Colbert’s comments mean 28 teams have shown no interest in Antonio Brown

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The leading receiver in the NFL over the last five seasons is available in a trade, and 28 teams have shown no interest at all.

That’s the flip side of Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert’s recent comments: Colbert said three teams have reached out to express interest in a trade for wide receiver Antonio Brown. Meaning 28 teams have not reached out.

Brown has 576 catches over the last five seasons, by far the most of any wide receiver in the NFL. What does it say about Brown that Steelers owner Art Rooney II declared on January 10 that the Steelers were like to trade Brown, and as of February 22 only three teams had even bothered to pick up the phone and call the Steelers to ask what it would cost to acquire him?

It says that teams think Brown is a problem in the locker room. It says that teams think Brown, who will turn 31 in July, isn’t going to be the same kind of player in his 30s he was in his 20s. It says that teams think Brown isn’t worth the $12.625 million base salary and $2.5 million roster bonus they’d have to pay if they traded for him.

Trades can’t become official until March 13, so there’s still time. And the Steelers could, if they’re willing to pay Brown his $2.5 million roster bonus, keep him around all offseason and trade him closer to the start of the season. Maybe some team will still decide to make a big offer. But it’s telling that 28 teams haven’t made any offer at all. Last year, the trade that sent Alex Smith from Kansas City to Washington was agreed to and publicly reported on January 30. When a team really wants a player who’s available in the trade market, that team will move quickly to get him. Teams aren’t moving quickly for Brown.

85 responses to “Colbert’s comments mean 28 teams have shown no interest in Antonio Brown

  1. Quit on his team, is over 30, gets paid $13MIL/year and thinks it is not enough, and actually gave himself the nickname “Mr. Big Chest.” I wouldn’t trade a 7th for that.

  2. Who wants a it’s all about me diva wide out. How many teams have won a SB with those kind a guy’s. If you’re looking to entertain your fans, go get him. If you’re playing for a Lombardi steer clear.

  3. Too bad they won’t trade him to the Patriots. Belichick is probably the only person who could straighten Brown out.

  4. It would be my hope, that he forever, remains unsigned. From my view point, men being paid millions of dollars to play a game should be role models for the youth of personality traits that have a hope of having a successful career. Attitude and respect for the organization. Work Érica, good character, self discipline and passable grammar. Less than one percent ever see a snap as a professional athlete. These bizarre behaviors will not ever have a place in the world the rest of us live. Hope pro teams begin to see the NFL is better without these misfits that were blessed with athletic ability. And that ability is fleeting.

  5. Assumes that “3” number is accurate and not a snow job to instigate a single team into bidding against itself.

    Also, 3 teams calling to ask isn’t the same as 3 interested. I’ve asked the price on many things I had zero intention of buying but was curious…

  6. Oh and look at his TD’s over the last couple of years compared to other WRs.

    Right now, I’d take Davante Adams over AB without question.

  7. Well they said that nobody in the division nor the patriots so that accounts for 4 more teams

  8. That’s not really what that means. I’m sure the Patriots have interest in Brown but also understand the Steelers would not trade him to them.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if the Ravens, Bengals, and Browns felt the same way.

  9. Let’s see… AB clowned his head coach in the locker room. He quit on his team because teammates chose another receiver for MVP. He routinely pouts when the ball doesn’t come his way. He would rather have 8 catches, 120 yards, and 2 tds in a loss than 2 catches for 25 yards in a win. For him, it’s all personal glory. There’s no “AB” in “team.”

  10. Correct me if I am wrong… but isn’t Terrell Owens his mentor now? Is it just me or does this scene look vaguely familiar? I don’t think I’m going out on too much of a limb to think AB is listening to the wrong people(person) Just my opinion.

  11. Brown is a fool – in his lust to burn the Steelers he’s also made himself radioactive. Teams will put up with diva behavior, advancing age, or a huge salary but not all three at one time.

  12. Letting the Steelers think about value.

    North of 30 wants a new deal value for him is limited in the NFL now.

    Two years ago could have been a good pick now mid to late round picks.

  13. It says teams know that AB will never play for the Steelers again and they are just going to wait it out. Either Pittsburgh cuts him or lowers their asking price significantly.

    Guaranteed one of the 3 teams is the duo of Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen. The only ones who couldn’t see that Smith was done in KC and Mahomes was taking over so they traded for a player who would have eventually get released.

