Interest in Antonio Brown has “grown”

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Interest in Antonio Brown has “grown” with more teams inquiring about the Pro Bowl receiver. Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said last week three teams had inquired about the receiver, whom the team is shopping.

More teams have talked to Colbert since, though he didn’t provide an updated number.

“It will continue to go one way or another because as we’re here at the Combine,” Colbert said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “We’re learning about alternatives to your current team. You may come away feeling better; you may feel worse. But the one thing that doesn’t change is Antonio Brown’s value, not only to us but to anybody else in the National Football League. [Trade possibilities] will be more clear at the end of this week.”

Colbert doesn’t rule out trading within the division, although he obviously would prefer to send Brown somewhere outside the AFC North. Trading Brown to an NFC team would be most preferable.

A division rival would have to blow away any other offer the Steelers receive.

“We haven’t eliminated anybody,’’ Colbert said. “Ideally, you want to trade him to somebody you’ll never play, but you can’t do that, because if you’re good enough to get to the Super Bowl, you have to play him anyway. The less you would play him, the better, but if a team comes through with the best compensation, we have to balance that out. OK, we’re going to play him twice a year, but we’re going to get the best compensation, so it’s our job to do the better job with the compensation, and you have to weigh that all into the discussion.”

23 responses to “Interest in Antonio Brown has “grown”

  1. No one is going to give substantial compensation to a guy who will just take his ball and go home and refuse to play unless his every whim is met.

    Why are Wide Receivers always the biggest divas around? I always think back to T.O.’s time in Philadelphia and there is no doubt in my mind that the Eagles would’ve won a Super Bowl had T.O. not had a petulant melt down in 2005.

    A.B. reminds me of T.O.

  2. Compensation stand point is probably one of the smartest things I’ve heard from a GM. Never understood the “don’t want to trade him to a rival” rhetoric. It’s one player. If the different in compensation is a high pick in the same round… fine. But if it’s a first instead of a second, you take the first.

  3. rkt4mayor says:
    February 27, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Why are Wide Receivers always the biggest divas around? I always think back to T.O.’s time in Philadelphia and there is no doubt in my mind that the Eagles would’ve won a Super Bowl had T.O. not had a petulant melt down in 2005.
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    The Eagles might have won the Super Bowl had they thrown to TO some more in that game. Dude put in a hell of performance for a guy with his ankle issue. He would have been MVP too.

  4. Colbert is trying to create a market for the Diva WR. Any team that takes him is crazy given his character and this entire mess.

  5. dsigrey says:
    February 27, 2019 at 12:45 pm
    The Eagles might have won the Super Bowl had they thrown to TO some more in that game. Dude put in a hell of performance for a guy with his ankle issue. He would have been MVP too.

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    Fully agree with you but I wasn’t referring to Super Bowl 39 which was played in 2005 but at the end of the 2004 season. I was referring to the following season, where T.O. held out and started doing sit ups in his driveway and throwing his QB under the bus for losing the Super Bowl.

  6. Here is a hint about the lack of interest in Mr. Big Chest:

    “OK, we’re going to play him twice a year, but we’re going to get the best compensation…”

    In other words, now that we see the lack of compensation offered, we are going to revisit the AFC North.

  7. Surely Colbert saying there is an increase in interest has nothing to do with everyone pointing out that if 3 teams were interested in Brown that meant that 28 weren’t. Backtrack much?

  8. Translation, besides Belichik’s 7th round pick we have only been offered a bag of used balls, will someone offer to keep our soda pop machines full for a year?

    Usually, when a NFL GM is talking about trading a player and all the teams that want him, there has been no real inquiries. Kind of like Gregg Williams and all those teams wanting him as head coach.

    I think ESPN should step in and offer him big dollars and have him team up with Steven Smith, it will guarantee keeping ESPN in the headlines.

  9. Translation: We’re not getting good enough offers, but we’re still desperately hoping for something coming our way soon.

  10. AB and Bell should sit out another year, without pay, just to make sure they send a strong message to all 32 NFL Teams & Owners………….

    Would be hilarious if they did this…….

  11. Robert Mitchell says:
    February 27, 2019 at 1:04 pm
    Brown is a clown. How many Super Bowls
    Have the Steelers won since he’s been on the team.

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    Not saying AB is this or that, but such an awful argument. Is Dan Marino a “clown” because he never won a SB with the Dolphins? There have been a ton of times when Brown’s almost single-handedly carried the offense on his back. I get that he’s has had some really bizarre off-the-field stuff going on, but you can’t deny what he can do for a team.

  12. If the Bengals are going to rebuild and decide to shop AJ Green, then AB’s value is going to take a huge hit. Steelers should trade this guy as soon as they can. I don’t see his market getting better.

  13. The argument that Brown is suddenly not worth trading for is silly. You play to win the game. Brown can help any team win (now) more than a 3rd round rookie. Is he a pain in the butt? Probably. But when has that ever stopped coaches from thinking they can fix problem guys?

    Now, if he’s making crazy contract demands that changes the conversation. His remaining base salary is tolerable, but I wouldn’t want to commit any more at this point.

  14. The Steeler’s FO are really trying their best to drum up actual interest for their #1 WR, Brown and his agent thought every team in the league was interested in acquiring him… wrong! AB is one of the best WR’s in the NFL but he will also be 31 and brings lots of baggage so a team that wants to trade for him has to seriously weigh the pros & cons of adding him to their roster. buyer beware

  15. A trade for a first round pick in the 2020 draft is not out of the question either. The Steelers may be open to the idea because Ben will be retiring at the same time Pouncey does and the opportunity along with a lot of freed up money may make this a viable option and a chance to build both sides of the ball.

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