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Raiders general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden had been studying this year’s NFL free-agent class for weeks, rarely leaving the building other than to eat or sleep.

Owner Mark Davis invited his chief decision makers and their wives to an event in Las Vegas last weekend, and Gruden suggested they accept.

“I was excited to get Mike out of the building,” Gruden said Wednesday. “We went to Las Vegas and it was a great event with Mike, Mandy Mayock, my wife Cindy and I and it was supposed to be a double date. Instead, we dated Drew Rosenhaus and Antonio Brown.”

The figurative swap happened because Pittsburgh’s deal to send mercurial receiver Antonio Brown to Buffalo fell through Thursday night. There were some contract hang-ups there, and suddenly Brown’s trade value went down.

The Raiders couldn’t meet Pittsburgh’s original asking price, but they met a new one that sends a third-round pick and a fifth-rounder to Pittsburgh for Brown, who in turn got $50 million over three years with $30 million guaranteed.

Mayock said the Raiders didn’t get involved in the Antonio Brown sweepstakes until Friday, the day before the deal was consummated. They had thought about it, but weren’t willing to jump into trade talks requiring one of their four NFL draft picks in the top 35 overall.

Then the price went down, and Mayock and Gruden discussed a realistic possibility that would turn their free-agency plan on its ear.

“The wild card in our planning was the understanding that Antonio Brown might be available,” Mayock said during Brown’s introductory press conference. “When, all of a sudden, we realized we might have an opportunity to compete for his services, it changed everything.

"When Jon and I had the conversation in Las Vegas about the chance to trade for Antonio Brown, there was no hesitation. Both of us thought his play spoke for itself, and we thought it would be important for the locker room and energy around the building.”

His on-field presence doesn’t hurt. Getting a four-time first-team All-Pro in the pattern was worth the extra funds required to secure his services through 2021, even if it meant the Raiders couldn’t go after all of their targets.

They still landed several players in their prime, all to contracts averaging eight figures per year. Antonio Brown came first, with offensive tackle Trent Brown, defensive back Lamarcus Joyner and receiver Tyrell Williams, respectively, after that.

The Raiders aren’t done. Expect a veteran, second-tier edge rusher coming down the pike in time, with another cornerback remaining a possibility. Then there’s the matter of securing their own, especially running backs Marshawn Lynch (if he wants to return) and/or Doug Martin. The Raiders are monitoring tight end Jared Cook’s market, though it’s hard to imagine him coming back with a visit to New Orleans Thursday and interest from the Patriots.

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The Raiders are still right with the salary cap. Without knowing Brown’s contract structure, the Raiders have an estimated $20 million in cap space, with half that devoted to the draft pool. Released players could create more space, as the Raiders adjust now that Brown’s in the fold. There have been reports the Raiders have a cashflow problem, recent signings refute such strong assertions. Mayock and Gruden still have to spend within their means.

“We have nowhere near an unlimited budget,” Mayock said. “The curveball that came out of nowhere was Antonio. What is comes down to is this: you’ve got a finite number of dollars; how do you want to spend them? When he became available, potentially, to us, we had to re-take that sheet of paper out and reanalyze how many players we could successfully chase or not. He was the trigger to the rest of what we did.

"I think, hindsight will be 20/20 a year from now, but we feel we upgraded the Raiders with big signings and we’re excited to keep working on it.”

https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/raiders/how-antonio-brown-trade-changed-raiders-plan-nfl-free-agency
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Re: How Antonio Brown trade changed Raiders' plan for NFL free agency
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 12:52:45 AM »

Antonio Brown has 'a lot of passion, a lot of poise boiling within me'

New Raiders receiver Antonio Brown showed up to his introductory press conference fresh dressed, looking like (50)-million bucks.

Gone were the uneven dreadlocks, some blue and one blonde to match his mustache. The hair, up front anyway, was short and clean. His plaid suit was well pressed, shirt tight enough to throw a silver and black No. 84 over when the time was right.

