Jerry Rice: Antonio Brown “really badly” wants to play for 49ers

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Antonio Brown may never reach Jerry Rice’s level of accomplishments.

But according to Rice, he wants to wear the same uniform.

During an interview on 95.7 The Game, the league’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns said he spoke to Brown via FaceTime on Sunday, so he trusts his source.

He wants to come here really badly,” Rice said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

That’s something Rice would like to see as well, if the Steelers want to ship Brown to the West Coast. He thinks as much for the obvious football benefit as much as the signal it would send to a fan base.

“This guy, man, he’s a totally, complete team player,” Rice said (though Ben Roethlisberger might disagree). “I don’t know what happened in Pittsburgh but I know that this guy, if he comes here to San Francisco, he’s going to do everything possible to help this team to win. . . .

“If it was left up to me, he’d be here in a heartbeat. It sends a message to the fans, that, ‘Hey, look, we’re not looking down the road to win. We’re looking to win right now.’ And he’s that type of player — big playmaker that can make those big plays and really put a lot of fans in the stands.”

The 30-year-old Brown is still producing at a high level, leading the league in touchdowns this year. But his act has worn thin on enough people that Steelers president Art Rooney II said it would be “hard to envision” he would stay there in 2019.

The 49ers have approximately $70 million in cap room, but that’s not a big deal since Brown is signed at reasonable rates for the next three years.

Compensating the Steelers would be another matter. The 49ers have just five draft picks, including the No. 2 and 36 overall picks.

86 responses to “Jerry Rice: Antonio Brown “really badly” wants to play for 49ers

  1. The last thing the young and upcoming 49ers players need is a proven locker room cancer that would totally throw off what Shanahan is trying to build there. San Francisco is trying to build a long-term winner. Trading valuable assets for an aging prima donna is the last thing they should do. Lynch knows better.

  2. However, evidence as current as week 17 suggests AB is not a team player & does not do everything possible to help his team win.

  3. “He’s a totally complete team player.”

    Do complete team players go into hiding when facing what is essentially a playoff game? Great player or not, Antonio is the antithesis of team player.

  4. When the GOAT speaks, it is important to listen

    ——————————–
    Moss is the GOAT just didn’t play with the same QB talent as Rice

  5. “I don’t know what happened in Pittsburgh but I know that this guy, if he comes here to San Francisco, he’s going to do everything possible to help this team to win. . . .”

    Ummmm….does somebody want to fill Jerry in?

  6. “The 49ers have just five draft picks, including the No. 2 and 36 overall picks.”
    ___________

    No worry, we’ll take both of those and maybe throw you a mid-rounder back. Sure fire HoF’er still at the top of his game under reasonable salaries for 3 years has to draw back significant compensation, especially if it’s in the form of unknowns such as draft picks.

  7. PhD says:
    When the GOAT speaks, it is important to listen.

    If only Alshon had listened to the Goat…. Stickum works.

  8. Mr. Rice probably should have chosen his words a bit more carefully. Say the old “any team would love to have the guy”

  9. Meh. I think Bell and Brown have both made it tough for teams and fans to want them. Great players, but obvious distractions – the question becomes, are they worth it?

    And while AB may very well be under contract for the next 3 years at reasonable rates, I bet he’ll want a new contract to go along with his new team. He and Bell will both probably want around $20 million per.

  10. 49ers wished they still played in San Francisco too. Santa Clara is just an overpriced traffic jam.

  11. Why do people think teams are going to give up anything for a 30 year-old locker room cancer on a huge contract? If the Steelers can find another team just willing to take on that contract they’ll be doing well.

  12. Jerry, being how “you don’t know what happened” let us fill you in. Brown has had numerous in game blow-ups, including being on social media while his coach is speaking, he bailed on his team when they needed a win to go to the playoffs and has been a me-first side show for years. You should know Jerry, you played with the same type of player s couple times and publicly critized them (T.Owens and Dion Sanders)

  13. AB has done a whole lot more in the league than Garoppolo and I’m sure he will remind Jimmy often. So no potential problems with him in SF.

  14. “The 30-year-old Brown is still producing at a high level, leading the league in touchdowns this year.”

    He also quit on his team and therefore can’t be trusted. Trust is a foundation of any relationship, so any team that gives a damn about their locker room shouldn’t even consider him.

