Raiders Set to Make Trent Brown the NFL's Highest Paid Left Tackle

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Raiders Set to Make Trent Brown the NFL’s Highest Paid Left Tackle

Chicago Bears

One day after securing an agreement to trade for wide receiver Antonio Brown, the Raiders continue to add ammo to their offense:

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports free agent left tackle Trent Brown is set to sign a contract that will make him the highest-paid offensive lineman in league history on an average annual value basis.

Schefter also reports that the deal will be for four years, worth up to $66 million, and will include $36.75 million in guarantees. By netting a deal that will pay him $16.5 million per year, Brown surpasses Taylor Lewan of the Titans ($16 million) and former teammate Nate Solder ($15.5 million) who signed with the Giants last spring.

This signing moves 2018 first-round pick Kolton Miller to the right side of the line of scrimmage, where he played at times when he was at UCLA and would appear to bolster the Raiders’ line in front of quarterback Derek Carr. Except … maybe it doesn’t.

For what it’s worth, Bears left tackle Charles Leno Jr. had PFF’s 18th best overall grade among all tackles. Right tackle Bobby Massie checked in with the 29th best grade. If you add it all together, the Bears have both of their starting tackles locked in for $69 million worth of total value in contracts that were signed within the last two years. Nice.

PFF also notes that Brown’s 33 pressures allowed ranked 33rd among 49 qualifying tackles and his pass-blocking grade checked in at 37th. That’s probably not what you wanted to read as a Raiders fan, especially knowing the likes of Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Dee Ford feast on sub-par pass-blocking tackles.

Well, good luck with that in Oakland, London, and (eventually) Las Vegas.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.