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, the Oakland Raiders have acquired the disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver on Saturday evening — ending one of the most tiresome and oft-reported storylines of the NFL’s 2019 offseason; one that started with Brown publicly demanding to get traded away from Pittsburgh in February.Now, he got his wish as the Steelers are sending him to Oakland in exchange for two mid-level draft picks this year: the Raiders, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, will send a third (#66) and a fifth round pick (#141) to Pittsburgh. Furthermore, Brown’s new club reworked his contract to give him $19.8 million per season (via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport) — an average value that is the highest in the NFL at the wide receiver position.Brown is not only a costly investment on the Raiders’ part, however: by trading him away, the Steelers also have to take on a dead money number of $21.12 million onto their salary cap this season. That number alone is more than that of the NFL’s previously leading team in dead cap Shaq Mason Jerseys 2019
, the Arizona Cardinals who have $16.39 million of unused cap space.For example, he New England Patriots’ projected starting offensive line heading into 2019 — Isaiah Wynn, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon — would hit the team’s payroll with a combined cap hit of “only” $23.05 million. While the comparison per se is not perfect, it still illustrates just how much a team could do with more than $20 million in cash. Alas, the Steelers used it to part ways with one of their best players.C’est la vie. The report from NFL Network that Patriots receiver Josh Gordon committed multiple violations of the substance-abuse policy before triggering his latest suspension raises concerns beyond whether the NFL violated its own confidentiality provision.The fact that Gordon wasn’t suspended immediately after his first violation following reinstatement underscores the reality that the NFL is exercising discretion regarding reinstated players that the letter of the policy doesn’t permit. As one league source recently explained it to PFT White Chris Hogan Jerseys
, this creates competitive concerns regarding the manner in which discretion is being exercised as to reinstated players.Players who are reinstated after being suspended for more than one year revert to Stage 3 of the program, which technically means that they are one positive test away from another indefinite suspension of at least a year. While the league helps the players (and itself) by allowing talented players to continue to play, the decision to blur otherwise bright-line rules invites questions regarding whether discretion is being fairly and consistently applied.This year, three different players who had been suspended for at least a year reportedly encountered new problems under the policy. Raiders receiver Martavis Bryant eventually was suspended again, as was Gordon. Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, who reportedly was facing further discipline post-reinstatement in September, continues to play.Other teams are wondering why Bryant and Gordon are gone Chris Hogan Jerseys 2019
, but Gregory isn’t. And because there’s (selective) confidentiality and limited transparency in these cases, there’s no way to compare circumstances and decide whether the NFL has done Gregory and, in turn, the Cowboys a favor.