Steelers hope to ship Antonio Brown to the NFC

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Beggars can’t be choosers. The Steelers will try to be.

With the team recently admitting that only three teams have expressed interest in trading for receiver Antonio Brown even though owner Art Rooney II made it clear that Brown is available six weeks ago, the Steelers want to trade him only to an NFC team.

Per multiple reports, the Steelers will avoid trading Brown to one of their AFC North rivals or to the Patriots.

Ultimately, however, the decision will hinge on what a team is willing to give the Steelers, in comparison to the next best offer. If the Patriots, Browns, Ravens, or Bengals offer a first-round pick and the 49ers offer a fifth-round pick, what will the Steelers do?

What the new team will be willing to pay Brown is also a big part of this, since he’s made it clear that he wants a new contract. Which complicates the process considerably, and which will help put the Steelers far more squarely in the “beggars” than “choosers” category, when it’s time to choose between trading Brown or paying him the $2.5 million roster bonus that becomes due on March 17.

66 responses to “Steelers hope to ship Antonio Brown to the NFC

  1. grogansheroes says:

    February 24, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    So they trade him to the 49ers, who in turn flip him to the Pats.
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    Doubtful The Steelers likely put a clause in that would up their compensation if the team they trade him to trades him to the Pats or other teams theybdidnt want him going to. It was the same thing Green Bay did when they traded Favre to the Jets so the Jets wouldn’t just flip him to Minnesota.

  2. I’m sure all the Patriots fans are salivating over the possibility that AB gets traded to them. Of course if he doesn’t go to the Patriots they will say he’s garbage and they didn’t want him anyway.

  3. Tomlin has proven to lack any leadership qualities. But Brown and Bell are morons. its so funny when they turn on each other

  4. A $2.5M roster bonus isn’t much so I don’t think they will do something before the deadline. They can afford to wait to get the best deal possible. However, there’s also something to be said about moving on from this trainwreck.

  5. Then they may never have to play him, because they won’t be making it to the Super Bowl anytime soon without him.

  6. I am surprised that the Steelers are waiting so long to get a deal done. They can have something worked out before the league season starts, much like the Alex Smith trade. They owe AB a bonus on the 17th of March and they’ll want to avoid that and the more time that goes by, the more his value drops. If teams see talented wide receivers at the combine, that’s going to hurt his stock and the more time AB spends tweeting, that’s not helping either. If only 3 teams are interested, find the best deal and have a plan for the beginning of free agency and the draft.

  7. whenwilliteverend says:
    February 24, 2019 at 12:41 pm
    I’m sure all the Patriots fans are salivating over the possibility that AB gets traded to them. Of course if he doesn’t go to the Patriots they will say he’s garbage and they didn’t want him anyway.
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    Not really. And old news as Pats were reported one of first to come calling, though now poss only interested if Gronk retired or others left. Pats have the draft picks. And many fans prob feel Belichick is the best HC in the NFL to rehabilitate Brown, though it’s not certain he can, and Pats have won 6 SBs without Brown, so…

  8. I don’t root for the Steelers. But it would be spectacular to see Bell and Brown gone and the Steelers representing the AFC in Miami.

    Even better of it could be without Ben too.

  9. Steelers should sit on his contract for a year. AB will more than likely get caught-up in some trouble that the Steelers can use to void his contract. Plus, he sits for a year gets fat slow and interested in other things. If I was the steelers, I wouldn’t let him play football anywhere else for as long as he’s under contract with the team. Take away his platform to be famous and his voice will fade to obscurity.

  10. Brown would never behave within the Pats system. He is too used to getting his own way and acting however he wants. He would drive BB crazy in about 5 minutes.

  11. bigbosscrispy says:
    February 24, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    Steelers should sit on his contract for a year. AB will more than likely get caught-up in some trouble that the Steelers can use to void his contract. Plus, he sits for a year gets fat slow and interested in other things. If I was the steelers, I wouldn’t let him play football anywhere else for as long as he’s under contract with the team. Take away his platform to be famous and his voice will fade to obscurity.
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    So you think it’s more important to be spiteful than to run a good business and try to win a Superbowl? Don’t ever try to start your own business.

  12. Brown sounds like a bit of a head case. Whoever ends up with him will surely dig deep on his mental status before making any sort of deal. Very few teams will gamble and he needs to end up in the right place. If there is a right place.

  13. Dennis Carson says:
    February 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    Then they may never have to play him, because they won’t be making it to the Super Bowl anytime soon without him.
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    They haven’t been so hot with him, as far as Super Bowls and playoffs are concerned. I can make a decent case for them being a better actual TEAM with both him and Bell out of the picture. My concern then would turn to Tomlin. Can he change his ways, and get these guys back to doing what they are paid to do? They need to have a players only meeting, clear the air, and let bygones be bygones. It’s pretty telling when JuJu said in an interview (paraphrased) that he learned a lot about how not to act by watching guys in the Steelers locker room. When asked to which guys he was referring, he said he want getting into names.

