Schefter says the option becomes fully guaranteed if executed by the team and helps spread out Brown’s cap hit. It’s similar to the option year New England used when it signed CB Darrelle Revis in 2014.
New England signed Brown to a one-year deal worth up to $15 million after the Raiders released the receiver on Saturday.
Brown, 31, is a former sixth-round pick of the Steelers back in 2010. He was in the third year of his five-year, $72.71 million contract when the Steelers traded him to the Raiders back in March.
The Raiders later signed Brown to a new contract worth $50.125 million and includes $30.125 million guaranteed. However, Oakland made the decision to release Brown on Saturday, making him an unrestricted free agent.
In 2018, Brown appeared in 15 games for the Steelers and caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 26 receiver out of 117 qualifying players.