  15. “This guy, man, he’s a totally, complete team player,”

    Says no one but Rice. Brown is undeniably a great player with the mentality of a selfish child in a man’s body

  16. how is jerry rice the GOAT? he had montana, young and then gannon who was hot for his time there and also had #2 wr’s in taylor, owens and tim brown…moss was by himself his whole career and had nowhere near the qb talent rice had except for when he was w/ TB and we know how that played out…

  17. Tim W, you’re happily advocating San Francisco trading the No. 2 pick in the draft for this whiny, tantrum-throwing little brat???

    Who is your favorite team, the Cards, Rams or Seahawks?

  18. kenmasters34 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:24 pm
    PhD says:
    When the GOAT speaks, it is important to listen.

    If only Alshon had listened to the Goat…. Stickum works.

    ———
    If only Alshon would have used Jerry’s stickem

  19. I think any locker room would welcome AB with open arms. I know guys who haven’t played the game will harp on how they feel he’s a cancer without any context on what happened in that situation, but you just don’t get a shot at Antonio Brown’s everyday. Who cares about the other stuff, let’s win.

  20. motorcitydiddy says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    However, evidence as current as week 17 suggests AB is not a team player & does not do everything possible to help his team win.
    ——————————————————-

    You realize AB showed up to play and was rendered inactive by Tomlin right? Regardless of whatever diva stuff he did that – he showed up for the game and wasn’t permitted to play.

  21. exinsidetrader says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Starting to wonder if the NFL would be better without wide receivers.
    ———–
    it does seem like that wide receivers own the diva label in the NFL.

  22. To tell you the truth Jerry, AB is not “totally a team player.” To the contrary, Brown quit on his team and did not play in a game with playoff implications on the line. Hard to conceive of less of a team player than that.

  23. Nothing like former players getting involved in promoting free agent signings to put pressure on the team to make the deal.

    This is good for the Steelers as it could drive up the compensation the 9’ers would have to give for AB’s services

  24. areyouseriousrofl said: “You realize AB showed up to play and was rendered inactive by Tomlin right? Regardless of whatever diva stuff he did that – he showed up for the game and wasn’t permitted to play.”

    That’s not the whole story at all. Go back and check your facts on what transpired.

  25. At what point do we start talking about tampering?
    Kittle, a team employee has already been reaching out to Brown via twitter to recruit him. Rice, a former player is obviously openly discussing with him going to the 49ers. He is still under contract with the Steelers.
    The league needs to step in immediately.

  26. eazeback says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm
    When the GOAT speaks, it is important to listen

    ——————————–
    Moss is the GOAT just didn’t play with the same QB talent as Rice
    ————————
    So you are saying Montana is better than Brady?

  27. My niners better not sign that selfish cancerous circus clown diva. I’d rather lose every game than win any games with that psychotic selfish narcissistic wierdo brown. The niners are a classy organization. We don’t need terrell owens 2.0

  28. The 49ers would never trade him for pick no. 2, but they could:
    – Trade the 49ers no. 2 for Pits no. 20, 52 and AB
    OR – Trade the 49ers No. 36 straight up

    How fun it is to play GM….

  29. eazeback says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm
    When the GOAT speaks, it is important to listen

    ——————————–
    Moss is the GOAT just didn’t play with the same QB talent as Rice

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    So wrong on so many levels. But ok.

  30. But of course what Brown did not tell Rice is that he also wants a new contract in addition to the 2019 @ 12.625mm, 2020 @ 11.5mm and 2021 @ 12.5mm Brown also wants another signing bonus of $19.8mm

  31. A smart gm builds through the draft. They don’t ruin their team by signing a circus selfish diva that quit on his team and isn’t wanted by his team for his immature and childish behavior that destroys locker rooms and he’s a quitter and jelous of teammates getting praised for their hard work. I hope steelers cut him and nobody signs him. Good riddance. The nfl is better off without these clowns.

  32. youngnoizecom says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:49 pm
    I think any locker room would welcome AB with open arms. I know guys who haven’t played the game will harp on how they feel he’s a cancer without any context on what happened in that situation, but you just don’t get a shot at Antonio Brown’s everyday. Who cares about the other stuff, let’s win.

    This isn’t baseball

  33. He can put a lot of fans in the stands and a lot of coaches in therapy. Does any team really want the giant headache that is Antonio Brown? It’s a two-sided coin. One side is extremely gifted and the other is a giant pain in the butt.

  34. Of course he’d like to go to the niners. He saw how much they desperately overpaid Jimmy G and now he wants some of that action.