  14. A couple of thoughts:

    1. Brown would be FINE with the Pats. Remember the main problem he had with the Steelers was how Rothlessberger was treated differently than others. That wouldn’t be a problem with Tom Brady. Just look how Harrison gushes about Brady.

    2. That being said, the Pats would NEVER pay up any draft capital PLUS an 8 figure cap hit for ANY WR, let alone AB. The WR position is VASTLY overrated. Somehow, in this age of the glorification of the passing game, the Pats have managed to win SIX Superbowls without ever having a so called “elite” WR.

    BTW- they got to 3 more and and only one with Rand Moss. That’s 8 of 9 Superbowls without ever having even a probowl WR. That SHOULD tell GM’s around the league that they are paying too much for WR’s…..shouldn’t it.

    3. SF is the logical landing spot for AB. They’re in the NFC. They are a couple of years away from really contending. And they have the cap room to accommodate Brown. That being said, I doubt very much they’d give up more than a 2nd rounder, and I’d be surprised if the Steelers got even that much.

    It’s not like AB isn’t a risk for any team that bring him aboard. As talented as he is, he’s still over 30, and the best part of this deal would be the fact that you’d have him under control for a few years at “reasonable” numbers for an elite WR given the Steelers have to absorb the bonus money. BUT if AB is going to demand even MORE, then his trade value is going to go down even further.

    4.So what if a 3rd or 4th round pick is the best offer they get. Will the Steelers eat their words about demanding a top pick, or will they just keep him against his will?

  15. If the Steelers can’t find a trade partner ho give them value…..they should suspend him for his conduct and not pay him.

  16. Good comment Patfanken but Welker was a pro bowl receiver and should have two rings but not for Justin Tuck of the Giants…I still dont believe the Steelers will let Brown go but what about a straight up trade for Ordell Beckham ?

  17. Just an FYI, Brown’s want for a new contract doesn’t mean squat. He has THREE YEARS left on the contract he currently has. He can want new money all he wants, that doesn’t mean he’s getting it.

  18. So who will catch Big Ben’s inaccurate passes? Ju-Ju will be double covered after AB is gone.

  19. Dennis Carson says:
    February 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Then they may never have to play him, because they won’t be making it to the Super Bowl anytime soon without him.

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    Correct me if I am wrong but AB or LB does not have 1 super bowl ring.

  20. I’m so nervous about Howie Roseman and the Eagles possibly trading for AB. Although an offense with Wentz, Ertz, Jeffrey, Wallace and a healthy O Line would be scary. I just think he isn’t needed and he would screw up the team chemistry. Don’t want him…Send him to Panthers and watch AB scream every time he’s open and Cam Newton plays his same old I’m the only player and runs with it over passing it..

  21. The Steelers have very little leverage or options for being picky. AB has very little leverage or options against the Steelers or any other NFL team, other than being cantankerous about showing up to practice/playing. I predict some team will trade for him, but give very little. Maybe a 4th pick, conditionally on AB reporting for camp/preseason. Then, AB would be obligated to show up and the team getting him would have the leverage to get a new, but reasonable, long term contract done.

  22. keiselsbeard says:

    February 24, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Just an FYI, Brown’s want for a new contract doesn’t mean squat. He has THREE YEARS left on the contract he currently has. He can want new money all he wants, that doesn’t mean he’s getting it.
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    Actually Brown’s want for a new contract means everything. No team is going to trade for him and expect him to play out his current deal because he’s made it clear he won’t. Sure they can see if he’s bluffing about retiring without new money but no team wants to start a new working relationship on a sour note.

  23. keiselsbeard says:
    February 24, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Just an FYI, Brown’s want for a new contract doesn’t mean squat. He has THREE YEARS left on the contract he currently has. He can want new money all he wants, that doesn’t mean he’s getting it.
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    His comment about “new money” makes trading for him all but impossible. With an uncertain contract situation and a guy who might refuse to take the field, why would a team give up anything other than a late round draft pick for him?

  24. It would be the ultimate for the Brown’s to get him. They need a big time Z wideout, and could afford to give up a first and 5th for him, as well as afford his contract.

  25. There will be no trades until the new league year starts on March 14th. Teams can agree to terms before then but no actual trades can happen. Pittsburgh and everyone else has to be patient until then.

  26. His comment about “new money” makes trading for him all but impossible. With an uncertain contract situation and a guy who might refuse to take the field, why would a team give up anything other than a late round draft pick for him?

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    AB just wants out and will need to prove he is going to be a good team player before getting more money in the future. AB is not in control of anything at this point. And for some one who doesn’t watch much football he is still one of the best at his position…. not too hard to figure out….if you actually watch the sport….not just comment on a blog for clicks.

  27. why would a team give up anything other than a late round draft pick for him?
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    The Steelers traded Martavis Bryant for a 3rd round pick and you think Brown is worth a later round draft pick. Where’s the logic in that? The Steelers WILL NOT get a late round pick for AB.

  28. steelcurtainn says:
    February 24, 2019 at 4:44 pm
    why would a team give up anything other than a late round draft pick for him?
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    The Steelers traded Martavis Bryant for a 3rd round pick and you think Brown is worth a later round draft pick. Where’s the logic in that? The Steelers WILL NOT get a late round pick for AB.

