Report: One team was told Antonio Brown wants to be highest-paid WR

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Antonio Brown said last month that he was not looking for a new contract when and if he is traded from the Steelers to a new team, but a team talking to Pittsburgh about trading for the wide receiver reportedly got a different message this week.

Albert Breer of SI.com reports that a team involved in talks with the Steelers was told that Brown wants to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the league. Giants wideout Odell Beckham currently holds that spot with a contract that averages $18 million a year.

The identity of the team is not part of the report, but Breer reports “money was a factor” for the Bills when their talks with the Steelers went off the rails Thursday night and Friday morning. There were multiple reports that Brown’s unwillingness to go to Buffalo was what blocked the deal from going through.

In addition to Brown’s demands, the Steelers have their own desired compensation from a trade and those desires have been too rich for some teams to this point. The combination means that the Brown saga drags on without a clear end in sight.

71 responses to “Report: One team was told Antonio Brown wants to be highest-paid WR

  1. Translation….AB will either play for the Steelers this year or sit out for the next 3 and pay the Steelers back the bonus money… hmmm… the guy has tarnished his legacy

  2. He is delusional and if he wants out of Pittsburgh so bad he is doing a terrible job of making other teams want him.

  3. Not saying he’d actually get it, but is it surprising that he’d ask for this? He was the highest paid receiver before OBJ got his new contract in 2018.

  4. I think Colbert is playing both sides of the fence. If he is serious about trading Brown (my suspicion is that he is not), he will have to reduce his asking price. Brown isn’t the one negotiating the trade, which makes it difficult for me to believe that he suddenly demanded a new contract.

  5. This is so entertaining. Both sides may come out losers. And to think … all of this drama over a silly team MVP award.

  6. Many people continue to cast negative shawdows on the NFL believing it invulnerable. Media often reporting with dubious sources, owners and general managers caught in scandal, coaches as well, the agents acting as if integrity was not important. Then here come the players with little respect for teams, contracts, morals, or the cities these athletes represents. Blatant arrogance will cause a fall. Too big too fail….ask Merrill Lynch. Enron or Detroit. Every action does have consequences.

  7. Simple words cannot begin to describe the ridiculousness of this situation. What a train wreck for everyone – the Steelers, the fans, the team Mr. Big Chest ultimately plays for, and Mr. Big Chest himself. No one will be happy with the outcome – everyone loses.

  8. Whatever happens, Brown is being driven out of the league. No team is going to trade for a guy with this much drama. Same with Bell. Bet they would’ve gotten pretty close to their asking price if they had taken the classy way out.

    Any team considering signing either Bell or Brown is going to have a lot of small print on the contract to protect themselves.

  9. He is probably shocked no one wants him, and wants to throw money at him. Needs to Hire Jerry McGuire.

  10. So, if he isn’t traded and he doesn’t show up, he can be put on a list where the Steelers then demand the $11.4 mil prorated back? (Reserve/retired list or something like that). If he shows up, they suspend him and attempt to recoup at least a portion of the bonus for the games missed along with the not paying him for the four weeks (and he filed the inevitable grievance)? He retires and writes a big check? (not)

    Or he’s released (unlikely) and Steelers eat $11.4 mil dead money?

  11. chachi3 says:
    March 8, 2019 at 2:22 pm
    It’s the Madden curse!!

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    Can’t blame Madden for this one. Mr. Big Head is his own curse.

  12. What he wants doesn’t matter. He’s under contract for three years. The Steelers are trading his contract. He can either abide by the terms of his contract or retire and pay back any roster bonus he receives. The guaranteed money he received is his to keep, assuming he still has it. Abiding by the contract terms means playing for the Steelers or playing for the team that takes him in a trade. If he wants to play somewhere else, he can sit out without pay until his contract expires in three years and see whether he can interest another team. Wouldn’t hold my breath on that.

  13. Some players are coach-killers.

    AB is a TEAM-killer.

    I hope he enjoys riding the pine (in Pittsburgh) or playing for a losing team because those are his only options left – and ALL of this his his own damn fault.

  14. – says:
    March 8, 2019 at 2:25 pm
    He is probably shocked no one wants him, and wants to throw money at him. Needs to Hire Jerry McGuire.

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    This should be a humbling experience for him, but somehow I doubt it. He might be too far gone at this point from drinking too much of his own Kool Aid.

  15. I mean I absolutely despise the guy but if you’re in the convo for top 3 receivers in the league asking for the highest pay isn’t crazy

  16. NinersFan1973 says:
    March 8, 2019 at 2:25 pm
    If this is true, nobody in their right mind would touch this guy.

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    Jon Gruden on line 1

  17. The Bills are better off without him, as he has made it clear it’s all about him. If anything, Beane’s aggressiveness in trying to get AB shows that the Bills are serious about getting Allen a legit #1 receiver. To a Bills fan, that has to be exciting and I wouldn’t be surprised if they made a trade for a different receiver.

  18. Looking for 18mil a year with a bunch of cash up front lol his only attraction is the 3 years left on his current contract if that’s not in play I doubt anyone bites.