His opening statement and subsequent answers during a 28-minute press conference after his trade from Pittsburgh to the Raiders become official Wednesday afternoon.

He wanted to exude professionalism and polish then and during an exclusive one-on-one with NBC Sports Bay Area.

“There’s a lot of passion, a lot of poise boiling within me,” Brown said. “I’m excited for this next challenge. I’m excited about the opportunity. I’m extremely grateful to be here and get ready to work.”

Brown considers the Raiders a great schematic fit, but wants to do more than play. He wants to help lead the Raiders toward a prosperous future following a dark era in Raiders history.

“It’s going to show what I bring to the table from a leadership standpoint,” Brown said. “How can I make guys better around me? How can I make the situation better around me? How can I bring a surge of energy to make sure everyone is getting better?”

The Raiders need a lift after so much losing. Brown has done nothing but win during nine NFL seasons in Pittsburgh. He didn’t want to declare how he’ll help get that done.

“Stay tuned. Nothing I can say will change things around here. It starts with our actions. I’m here, and I look forward to seeing how we turn out.”

He used the term accountability over and over and again, planning to be an example for others and setting consequences for those who don’t live up to a new standard set.

“My plan is to get around here, get in the room and start holding guys accountable,” Brown said in his press conference. “Let them know there’s a certain type of standard here now that we have to uphold. Receivers we need the accountability system. Drops, lates, fines, missed routes, missed sights, we’re going to hold each other accountable. If you don’t fall in that accountability, you get fined.

“So when Derek Carr walks in the room and sees all of his receivers, this guy owes this, this guys owes this, so everyone has that accountability factor. For everyone held accountable we have to be at a certain standard. I’m just here to set certain standards, hold guys accountable. Just uplift the tradition of it’s unacceptable to accept not our best. That’s kind of my attitude. Still shaping the team. I can’t do it all in one day. This is a first start to kick off me being here and us doing some positive things moving forward.”

https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/raiders/antonio-brown-has-lot-passion-lot-poise-boiling-within-me
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Re: How Antonio Brown trade changed Raiders' plan for NFL free agency
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2019, 06:14:26 AM »

Hmmm...Everything he said runs contradictory to his actions over the last few months...

Did he just pull all of those stunts and say everything to get out of Pittsburg? Seems like it.

I think Brown is going to dominate here.
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Re: How Antonio Brown trade changed Raiders' plan for NFL free agency
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2019, 06:55:46 AM »

Hmmm...Everything he said runs contradictory to his actions over the last few months...

Did he just pull all of those stunts and say everything to get out of Pittsburg? Seems like it.

I think Brown is going to dominate here.
dude that was all staged man.  He totally weaseled his way out of pittsburgh
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Re: How Antonio Brown trade changed Raiders' plan for NFL free agency
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 08:21:37 AM »

Hmmm...Everything he said runs contradictory to his actions over the last few months...

Did he just pull all of those stunts and say everything to get out of Pittsburg? Seems like it.

I think Brown is going to dominate here.
Good for us!

I’m stoked!

I don’t really care what he did in Pittsburgh or to Pittsburgh. I’m sure he was well coached by Rosenhaus.  I only care what he does from here on out!

Now, that video of Brown stopping by Carr’s house seemed very genuine.  I think these guys are going to tear it up together! 

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Re: How Antonio Brown trade changed Raiders' plan for NFL free agency
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 09:11:01 AM »

Hmmm...Everything he said runs contradictory to his actions over the last few months...

Did he just pull all of those stunts and say everything to get out of Pittsburg? Seems like it.

I think Brown is going to dominate here.
Good for us!

I’m stoked!

I don’t really care what he did in Pittsburgh or to Pittsburgh. I’m sure he was well coached by Rosenhaus.  I only care what he does from here on out!

Now, that video of Brown stopping by Carr’s house seemed very genuine.  I think these guys are going to tear it up together!
till they trade carr =)
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