What Happened in NFL News This Week

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Antonio Brown is traded to the Bills

On Saturday, the Buffalo Bills agreed to trade a first- and sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Pittsburgh Steelers for All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.

The Bills also sent linebacker Corey Nelson to the Steelers in the deal.

The trade reunites Brown with former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who is now the Bills’ offensive coordinator.

Brown, who turns 31 later this month, has been one of the NFL’s most productive receivers over the past six seasons, averaging over 101 catches and 1,524 yards per season.

He is a four-time Pro Bowler and was named a First-Team All-Pro in 2014 and 2015.

Odell Beckham Jr. is traded to the Browns

On Tuesday, the New York Giants agreed to trade superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, a third-round pick, and safety Jabrill Peppers. The Browns also agreed to sign Beckham to a five-year, $90 million contract extension that includes $65 million in guaranteed money.

The trade immediately makes the Browns one of the most talented and intriguing teams in the NFL. Beckham joins a receiving corps that includes fellow Pro Bowlers Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon. He will also be catching passes from second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield, who set an NFL rookie record with 27 touchdown passes last season.

The Browns are now viewed as a legitimate threat to win the AFC North division and make a run at the Super Bowl. It will be interesting to see how they fare in 2019.

Le’Veon Bell signs with the Jets

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has officially signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets. The deal includes $35 million guaranteed and a $15 million signing bonus, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after failing to come to an agreement on a long-term contract with the Steelers. He was franchise tagged for the second consecutive year, but chose not to sign his one-year tender worth $14.5 million.

The 27-year-old is a three-time Pro Bowler and was named a First Team All-Pro in 2014. In 2017, he rushed for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns while also catching 85 passes for 655 yards and two touchdowns.

Khalil Mack is traded to the Bears

On Saturday, the Oakland Raiders traded linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears in a blockbuster deal. Mack was the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year and is considered one of the best defensive players in the NFL. The trade sent shockwaves through the league, and many people are still trying to figure out what it means for both teams involved.

The Bears gave up a lot to get Mack, including two first-round draft picks. They also agreed to pay him $141 million over six years, which makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. For the Raiders, they obviously didn’t feel like they could pay Mack what he was worth, so they made a tough decision and traded him away.

It’s still early, but right now it looks like both teams made out well in the deal. The Bears have a potential game-changer on their defense, while the Raiders have two first-round picks that they can use to rebuild their team. Only time will tell if this trade ends up being a good or bad one for either team, but it’s definitely one that we’ll be talking about for years to come.

Aaron Rodgers is traded to the Packers

In a stunning turn of events, Aaron Rodgers has been traded to the Green Bay Packers. The Packers were reportedly not interested in trading Rodgers, but the offer from the San Francisco 49ers was too good to pass up. The 49ers will receive a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, as well as a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

This trade means that the Packers now have two first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, as they also own the 12th overall pick. The 49ers will likely use their newly acquired picks to draft a quarterback of the future, as they are currently without a long-term answer at the position.

This trade has major implications for both teams, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out in the long run.

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