  14. Paying $13M a year to treat yourself to a locker-room problem is NOT a good idea. Better to leave that locker empty.

  15. Or…. It’s just too early to make a move with free agency and the Combine yet to begin.

    Someone will trade a substantial pick for AB.

    Bookmark this comment for future reference.

  16. Here’s hoping NO TEAM wants Brown and Rooney has the guts to suspend him for conduct detrimental to the team. Write off the loss Mr. Rooney and teach this self-entitled, greedy headcase a lesson.

  17. Or there is only 1 team interested and Colbert is saying there are two more to drive up his trade value….

  18. It is early. Teams may wait closer to the draft or after free agency or are secretly engaging in talks with his agent about his contract. There are a number of teams he can help, but at a very high cost. It would have to be a team that is close and can keep their roster for a couple of years. Dallas could team him up with Cooper, Prescott and Elliot for a run at the title. He is a diva, but he plays hard and with passion. He isn’t afraid to block either. He hasn’t changed since before going to college except for becoming one of the greatest receivers of his era. I am not a huge fan of him, but he still has a few outstanding years in him, if he can avoid suspensions.

    Michael Irvin was considered a diva and he has three rings. Jerry Rice has three rings and one Super Bowl MVP. All the truly great WR have some diva in them, their ego and confidence are part of what makes them great.

  19. It reminds me of a banner that was displayed above the blackboard in my high school science class that read: “90% attitude, 10% ability.”

    There is no doubt that Antonio Brown has loads of talent, but his attitude is the problem. His tweets and public comments simply make things worse, as they are full of evidence that he has attitude problems. No team wants a disruptive player, no matter how talented he may be.

  20. Andrew Teal says:
    February 23, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Oh and look at his TD’s over the last couple of years compared to other WRs.

    Top 5 in td receptions in the last 5 seasons? I’d take that…

    If the stealers would trade him to NE I’d take him in a heart beat… always get a good season or two before the diva starts to rise again. Im sure AB has talked to Harrison, and would walk into NE knowing…

    but we all know the stealers would never trade AB to the Pats

  21. All it takes is one foolish team. The Redskins are the perfect example. Last season they grossly overpaid for Alex Smith. Bruce Allen got reamed by Andy Reid, and then Allen added to the stupidity by giving Smith and exorbitent new deal. Now the Redskins have no QB and a huge cap hit they have to swallow.

  22. Colbert’s comments mean 28 teams have shown no interest in Antonio Brown
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    No. It means AT LEAST 28 teams have shown no interest. Maybe there is only one team and Colbert is trying to get them to up the ante by competing with offers that do not exist. Maybe there are NO teams interested and he floated the statement to try and get some teams to think “OK, maybe there is value there after all” and then make an offer.

    Isn’t this the time of year where we should not believe anything an NFL coach or GM says because they are probably positioning for free agent pick-ups and the draft?

  23. Based on the list of teams excluded, my thoughts on the three that called are the Raiders, Redskins, and Cardinals.

  24. I am reading with some amusement the comments being made:
    “I wouldn’t trade a 7th round pick for him”, “Who wants a diva”?, etc etc.

    I find it amusing because THESE VERY PEOPLE will be desperately searching for a top WR starting in about a month and DEFINITELY after the Draft is completed (and teams missed in a WR they wanted).

  25. “All it takes is one foolish team. The Redskins are the perfect example. Last season they grossly overpaid for Alex Smith”

    ——–

    While Allen and the ‘Skins make a habit of doing things like that, I have to give the benefit of the doubt in Smith’s case for the reason that Smith played pretty well when he was healthy. If he didn’t get hurt, this discussion would certainly be different. And you can’t really foresee an injury like that happening. Now, I will say that the game they played with Cousins is deserving of that scrutiny. Smith’s case, though, is still different than Brown’s, because Smith likely would have been signed by any number of teams, and certainly as a backup if he had accepted that role (unlikely, of course).

    Even though Smith is not the best example in my mind, I think overall you have a point about Allen and the whole “one team is all it takes” argument. That’s true, and we’ve seen it. Sometimes it’s a team that, Redskins style, just has to sign a big name when he’s available. Other times, it’s a Philadelphia Eagles style dream team builder who thinks they just need one more piece. But it’s harder for those things to happen when a player is under contract. Even though there will be the one team who goes out on a limb for a guy like Brown, they’ll give up a lot less when they sense the guy isn’t in demand. They might be dumber than the guys around them, but they’re still smart enough to get him at what they think is a better bargain-say, a fifth round pick instead of a first and third. And guys in league circles talk, in some form or another. Just because they don’t know specifics doesn’t mean they don’t know generally what the feel of the market is for a player.

