Will 49ers make a play for Antonio Brown?

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49ers players are flirting openly with Antonio Brown. One of the best players in franchise (and league) history has said that Brown wants to play for the 49ers.

So what does 49ers’ management want?

There’s a belief in league circles that the 49ers have real interest in Brown. With Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. apparently not available this year (he was kind of possibly maybe available in March 2018), the 49ers will be inclined to explore whether they can get Brown.

The contract remains a desirable one, at just under $39 million over the next three years, assuming Brown doesn’t want to go back to the trough after making $33 million over the past two years. And the 49ers seem to be desperate to load up the cannon and compete with the Rams and Seahawks.

With a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerick McKinnon and an emerging star in George Kittle, the 49ers could become immediate contenders if they have Brown on board. Of course, he’d have to be fully and truly on board, committed to avoiding whatever behaviors created problems for him in Pittsburgh, whether real, imagined, or some combination of the two.

Of course, the 49ers may have competition for Brown’s services. The Steelers surely hope that’s the case, since holding an auction for Brown will be the best way for the Steelers to get the most for his contract.

74 responses to “Will 49ers make a play for Antonio Brown?

  1. Jimmy G is Sam Bradford 2.0 w/ out the arm talent. In 10 career starts Jimmy G has 3 different injuries 2 of them serious injuries. McKinnon is nothing special , he’s not a David Johnson or Todd Gurley type talent. Outside of Kittle, who is an absolutely amazing talent, that Roster is pretty bare offensively.

  2. We should and he should. This train is heading for Six next year with GOATrapplo leading the way. #GoNiners #youalreadyknow

  3. Who cares about Jerick McKinnon?! You should have mentioned the real emerging star, Dante Pettis. That kid showed real flashes, along with Keke Coutee on the Texans. They’re going to be future stars.

  4. I don’t think it will be the 9ers making a deal with the Steelers, not enough picks this year. Steelers fan!

  5. Way better off drafting a young guy who is playing his butt off for a big contract than an old guy who already got paid and thinks he is bigger than the team.

  6. No single player can secure a championship. It takes synergy between talented people at multiple positions. Pay too much for one player and you can’t fill other positions. Allow one player to draw too much negative attention, and you destroy the team chemistry. Everyone has to be focused on a common goal. Brown’s detrimental behaviors aren’t imagined. It’s not he said/they said. I was watching when he posted the locker-room video on Facebook (and immediately unfollowed him). I was watching when he repeatedly engaged in idiotic post-TD dances that drew 15-yard penalties. I was watching when he was pulled from a game for wearing unauthorized cleats. I was watching when he threw a cooler on the sidelines. I don’t even care why he didn’t play in the last game. Enough already. If the 49ers really want that on their team, oh please make it happen.

  7. It would be cool to see them get him….. agree aboutMcKinnon…. nothing special but that Breda guy is a stud…..

  8. Jimmy G does not have the clout or experience to deal with this petulant man child. Baaaaad move. Draft a receiver and build organically. They are quite stacked on offense already.

  9. The Steelers need to do something right for a change, and make the best possible deal for Antonio Brown.

  10. Man I really hope not. We don’t have any divas. Sherman is past his diva stage and has become a great mentor. We don’t need any “me first” guys. I don’t care how good he is.

  11. I hope the NFL does NOT make a play for Antonio Brown, the league does not need a whiny, self centered selfish child. Play the game, shut up, collect a check it’s pretty simple. Most inteligent people understand that.

  12. More media hyperbole. Does anyone actually think the 49ers are only ONE player away from competing and that one player is a WR? Didn’t the Rams drop 87 points on them in the two games they played this year? So which defensive position is Brown going to play that will makes the games competitive again?

  13. They hired John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan to change the culture. The last thing the 49ers need is Antonio Brown. He’s a totally selfish player. John Lynch is a competitor. There’s nothing competitive about breaking the bank for a former 5th round draft pick. Lynch would rather go out and find his own guys. Where did Kittle come from? I also think the 49ers drafted a great young WR last year, Dante Pettis. He was injured this year. Wait until he gets on the same page with Garoppolo. He’ll be an All Pro. The 49ers just need to add a coupe more defensive studs and they’ll be fine.The 49ers are headed in the right direction. Brown is poison. He comes with a warning label.

  14. Yes! add that fuel to the dumpster fire that is Santa Clara! I’d tune in to watch that mess!

  15. Ab is essentially being rewarded for bad behavior.

    I’d trade him to the worst possible team I could, for the most they could possibly offer.

  16. The problem is that the 49ers cupboard is bare when it comes to draft picks and they desperately need an edge rusher (or two) that can have an immediate impact. Even more than Brown. Plus, if he’s a locker room risk, then that can cause them a lot of hand wringing before and after as well. Foster was a risk as well, though not in the locker room, and we see how that turned out.

