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    Sep 05, 2019 19:47:25(Sep 05, 2019)
  • who never took the initial rumors of a possible trade Antonio Brown seriously when they first emerged after Week 17 Mel Blount Jersey , the receiver’s social media posts on Tuesday and the subsequent reports confirming an official trade request had been made were something of a wake up call. Given the column inches already dedicated to the subject on this site and many others, most fans are already well aware of the salary cap implications of trading Brown, but given the inaccurate reporting by some notable names in the media as of late, it would appear that a reminder might be in order. A restructure of Browns contract in March of 2018 effectively attached a prorated bonus of $7.04 million to each of the remaining years of his deal, with the entire amount needing to be accounted for financially this season if Brown was released or traded before before June 2.Set to earn a base salary of $12.652 million in 2019 and a roster bonus of $2.5 million due on March 17, Brown would have a total cap hit of $22.165 million if he remains with the Steelers in 2019. Should he be traded, while Pittsburgh would be off the hook for the $15.125 million in cash due to Brown Mike Webster Jersey , they would still need to account for the three outstanding years of prorated signing bonus attached to his contact.Ultimately, a trade would leave the Steelers with a dead money figure of $21.12 million to account this season and create a cap saving of just $1.045 million, regardless of how some in the media might attempt to spin the numbers to make it appear otherwise. There remains a possibility of reducing that dead money figure in 2019 by either waiting to trade Brown until after June 2 or simply releasing him outright with a post-June designation. In this scenario, Pittsburgh would only have to account for $7.04 million in dead money this year and then another $14.08 million in 2020, but also find themselves with an extra $12.652 million to work with if he was traded or $15.125 million if released before his roster bonus is due.Unless the Steelers really want the cap space this offseason, there is nothing to be gained from giving Brown his outright release. The receivers recent antics and legal issues may have diminished his appeal, but if Joe Flacco can generate a fourth-round draft pick via trade Greg Lloyd Jersey , Brown has to the worth at least a third. The Patriots latest addition at tight end a player projected to be a starter in 2019 will now miss the Steelers game in Week 1 due to suspension." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBehind the Steel Curtaina Pittsburgh Steelers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsSteelersOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsFiled under:Latest NewsImpending suspension for Patriots TE Ben Watson will impact Steelers game in Week 1New,47commentsThe Patriots latest addition at tight end a player projected to be a starter in 2019 will now miss the Steelers game in Week 1 due to suspension.EDTShareTweetShareShareImpending suspension for Patriots TE Ben Watson will impact Steelers game in Week 1Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesWith the loss of Rob Gronkowski to retirement this offseason, it would be fair to say that the New England Patriots will not pose the same sort of challenge to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 as they have in past years. Having personally dominated the Steelers on numerous occasions over the years, Gronkowski’s departure was something of a blessing for a Steelers team set to face New England on opening day, but the Patriots have done their best to replace him this offseason with some free agent signings at the position. Former New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson was coaxed out of retirement and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers,New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was added during free agency Kevin Greene Jersey , but it appears that the Patriots will not be able to field both new options when they host Pittsburgh in Week 1. Revealing he has been hit with a four-game ban by the league for his use of performance enhancing drugs over the weekend, Watson will now be unavailable to New England when they take on the Steelers. Unlike many of the excuses given by players to explain their use of substances from the league’s banned list, it would be fair to say that Watson’s reasoning seems reasonable to believe given his situation at the time. And much as it pains me to be supportive of any member of the Patriots organization, it would appear to be a relatively honest mistake in this instance, if his post of social media is to be believed. Given his admission of guilt, it also seems highly unlikely that Watson will be appealing the league’s decision.
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