Just days after turning Antonio Brown into the richest wide receiver in professional football, the Raiders are grabbing Trent Brown from Bill Belichick and making him the highest paid offensive lineman in football.
The 6-foot-8, 380 pound left tackle, who probably could block out the sun simply by stretching, played on 97% of the Patriots offensive snaps last year. A former sixth round pick of the 49ers, New England traded for Brown prior to last year when Nate Solder jumped ship to the Giants.
Despite playing right tackle with the 49ers, Brown did a solid job protecting Brady’s blindside. Yet, failed to finish among the top-25 in Pro Football Focus’s offensive lineman rankings.
Apparently, the Raiders don’t read Pro Football Focus, as they made Brown the highest paid offensive lineman in football, with a four-year, $66 million contract, that includes $36.75 guaranteed, which is about half-a-million more per year than the Titans’ Taylor Lewan, who was the highest paid lineup per year, proving once again, if you ain’t first, you’re last.
Anyhow, add in Brown’s numbers, the Raiders have not guaranteed $66 million to their two newest players. I guess you can do this when a third of your upcoming roster will be playing on rookie deals.
As for the Patriots, don’t feel too bad (you should never feel bad for the Pats), rookie Isaiah Wynn is expected to make a full recovery from a preseason Achilles injury, so it’s no wonder they didn’t want to drop top dollar on Brown this offseason.