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    Bryant’s cap hit was a lot less than Brown’s. There is the logic.

  29. whenwilliteverend says:
    February 24, 2019 at 12:41 pm
    I’m sure all the Patriots fans are salivating over the possibility that AB gets traded to them. Of course if he doesn’t go to the Patriots they will say he’s garbage and they didn’t want him anyway.

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    Its before any trade, and we dont want him anyway. See how easy that was?

  30. 2 first rounders and a 2nd…minimum
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    yeah, that’s gonna happen. He will be released/cut and go to the highest bidder.

  31. With his current contract and his diva attitude, then I think the Steelers will at best get a 3rd for him. If they take on some of his contract, then maybe a 2nd.

  32. For all of his God given talent, Brown is just too much damaged goods.
    With no real idea how he’s going to react in a new environment, with no new money to soften the blow, it’s really just a roll of the dice.
    With a handful of safer alternatives in free agency, I believe it’s going to be a struggle to trade him.

    Anyone thinking the Steelers are going to get a better pick than a 4th rounder, are dreaming. (and that may be generous)
    Where’s the incentive when you see him acting so unpredictable and unstable, demanding new money, when he’s already shown he’s a bit of a quitter when a team needs him most.
    I just don’t see it.

    Sincerely, a fan of a wide receiver needy NFC team.

  33. Florio keeps talking up the 28 teams, but he doesn’t seem to realize that Colbert made it clear Brown will only be traded for a high pick. So if three teams responded, it likely means they’re the ones offering high picks, why would other teams even bother at this point if they’re offering less than what Colbert asked? And it’s at the Combine where other team GM’s will have a chance to approach the Steelers, which hasn’t happened yet. The Combine is normally the place where trade discussions commence. So the 28 team thing is a moot point.

  34. The idea that pats fans would want that piece of crap polluting the team is hilarious

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    You would be one of the first fanboys crapping his knickers if Belicheat could work a deal for AB. You would be one of the first to brag about the genius of BB. It’s a little early to spread the manure on the fields Francis.

  35. steelcurtainn says:
    February 24, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    The Steelers traded Martavis Bryant for a 3rd round pick and you think Brown is worth a later round draft pick. Where’s the logic in that? The Steelers WILL NOT get a late round pick for AB.
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    Let’s see – Bryant was 26 at the time of the trade, basically making rookie 3rd round pick money and had showed more talent than that. The Raiders figured he was a better bet than an unproven rookie, so they took a flyer. And it failed spectacularly. Fortunately, it was short money and the Raiders will survive.

    AB – sorry, “Mr. Big Chest” – is 31, makes 12+ mil a year for the next 3, has announced that he wants a new deal, and has been a massive locker room cancer in Pittsburgh forcing his way out. I still think Pittsburgh will be doing well just to rid themselves of his contract and headache for a late round pick.

  36. Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 24, 2019 at 6:31 pm
    The idea that pats fans would want that piece of crap polluting the team is hilarious

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    You would be one of the first fanboys crapping his knickers if Belicheat could work a deal for AB. You would be one of the first to brag about the genius of BB. It’s a little early to spread the manure on the fields Francis.

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    I believe AB is the most talented WR in the NFL. But he appears to be coming unraveled. Top that with his cap hit and I don’t see BB or the Pats picking up AB. But some tram will pay for him,if for no other reason than to sell tickets. But aside from a few teams, AB won’t be playing with a QB as talented as Ben.

  37. Contrary to what you think…
    1) The Steelers don’t have to trade Brown, at all.
    2) 3 years on existing Contract, plenty of time to deal.
    3) $2.5 Mil is peanuts in the NFL, especially for a top tier player.
    4) His value will increase significantly, after Roster Bonus paid & other teams realize the Steelers aren’t going to fire-sale him.
    5) Once his Roster Bonus is paid & his value increases, the trade-ff of value will be worth it. The variance in value of offered player/s before and after that date will make waiting worth it.

    Long story, this is going to drag out…unless they are quickly offered a top-10 draft pick before the roster payment.

  38. Maybe he just doesn’t like being a Steeler anymore and that’s fine but why go out like this. Trading him to NE would be lunacy if it turns out AB can play inside the system in NE. I know $ makes it unlikely

  39. AB will be in the football Hall of Fame. He will catch at least 120 passes this year. The Steelers will get a # 1 pick plus more.

  40. BB is going to spend millions on a diva wr?When has that ever happened? He traded moss for less. 3 teams have shown interest!! If it were Mike Evans or Michael Thomas 31 teams would be offering up their arms and legs.

  41. Bryant’s cap hit was a lot less than Brown’s. There is the logic.
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    So is Bryants talent compared to AB.

  42. Streettyson says: the usual Pats babble

    Yes Pats fans WILL call AB garbage if he doesn’t go to Boston. They’ll say he is better than Moss if he DOES go to Boston. Pats fanboys are as predictable as Belichick is boring.

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