  26. “All the truly great WR have some diva in them, their ego and confidence are part of what makes them great”

    ———-

    Where do Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson or Steve Largent fit? Heck, A.J. Green is not an all time great, but he’s one of the best in the game currently. Art Monk, Tim Brown, heck, even Marvin Harrison (off field trouble is not always of the diva variety, of course) and Andre Johnson, while they had the occasional comments, weren’t really divas. For some guys, yeah, it helps their edge, but it’s not necessary. The best don’t need any extra edge, anyway. And fine, if they want to use it, then they can go ahead and use it, but that doesn’t mean that their actions aren’t any less selfish or sometimes short-sighted.

  27. People comparing him to T.O…T.O. never once had a problem with the law, and most importantly, never quit on his team!

    I wouldn’t take this guy on my team for league minimum.

  28. I have been a Steeler fan all of my life and my take on his trade value is this: get whatever we can and help pack his stuff to get him out of town. Classic case of addition by subtraction.

  29. A lot of teams are in cap purgatory plus I’m sure the Steelers are looking for an unrealistic compensation for AB. The Colts, Jets and Browns have the largest caps this season, maybe the three, all would want him. Then there’s the culture factor!

  30. I wouldn’t give up AB. He’s been with the Steelers form 9 years and is still one of the best receivers in football. You don’t just give a team a talented player like this for nothing even with all the drama he’s caused the last month. If I’m Colbert, No decent comepensation, No AB and he stays.

  31. not only is he due, $13mm but mr big chest also wants a new deal said bonus guaranteed money. wrong side of 30, an absolute cancer, and then you factor some of the off the field issues, launch items off of balconies on grandparents & grand children, alleged domestic disputes, child custody issues, driving lick a lunatic—-walks and quacks like duck then probably a duck–buyer beware

  32. AB has an ax to grind. This year will be his best year ever. Teams know this. Teams will play cat and mouse with their offers until March 17. The Steelers will get at least a # 1 pick.

  33. It would be funny if the Steelers trade Brown to a bad team like Cardinals and that team trades Brown to Pats next season.

    Btw, if Larry Fitzgerald can be an effective receiver at 36 years then AB can definitely play at a high level well into his 30s, he just needs to stay away from social media.

  34. It’s not even draft day and we are already reporting on the GOING OUT OF BUSINESS STEELERS’ FIRE SALE. Everything must go. They couldn’t win the division. They couldn’t make the playoffs. Now they can’t even keep their best players on the team. First Bell. Now Brown. I sure this year’s draft class are praying they don’t get picked by the Steelers. Who wants to spend their career by playing on Sunday and listening to Little Ben trash you in public on Monday?

  35. Michael Philliphs says:
    February 23, 2019 at 7:52 am
    Too bad they won’t trade him to the Patriots. Belichick is probably the only person who could straighten Brown out.

    —————-

    Don’t want him here in NE. I’d rather roll the dice with OBJ. Younger, more upside and potentially not yet too far gone to rein him in.

  36. This is what has become the NFL poster child’s. Brown has shown what he is concerned with and it is not winning so good luck three teams

  37. Andrew Teal says:
    February 23, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Oh and look at his TD’s over the last couple of years compared to other WRs.
    —-
    Brown has 59 touchdowns over the past 5 years. Just under 12 a season. That’s pretty elite.

  38. Can you imagine how BB would react if he caught Antonio love-streaming from the Pats locker room ?

    Nope I wouldn’t waste a second on what a proven cheater would do as most Steeler fans would agree. Save your what would Bill do stuff for the fanboys Francis. AB hates cheaters.

  39. Only teams with established QBs should be interested. Brown is a immature punk that played in an elite offense and still wasn’t happy, so he won’t handle poor QB play very well.

  40. Yep Terrell Owens II it’s all about me!!!He will end up on the West Coast where he can go off anytime he wants. When you put yourself ahead of the team he’s done for me!!!!

  41. SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 23, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    Can you imagine how BB would react if he caught Antonio love-streaming from the Pats locker room ?

    ——————

    He’d be livestreaming his next event from another team’s home locker room

  42. Means nothing. Could be 3 good offers, 3 teams asking what it would take and laughing at the asking price or Colbert just exaggerating to try to drum up interest. Until we hear what a deal or offer actually contains this is just noise.

  43. Maybe those 28 teams see that Ben and the other players have more to do with Mr. Brown’s success then he does.
    Seen it a lot over the years some one think they are the end all talent only to realize the he was surrounded by a talented team. And he just happen to fit in real nice.

