The All-Pro wide receiver was reportedly traded to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, meaning he will be facing the Minnesota Vikings in 2019.
Every season, the Minnesota Vikings are tasked with facing some of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL. Well, that will be no different in 2019 as Antonio Brown has reportedly been added to the mix of pass catchers the Vikings will have to face next season.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to trade the All-Pro wide receiver to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a third and a fifth-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. The Raiders will also be re-working Brown’s contract and making him the league’s highest paid receiver.
After the Steelers selected him in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Brown has evolved into arguably the league’s top pass catcher. During his nine seasons in the NFL, the 30-year-old receiver has earned four First-Team All-Pro selections and seven invites to the Pro Bowl.
Brown made it pretty clear at the end of 2018 that he no longer wanted to remain in Pittsburgh and basically forced them to find a trade partner this year. Considering that they didn’t even get a first-round pick in exchange for him, it seems like the Steelers were just happy to get whatever they could in a trade to get him off of their roster.
Now that Brown is a member of Oakland, he will be making an appearance at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium next season barring any sort of injury. The Raiders and their new receiver are one of eight teams that will be heading to the Twin Cities to take on the Vikings in 2019.
Minnesota has actually done pretty well when going up against Brown in the past. During the two games he has faced the Vikings since 2013, the new Oakland pass catcher has never caught a touchdown or finished his day with at least 100 receiving yards.
When Brown steps on the field inside U.S. Bank Stadium in 2019, Minnesota will be hoping their success against him continues.