  35. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 3:31 pm
    A smart gm builds through the draft. They don’t ruin their team by signing a circus selfish diva that quit on his team
    ——–
    You mean like your boy patrick Willis? Didn’t you guys also have a lineman that quit on you too? Yea your team signs nothing but guys that don’t quit on your team.

  36. Pretty sure the Steelers FO could care less that AB claims to want to play for the 49ers but after all his showboating on social media,team disruption and losing a step this season(hence the majority of interceptions while he was targeted) if the Niners want to take a chance on him and his baggage i hope it happens for them

  37. So much hate for Antonio Brown…

    He isn’t asking for money and he’s keeping quiet on social media (for once). He also is one of the hardest working guys on the team.

    The Steelers organization shares some blame here. Their drafting skills exceed their abaility to manage those players later. Think James Harrison, Blount, Bell. They all wanted out. Something isn’t right in Pittsburgh. Until I hear AB’s side of the story, I’m withholding judgment.

  38. Great player but he has marginal trade value. He’s worth a first but is likely to command a 3rd round pick in redturn.

  39. If I were the Steelers’ FO, I would trade him to Buffalo – futility personified

    A perfect punishment for a perfect little girl…..

  40. Jerry Rice wants AB on the 49ers but what makes him think Brown won’t continue to be disruptive if he’s traded there? the Steelers are ready,willing,and able to part ways with 1 of the best WR’s in the league the red flags are waving like crazy!

  41. If Brown does not get quality balls thrown his way the 49’rs will suffer. Jury is way out in their WB situation.

  42. Just my opinion.. Jerry the GOAT or Moss the GOAT. I’d take Moss in his prime over Jerry but imo I’d take Larry Fitz over either. Thumbs down is fine but Fitz has had one decent QB and only for a couple years. Sure he had Boldin but he put up 100 receptions with no help from QB, coach or another WR AND with Johnson on IR for 15 weeks..my vote is Fitz.

  43. 30 yr old, self-centered, locker room cancer. 49ers should pass they are building a good thing with the youth. Brown is at the age where he starts missing games during the season with injuries.

  44. Nobody is giving up a first round pick for Brown, NOBODY!!!

    His best bet to continue his career right now would be to tuck his tail between his legs and go back to Pittsburgh, apologise and get on with his career but I dont think he is man enough to do it.

    Sure he will get traded if that is what he and the Steelers deem is best but A) he will not pick where that is and B) The Steelers are not trading him to a decent team where he could be a threat to them in the future Finally C) The 49ers thankfully for them and their fans are not in charge of the team, he is not going there Lynch is not that desperate or stupid they are rebuilding nicely you dont add a 30 year old WR with an attitude to that.

  45. He should end up with the Cincy Bungles. He’ll find out how badly he had it in Pittsburgh. NOT!

  46. Does he want to be on the 49ers, or does he want to PLAY for the 49ers? For Antonio Brown, those are sometimes two different things.

  47. It doesn’t matter where you want to play, you are still a Steeler. You have damaged all credibility for yourself by acting like a fool. Brown claims he wants to win so if this is true is San Fran really the place to be? I have no dog in this fight but I hate when players do stuff like this but expect to be compensated. The truth of the matter is you quit on your team. You can’t go back to Pittsburgh cause you will have players ready to get in your face when you walk back into the locker room. You got two choices man up and face your brothers or turn tail and run to another home. You are about to give the members of the over 30 club a bad name. We are mercenaries not adversaries. Be a man and handle your business, we know what you can do on the field when you want to do it.

    PS the lockout is coming in 2020. You heard it from me first. Xnflplaya has been there and done that.

  48. You mean like your boy patrick Willis? Didn’t you guys also have a lineman that quit on you too? Yea your team signs nothing but guys that don’t quit on your team.
    ========

    I think most people with an IQ above 50 can distinguish between a guy who retires *after the season* to preserve his health and a guy who throws tantrums *during the season* because he wants more attention on himself. They are not the same thing. Not even close.

  49. Tampering? These owners have taken so much money from cities and fans that they are able to pay these guys too much money. In the 80’s I was all for players getting as much as they can.Not anymore I think both owners and players are greedy. Now they are getting $100 million dollar contracts. In MLB they are now talking about $300 million dollars. And then these owners wonder why these pampered players act the way they do.

  50. Any player who leaves the Steelers is moving up. Doesn’t matter how the team did in 2018 because Steelers are headed straight for the AFCN basement. Steelers are a disgrace and their fans are the lowest. They’ll choke you if you’re pregnant. Horrible!

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