  17. That offense is gonna be something to behold simply because Kyle Shanahan is running the show. I can’t imagine what AB can do in it .. assuming he manages to leave his ego in Pittsburgh

  18. It’s gotta feel rad to be so good that you can go anywhere you want despite tampering rules.

  19. Could be an exciting team with Brown, Kittle, Pettis, Breida and McKinnon. I hope we can acquire him.

  20. Ugh, do you really want another diva? Spend it on the recently faltering line instead – or weapons who can also block well (which Brown don’t/can’t) – protecting JimmyG should be top priority.

  21. 49ers need to play this slow…. I’d imagine 75% of the teams don’t want anything to do w Clown, so don’t get in a bidding war with yourself

  22. This might actually work for the Niners if they can somehow keep Brown from being a knucklehead. News flash–that isn’t going to happen. Brown is just like Ocho Stupido and T.O. He’s never going to change. He’s a great player but he sure has turned into a prima donna with the help of Mike Tomlin. I don’t care how good he is, I wouldn’t want him on my team. I’d take Jerry Rice or Marvin Harrison any day over AB.

  23. I completely agree with hawkkiller despite all the thumbs down. Maybe it isn’t the injuries, but rather than anoint a guy who has never started a full season, might want to consider his overall stats have been regressing since 2016 – completion percentage and QBR to be specific (can’t count yards since he was injured) and his TD:INT ratio is hardly elite (5/3 and 7/5 last 2 years). So whether AB goes or not (and he should) I hardly think it suddenly becomes a lock for a contender.

  24. Blah blah blah. They were never that good to begin with. The talk of McKinnon being a stud is a complete joke. If he was they never would have signed Murray and drafted Cook. For as great as the 49ers were with Jimmy, aka an aberration, they sucked in the red zone. The continuated strive for mediocrity will continue.

  25. The 49rs have to decide whether their QB can deliver the balls Brown needs to be satisfied. If they are not confident their guy can drop fifteen or so quality balls his way per game … Better off not hiring him.

  26. Antonio Brown is untradeable…his cap hit is $22 mil this coming year…and $18 mil the year after…why else are the Steelers trying to restructure Big Ben’s contract…?

    Antonio’s contract is like having a second starting QB on the roster…you think the 49ers or anyone can afford to field a competitive roster with 2 players taking up more than $40 million in cap hits…? And having to give up major draft capital to boot…?

    One Hunnert Percent Guaranteed Brown is a Steeler next year…and it will implode Bigly for Pittsburgh!!!

  27. Antonio Brown will be with Team ________ for a 2nd round pick, book it, a first round is too much because of his age. However who ever pulls the trigger is getting the best receiver in the NFL.

  28. Steelers need to worry. You had the big ben and oc crap last year…then you had the leveon drama with the oline talking mess…next is the ab situation… And finally (and to me the most telling) you have a coach leave to go to another team. Now if he had left for a higher position that would be normal but he didnt. It was a latarel move and that tells me the steelers are a wreck behind the scenes. The HC has been good…not great…but good. If he wants to continue on though he needs to stop trying to be the players peer and take charge and be heir leader like a HC should be

  29. Hawk killer is way off base! Garoppolo didn’t really have a chance to get going. With the massive rebuild, it takes time for players to build chemistry with each other especially on the O line. That’s why the term mid season form exists. If Breida & McKinnon are splitting time they will probably stay healthy. McKinnon was more explosive than Breida, but Breida breaks more tackles. Add a truly dynamic receiver like Brown, who sees Shanny’s O as his best chance to pad his stats, & his selfish desire to be remembered as one of the best will result in him excelling. He can’t complain if he’s getting his numbers. Now all we have to do is get a ball hawking DB & and an edge rusher & we’ll improve drastically!

  30. I’d like to see Arizona make a play for Antonio Brown if they could get him for the 33rd overall pick, giving Josh Rosen an elite dynamic weapon in the passing game joining Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and David Johnson who will be used as a big part of the passing game again in Kingsbury’s offense. Arizona likely drafts atleast 1 more WR and signs 1-2 more in F/A if they made the play for Brown.

  31. The greatness of football is connected to it being a team sport where each player makes individual sacrifices on a play for the success of the whole.

    These type of “me me me” players not only hurt their teams, but the entire love of fans for the game. Cut him loose and don’t look back.

  32. steelcurtainn says:
    January 16, 2019 at 12:28 am

    The Steelers are imploding
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    People say the same thing every year. Too funny!
    —————————————————————————————And those people were correct. When a team loaded with talent fails to even make the playoffs because of poor coaching, infighting and drama than it did implode.

  33. Lynch doesn’t want or need a player like AB84. Let alone give up draft picks for him. The 9ers want to build thru the draft and sprinkle in some Vetsto help and guide the Young bucks. They don’t want a player to sit out the most important game of the year, after he was supposed to go get a MRI (he never went) and just go A.W.O.L. Then pout like a little baby when another WR is voted Team MVP over him. San Fran doesn’t need To be. T.Owens 2.0

  34. When a team loaded with talent fails to even make the playoffs because of poor coaching, infighting and drama than it did implode.
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    Disagree, a team doesn’t implode when they miss the playoffs one year by only 1/2 of a game. I do agree there are a some coaching issues that need to be corrected but the Steelers are in contention every year and have a winning record under Big Ben every year he’s been there. They had issues all year with Leveon Bell and didn’t implode? There’s only one team winning a championship.

