade)
Sixth Round – 175th pick overall - from Oakland Raiders (Ryan Switzer trade)
Sixth Round – 192nd pick overall
Sixth Round – 207th pick overall - from Arizona Cardinals (Marcus Gilbert trade)
Seventh Round – 219th pick overall - from Tampa Bay (J.J. Wilcox trade)