Cool, I guess? I mean, I'm not exactly sure how else I am supposed to feel about a premier talent spending the end of his illustrious career in the beginning stages of a rebuild for a franchise who lasted all of one year before falling into the old habit of making a huge splash for no other reason than to remind everyone they are still in the pool.
I suppose a half-hearted and entirely disingenuous congratulations are in order for a player who, by way of stomping his feet and making a scene like a kid going through a Skittles withdrawal in the candy aisle, got himself a new contract that he did more than enough to earn. Especially since he managed to shove a 21 million dollar anchor up the ass of the team that he, rightfully or wrongfully, felt disrespected by on his way out the door. There's most certainly something to be said about Antonio Brown managing to shift the NFL's power dynamic simply by acting in a form and fashion that would make the 'Real Housewives' reevaluate their reputation. Unfortunately, that something is almost guaranteed not to be brought up during the broadcast of relevant, meaningful games since the Raiders won't be participating in those during his tenure.
If you viewed each trade as mutually exclusive then you couldn't argue with the return Oak Vegas got for Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, nor could you argue with what they gave up for Antonio Brown. However, if those decisions were all thrown in a basket and you had to conjure up the prerogative of the team that made them you'd have a harder time cooking up something reasonable than the first person to get axed on 'Chopped'. Never mind Jon Gruden being the most old-school of coaches and having to maintain an absolute monster of a millennial, because paying top dollar to a 31 year old, temperamental wideout when you're not in a position to compete makes about as much sense as...well...the Raiders carrying on the organizational aesthetics of Al Davis post-mortem.
Even if Antonio Brown weren't a walking, talking, and ticking time bomb, he would still be an odd fit on a rebuilding roster that's supposed to be getting younger. Therefore, it'll be interesting to see if his newly guaranteed money is enough to keeping him smiling when Derek Carr only proves better than Ben Roethlisberger in personality and Jon Gruden isn't as quick as Mike Tomlin to play the role of preoccupied babysitter while the house is being set on fire.