Quarterback quality is a factor for Antonio Brown

Getty Images

It’s not known what Antonio Brown wants from a new team by way of an adjusted contract. It is known that Antonio Brown will be considering something other than money.

Per a league source, quality of quarterback play will be a factor in Brown’s assessment of whether he wants to play for a team to which he could be traded.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Friday night that the Raiders, Titans, and Washington are the three teams that have shown the most interest in trading for Brown. Although it’s tempting to characterize the Oakland-D.C. angle as a battle between Jon and Jay Gruden, only one Gruden (Jon) will be calling the shots as to how much is given to the Steelers and how much money is paid to Brown.

The Steelers publicly acknowledged more than a week ago that three teams have shown interest in trading for Brown. This week, G.M. Kevin Colbert said that more than three teams have shown interest, but he declined to provide an updated number.

Per Schefter, the Steelers want a first-round pick for Brown.

But would Brown want to catch passes from Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, or whoever the quarterback will be in Washington? Jay Gruden’s receiver-friendly offense could be enticing to Brown, but none of the options in any of these three places will be a Ben Roethlisberger.

As it relates to Ben’s personality, Brown will like that. As it relates to Ben’s throwing skills, all three options will result in a step down for Brown.

However it plays out, Brown’s interest in playing for a given team surely will be a factor in that team’s interest in giving up whatever it takes to get him. Which will make it even harder for all parties involved to get what they want.

55 responses to “Quarterback quality is a factor for Antonio Brown

  1. Why would any NFL team want to put with such a headcase? Yes, he’s extremely talented, but the baggage & the immaturity outweigh his talent by a huge margin.

  2. The Steelers may just have to sit him or cut him, between his list of demands
    as well as theirs “prefer no AFC, no AFC north, NO Patriots”.
    As bad as this is, I think it’s going to get ugly.

  3. Im a skins fan and Colt wont excite many recievers…for that matter either would Alex unfortunately.

  4. The more this hemoroid speaks the less his value becomes, maybe we’ll luck out and he’ll play in XFL

  5. I am now nearly 100% positive the Packers won’t be signing Antonio Brown. Green Bay is not interested.

    Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has a much better chance of becoming a Packer. It’s a shame he won’t be doing on-field drills today at the combine. Hollywood Brown has blazing speed and could have been one to possibly break John Ross’ record 4.22 40 time.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  6. Brown still has a contract for 3 years. If he doesn’t like where he is traded to, retire. I am sure McDonalds and Walmart are hiring.

  7. How desperate can a team be then to want this big mouth Diva, who travels with a lot of baggage. I’d take Edelman over this dude everyday and twice on Sundays!!

  8. Love how Brown continues to be stroked, the guy as run his mouth on social media so all will feel he has been treated badly. When now his tweets come to ONE play he feels was bad, ended his relationship bla bla bla, No one brings up the fact he quit on his team mates, he lied to his coaches about injury, he was told to get MRI and did not show up, he did not return calls to coaches or owners, he skipped out on a game the Steelers needed. Now it has not worked to blame Tomlin then Colbert then Ben and now ONE play which Ben was being rushed he uses as his excuse. This the caliber of player no matter what talent that continues to make the NFL look bad. One thing for sure no one in Pittsburgh cares where he goes.

  9. “It is known that Antonio Brown will be considering something other than money.”

    This is an absolute load. Brown cares more about money than anything else. The guy is a nutcase and I hope no team caves into his demands and he has to retire early because he’s made himself untouchable by teams.

  10. Brown is under contract for the next three years to whatever team he ends up on, even it’s the Steelers. His choices are to play or not to play, and that’s it. I’m sure he wants a gold plated toilet too.

  11. AB has no leverage. His antics have lowered his price to a 4th or 5th round pick. He showed time and time again that the most important thing to him is personal stats. He doesn’t care about winning. He clowns his coach, pouts when he doesn’t get the ball (even when his team wins), and he quit on the Steelers simply because Juju was voted team MVP by his teammates. Any team that is interested in winning will have no interest with this guy…

  12. I believe Aaron Rogers-Antonio Brown fits the bill.

    They have the cap space
    They have the draft pics

    After a soft year for Rogers passing stats wise…. A new coach wanting to give the highest paid quarterback in football a down in down out top five receiver…

  13. So let’s see. All Antonio Brown wants is to play on a team of his choice, with nothing but fully guaranteed money in the contract, with pay at the highest level for a WR in the league and they need to have a great quarterback.