  35. Love all the morons above that think the Steelers are going to get anything more than a 3rd round pick for AB. Brown holds ALL the leverage and will be the one deciding where he gets traded to. Comments like “I hope they trade him to the Jags while fleecing them for all they have” are just dumb. AB would never allow that, and the entire league knows the Steelers have to move him so the compensation will not be premium. Again, they will be lucky to get more than a 3rd.

  36. Best of luck whoever goes after him. He’s nearing the point of decline and his selfishness is now making headlines more than his play. He won’t be getting younger nor less self-involved.

  37. It is comical to me that AB for some reason thinks he has a choice on where he goes (if he even goes anywhere). He goes to whatever team the Steelers trade him to whether he likes it or not. It should be pretty entertaining to see how he acts if he goes somewhere he doesn’t like. If you think this is a show right now, just wait and see what he does if he goes to a bad offense in a small market where he won’t be fed constant attention.

  38. wininer says:
    January 16, 2019 at 9:38 am
    Love all the morons above that think the Steelers are going to get anything more than a 3rd round pick for AB. Brown holds ALL the leverage and will be the one deciding where he gets traded to. Comments like “I hope they trade him to the Jags while fleecing them for all they have” are just dumb. AB would never allow that, and the entire league knows the Steelers have to move him so the compensation will not be premium. Again, they will be lucky to get more than a 3rd.
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    AB is under contract and has no choice on where he goes.

  39. Say the 49ers make a great offer, get AB and then he cries and pouts because the offense is not built around his giant ego. Then what?

  40. steelcurtainn
    Jan 16, 2019, 12:31 AM EST:
    Steelers will take the 49ers number 2 pick at the very least to get AB or its no deal. Throw in a defensive player too.
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    No team will EVER trade the number two overall selection for ANY non-quarterback above the age of 30. It just doesn’t make any sense. Your best haul for Brown is gonna be like a 2nd and a 5th for AB and a 4th.

  41. The Lions should give Stafford more weapons and go after Brown, if Stafford had more weapons…what? He had Calvin Johnson and never won a playoff game? Never mind.

  42. why any team would sign a player who abandoned ship when his team needed him most is beyond me. ticket sales would be the only reason I could think of and 49ers are already well supported.

  43. the only team AB can add true value to is a fantasy football team. then again, he may decide he doesn’t feel like playing come championship game time

  44. 49ers only have 5 draft picks but could trade out of number 2 to re-coup. I wonder if that early 2nd rd pick with another mid-round sweetener would get it done?

  45. Your best haul for Brown is gonna be like a 2nd and a 5th for AB and a 4th.
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    No Way would I give up Brown for a 2nd and 5th. AB’s an all pro receiver still putting up good numbers and best in the business. Might was well keep him on the team.

  46. Brown should go with whoever will take him. But he has a lot of explaining to do. Someone lied to the NFL, the fans, and the gambling public about an injury that didn’t exist. Going to be a lot of investigating going on as soon as the SB is over. Steelers will be run through the wringer and it won’t be pretty.

  47. steelcurtainn says:
    January 16, 2019 at 12:04 pm
    Your best haul for Brown is gonna be like a 2nd and a 5th for AB and a 4th.
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    No Way would I give up Brown for a 2nd and 5th. AB’s an all pro receiver still putting up good numbers and best in the business. Might was well keep him on the team.

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    The Steelers will need to give a team a draft pick just to take Brown and his salary off their books

  48. You must be kidding? It doesn’t have anything to do with the 49ers fitting him under the salary cap. Pittsburgh hates him so much that they’d be willing to take a 12.4 million dead cap for him in 2019 and another 11.6 million dead cap for him in 2020 (after 6/1)? It’s even more ridiculous if the Steelers do something before 3/17 21.1 million dead cap for 2019 or 3/17-6/1 23.620 million dead cap for 2019.

    source SPOTRAC

  49. Not sure the 49ers or any team should be making a play for AB84 right now, it seems like the Steelers FO is willing to part ways with him but the more he bad mouths them they might just make him honor the contract he signed and either play or sit out which will hurt AB more having to watch JuJu and the other offensive weapons take the limelight away from the diva

  50. Watching Trent Brown (who used to play tackle for the 49ers) play LT for New England, I still don’t understand why they got rid of him for so little in return. Brown was dominant on rushing plays and he was good on passing plays protecting the quarterback. If someone like Trent Brown supposedly had attitude problems, then they would have difficulty dealing with Antonio Brown.

  51. We don’t need this schmuck in red and gold. Locker room cancer. It’s all about him and his stats. This isn’t a one off incident. Go and listen to Peter King’s podcast with Adidi Kinnkwalla (sp). She sets out a list of incidents that the Steelers have covered up. Go and do your homework. This guy deserves to be out of the league. Guys a clown

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