  44. Everyone who believes GM’s always show their poker hands to their opponents, raise your hands. Ok, the ones who raised your hands give me a call. I’m selling bridges.

  45. Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 23, 2019 at 1:17 pm
    Can you imagine how BB would react if he caught Antonio love-streaming from the Pats locker room ?

    Nope I wouldn’t waste a second on what a proven cheater would do as most Steeler fans would agree. Save your what would Bill do stuff for the fanboys Francis. AB hates cheaters.

    ———-

    Then AB must really hate Tomlin after tripping Jacoby Jones on a return play. There has unlikely even been a bigger display of poor sportsmanship in the NFL. The entire organization and city of Pittsburgh must be very ashamed

  46. Why is this surprising? Only 3-4 teams were interested in Peyton Manning. Only a couple teams tried to trade for Joe Montana. The reason is simple. Teams (a) have to have a specific need for a the position, (b) have the money to pay a big contract, (c) not be in rebuild mode, because a 30ish WR doesn’t fit that. Tbh, that 3-4 teams are interested is a good sign for Brown.

  47. Admittedly, I’m no capologist, but looking at AB and OBJ’s contracts side-by-side, they don’t seem vastly different to me. Both have outs in 2021.

    It’s almost like they could swap players, give each team and player a fresh start, and each one would be traded out of division. Steelers would probably need to throw in a mid-round pick to balance out the age/potential disparity, but to me it looks doable. Of course, neither team is likely in the mood to trade one headache for another.

  48. Why would anyone want ‘trouble? He has an attitude that would turn any team off with his behavior.
    There are not many coaches who could deal with ‘his big head’.

  49. Michael Philliphs says:
    February 23, 2019 at 7:52 am
    Too bad they won’t trade him to the Patriots. Belichick is probably the only person who could straighten Brown out.

    ————-

    Belichick doesnt like divas or big salaries so he says that idea has a snowball’s chance in hell.

    Pittsburgh says he is being too optimistic,

  50. Part of me feels like Brown shouldn’t get his way. He has three years left on his contract, a contract that he agreed to. Make him honor that. If he comes back and acts up, causes problems or distractions, suspend him for conduct detrimental. If he sits out, he will have to sit out the remaining three years and not get paid a dime. The other part of me realizes that is just an unrealistic expectation, Especially in today’s NFL.

  51. In real deals you do not just call and kick tires. This is not some Turkish bazaar. If a gm is just fishing to see what the price is, has not done his homework to establish what he can afford to do, he soon gets ignored.

    Three have expressed interest. Probably three more are planning to.

    That would be about the real number that could fit brown onto their roster at this point… From a complete perspective. Jags could use him, but until they square away their qb position they would be crazy to stick their nose in it. Other teams have no cap space. Others, like Atlanta, the Giants or Houston are already set at number one receiver.

    There will five or six real engagements. And then deal or no deal.

  52. Kevin Colbert made it clear that AB will only be traded for high value compensation, so the three teams that responded are likely those teams that can offer high draft picks, other teams are likely just standing aside for now. And it should be pointed out that the NFL combine hasn’t even started, where the Steelers will have a better opportunity to meet with all 32 teams. So to emphasis in simplistic terms that 28 teams haven’t contacted the Steelers, I suppose you could look at it that way and try and make a point that there’s no interest, but that’s really a distorted way of looking at it.

  53. The title of this is very misleading. Yes 32 -4 (including Steelers) = 28. Simple Math.

    However:
    1. Many teams already have 2 very good receivers or at least ones they are satisfied with.

    2. Some teams don’t have enough salary cap room to cover Brown’s salary (and he will want more money than he was making last year.)

    3. Most teams realize they will have to give up at least a 2nd round pick and likely a 1st to get him.

    This makes it sound like all the other teams have no interest in him either because his skills are diminishing or they don’t like his attitude. I agree the later might be a factor in some teams not showing interest. However if you watch the tape from last year, he is still probably the best receiver in the NFL.

    So its either attitude of the 3 reasons I listed. It is not just attitude.

  54. 28 teams don’t have interest, Yeah, OK.. we get it… (13% chance)…

    BUT let’s not forget, AT THE TIME… 31 teams didn’t have interest in Michael Vick when he left prison… go figure, ONE did (3%).

    Turns out it’s not about the odds, Turns out that’s all it takes, ONE.

    …So you’re sayin’ there’s a chance…

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