    Let us know what else we can do for you, AB….

  14. Since AB has acted the fool about the whole thing. I hope they trade him to the worst possible situation for him. Barring that, I hope they keep him, suspended him for however many weeks for conduct detrimental, and then tell him to stay home. They are on the hook for the money anyway. One thing is for certain, they aren’t just going to cut him, and by the way he’s talking, that’s what he thinks he can force them into doing.

    He could have handled it differently, and people would not have the animosity toward him that they have now. I know I would not have the above feelings had he not taken the gutter route.

  15. moerawn says:
    March 2, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Obviously he’s waiting for a call from TB, begging him to come to NE.

    =============================

    It could be. I don’t support the Pats in any way but I’ll give Belichick & Brady credit for being able to polish turds like Randy Moss the way that other teams couldn’t. Perhaps they are the only team that could do the same for Antonio Brown. But it’s likely that (as with Moss) some team other team (perhaps my Raiders again) will be foolish enough to fork over a high draft pick to the Steelers for Brown and then trade him to New England for a 4th rounder after realizing their mistake.

  16. Beggars cannot be choosers. He is begging to be traded, and he will have no say as to which team he will end up, unless his contract gives him a no-trade clause.

  17. I’ll refrain from saying anything negative about Carr because he did start to look more comfortable in the new scheme as the second half of the season progressed…

  18. I love when this brainless clown even tries to say where he wants to go. You have NO leverage, bro, none. Can’t wait to see this diva fall apart physically. He already has disintegrated mentally.

  19. Brown would get along just great with Carson Wentz. Not only that but Zach Ertz has volunteered to donate some of his targets just to keep Brown happy.

  20. AB: “I want this. I want that. I want this. I want that. You hurt my feelings. I quit. Trade me. I want this. I want that. I want this. I want that. You hurt my feelings. Don’t tell me what to do…ad infinitum, ad naueseum.”

    I’m trying to figure out why any team would want to sign this guy. He is quickly becoming more trouble than he’s worth. That shouldn’t come as any surprise since he has chosen to make T.O. his “mentor”.

  21. QB quality is a factor for Antonio Brown?

    QB quality is a factor for almost the entire league, poor quality that is, if the QB play wasn’t this poor then there wouldn’t be so many teams back at the QB well every few years!

    SAD FACT, there are about 1,800,000,000 men on the planet(that’s 1.8 BIL) between the ages of 20-35 and we CAN’T find 32 truly capable of being/holding the starting QB in the NFL!!!!!!!

    And here’s a little FYI

    Brown’s career receiving TDs: 79

    Brown’s career receiving TDs from someone other than Big Ben: 0, ZILCH, NIL, NOTTA’ ONE!!!

  22. whenwilliteverend says:
    March 2, 2019 at 10:35 am
    AB: “I want this. I want that. I want this. I want that. You hurt my feelings. I quit. Trade me. I want this. I want that. I want this. I want that. You hurt my feelings. Don’t tell me what to do…ad infinitum, ad naueseum.”

    I’m trying to figure out why any team would want to sign this guy. He is quickly becoming more trouble than he’s worth. That shouldn’t come as any surprise since he has chosen to make T.O. his “mentor”.
    ————————-
    You mean the HAll of Famer TO??? Hmmmm, Guess he should have Edelman as a mentor. He could teach him how to get suspended for drugs, all while putting his health on the line for $5.5/year, which is 1/3 of ABs signing bonus.Only fans think players risk their bodies to win a $50k ring. Players play for $$$$$ and to take care of their families…, kinda like why everyone else in this country goes to work.

  23. I hate the Packers, but AB and Rodgers would be deadly. I hope he lands anywhere else but Green Bay.

  24. Brown has no say on where he goes so the quarterback quality he would want is a moot point. I’d ship him to an NFL Siberia.

  25. unkleruckus says:

    You mean the HAll of Famer TO??? Hmmmm, Guess he should have Edelman as a mentor. He could teach him how to get suspended for drugs, all while putting his health on the line for $5.5/year, which is 1/3 of ABs signing bonus.Only fans think players risk their bodies to win a $50k ring. Players play for $$$$$ and to take care of their families…, kinda like why everyone else in this country goes to work.

    Sure, T.O. was a HoFer on the field. However, he was also a HoF pain in the backside. He prematurely ended his career when he became more trouble than he was worth. He probably could have played five more years had he not been such a pain (Jeff George too). T.O. would be a good mentor on the field but taking off-the-field advice from him is like taking eating advice from Jabba the Hut.

  26. Let me get this straight …. the dude who quit on his team in Week 17 and is still under contract with the Steelers, gets to call the shots on where he goes? Nice try, AB. You’re a great talent but an idiot.

  27. hmmm, let me think about this…so teams are interested in trading for the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL next year who gets 22 million next year because the Steelers backloaded the contract, and you get his baggage…keep dreaming steelers

    No thank you- After seeing Metcalf at the combine yesterday, Raiders are better off paying him(or a rookie) 10 million for 4 years (similar to what the DJ Moore got paid with the 24th pick last year)

  28. grant35 says:
    March 2, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I love when this brainless clown even tries to say where he wants to go. You have NO leverage, bro, none.

    ________________________________________________

    You know some people tried to say the same thing about Eli when he refused to go to the Chargers, how’d that work out? The top tier players have a lot more pull than you think!

  29. I almost feel bad for Steelers fans
    ______________________________________
    Why’s that, the Steelers have endured 6 superbowl rings and have had nothing but success, Try the Browns board that’s on the next page.

  30. of course AB does, or his numbers will go down. If he doesn’t go to the Saints his numbers will go down and he’ll faze out like the rest of the receivers. He will never have another qb like Big Ben in his career.

  31. I can tell by a lot of the comments here that its a lot of people’s 1st year watching the NFL!

    Those that claim “no team will want him”, “teams won’t give more than a 3rd-4th rounder or later” or “he has no leverage to where he goes”, I guess a whole lot of you people DON’T realize what lengths a desperate team will go to try to turn it around! Hell some teams are drafting what should be 3rd or 4th round QBs in the top 10-15 overall.

    One thing is for sure: You’re going to find out!!!

  32. Larry Fitzgerald on Brown: “He doesn’t realize how good he has it”.

    Always good to hear from an adult on a subject.

  33. 3 years left on his contract. Unless he has some other way to make $39 million he’s got no leverage other than sitting like Bell did and not getting paid which at 31 years old isn’t realistic.

  34. Similar to the Saints who are the Redskins going to cut to pay AB his at least $13 million, they can`t even afford a few million for QB to replace Smith, McCoy definitely won`t get him the Ball. Steelers are flat lying trying to create some sort of Market for AB. If anybody has ever listen to Mayock or Gruden they are not into high maintenance players. The Steelers are screwed and the rest of league knows it, some team would take a flier for a 6th or 7th round pick, not much more.

  35. freefromwhatyouare says:
    March 2, 2019 at 8:45 am
    I am now nearly 100% positive the Packers won’t be signing Antonio Brown. Green Bay is not interested

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    And you know the packers are not interested, how?

  36. AB seems unable to grasp his situation which does not speak well for Drew Rosenhaus, his agent. The Steelers have likely tuned out to his constant demands and complaints so they will trade him to the team that makes the best overall offer. Brown may be trying to poison the trade market so the Steelers will cut him and allow him to become a free agent. Brown’s cap hit is almost the same if he plays for the Steelers or is traded or sits out the season ($22,165,000 vs $21,120,000 dead cap) so poisoning the trade market does nothing but invite the Steelers to invoke the “conduct detrimental to the team” clause in his contract and suspend him for four games. That could cost him $5.3 million. The Steelers could sue him for return of his signing bonus (@$7 million remaining) for breach of contract if he does not report and withhold his salary – a double whammy. Brown seems to feel empowered. He will likely see the consequences.

  37. Anyone remember the years Mike Wallace had in Pittsburgh, only to end up with a Ryan Tannehill and watch all of his averages drop? Going from a QB like Big Ben to a JAG like Tannehill was a move Mike Wallace could never recover from.

  38. Steve Cunningham says:
    March 2, 2019 at 12:45 pm
    grant35 says:
    March 2, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I love when this brainless clown even tries to say where he wants to go. You have NO leverage, bro, none.

    ________________________________________________

    You know some people tried to say the same thing about Eli when he refused to go to the Chargers, how’d that work out? The top tier players have a lot more pull than you think!

    ========

    Your problem and his problem is his age and contract. Eli making his case BEFORE he was drafted and no contract in place is quite different and really has little to no comparison.

    He is under contract, he took the guaranteed money, so he really has no say. The Steelers can literally tell him to stay home and watch football on Sundays. And put in place a discipline system that make him conform or capitulate.

    AB signed the contract took the guaranteed money and now is putting himself above the team. At 31, that is just plain dumb.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!