  19. Of course he does! This was *always* about money.

    The whole ‘disrespect’ circus was just a play to get out of his contract and get a new one somewhere else – paying him the most money in the NFL.

    He knew that wasn’t going to happen in Pittsburgh he still had 3 years left on a deal where he already got all the guaranteed money out of it… he was never going to play out that deal.

  20. This guy will be traded for a 4th round pick. No team feels he is worth more than OBJ’s deal and no team will invest into a guy big time over the age of 30.

    AB is a basket case and he is damaging his own career by flapping those gums.

  21. Don’t trade him and make him show up and honor is 3 year contract. If he doesn’t want to do that then don’t pay him. This guy is going bankrupted soon and is out of money. Steelers have more leverage than Brown.

  22. This has always been about money. He will say it’s not but it is. He wants more money and knows with three years left on his deal, the Steelers weren’t going to do anything aboit it. Let’s throw a fit, be a baby, make it so the team doesn’t want me, trade me, then I’ll ask my new team for a new contract/guaranteed money.

  23. The best scenario is him not signing anywhere and the Steelers getting nothing in return. Bunch of clowns all the way around!!

  24. Brown needs to clearly communicate what he wants. Him on a $13m/year deal is worth giving up a (late) 1st round pick. Him on a $19m a year deal to pass OBJ isn’t.

  25. Nobody is going to give him any guarantees outside the first year with his behavior. Why should they? This has 0 to do with not getting the team mvp award or any riff with the QB or coach. Brown is out of money and the only way he is going to get more is to force his way out of Pittsburgh. The problem is that he thinks everyone would be falling over themselves to get to him. Now the one team who was willing to look the other way in his recent behavior he just burned. The crazy thing is what if nobody wants him and he has to crawl back to the Steelers with his tail between his legs? The inky other alternative is retirement. If he’s out if miney that won’t be a consideration.

  26. bettis3636 says:
    March 8, 2019 at 2:02 pm
    Translation….AB will either play for the Steelers this year or sit out for the next 3 and pay the Steelers back the bonus money… hmmm… the guy has tarnished his legacy

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    What legacy is that exactly?

    LMAO

    he’s done nothing in the league outside of his production that has gone bye-bye.

  27. It wasn’t always about money. There are definite racial undertones as well. Why else would AB rail on Big Ben on Lebron’s “The Shop” about “throwing him under the bus” because he made one comment to the media about something AB did wrong? This being the same Lebron who has made a career of throwing every teammate and coach he could under the bus, yet he and AB are buddies? I wonder why.

  28. redlikethepig says:
    March 8, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    This is so entertaining. Both sides may come out losers. And to think … all of this drama over a silly team MVP award.
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    While that certainly didn’t help matters, that is NOT what this trade is about. This is about AB wanting more money and the coaches and ownership siding with Ben over him in every scenario.

  29. When you’re dealing with the egos of highly paid people you will always get some who go off the deep end. AB has gone off the deep end. If he’d just kept quiet and let his agent do his job, he’d be somewhere else right now.

    I mean, he has a right to say whatever he wants, but he’s done nothing to add to his trade value for months. Where’s the common sense?

  30. you know the patriots are sitting there dangling their 1st round pick in front of Pitt’s face, and Pitt is eventually going to cave. if the patriots trade for michael bennett (not exactly a model citizen) they surely won’t mind trading for Brown. BB is basically willing to trade away picks at this point because they are in win now mode. once the rebuild in NE starts, he will be long gone.

  31. Most companies I know rate your value, not only on your production, but on how much of a team player you are. Based on Brown’s production, his pay should be near or at the top. But his team-player ratings drop him down quite a bit.

  32. The Steelers used to be one of the best run franchises in all of sports but they’re going to end up getting back pennies on the dollar for 2 superstars- not something that happens to an elite franchise. They’re 1 step closer to becoming the cowboys

  33. Now both the players and coaches will love him. The players will because he’s going to be reaching into all their pockets so that he can get a bigger slice of the pie. The coaches always love a guy who makes them the favorite to appear on Hard Knocks.

  34. He arrived at training camp via helicopter and stayed in private, off campus digs, away from the other players. Kind of a foreshadowing of what was to come, I’d say.

  35. I simply don’t see AB or Le’Veon Bell getting the type of money they seem so certain will be thrown at them. AB asks to be traded, then apparently has concerns about what teams he’ll play for and how much of a raise he’ll get. In Le’Veon’s case, a RB who just sat out a season over salary is not getting a deal for more than what the Steelers offered. The position is just too easy to fill, and the current trend in the NFL is toward younger, less expensive backs. Two talented, hard-working men, but somehow they allowed themselves to become “me first” guys while playing a game that is historically “team first”.

  36. Glad the Bills didn’t get him ! Pitt probably wanted the Buffalo pick at 9 and would have drafted WR Metcalf with that pick.

  37. Why aren’t the Miami Dolphins interested in Brown(South Florida-Liberty City)or vice versa?

  38. There is a reason nobody wants him. The Steelers may just take the cap hit and cut him. There is no market for his services for a reason. He better wake up.

  39. AB is yet another example of a prima donna. I hope he doesn’t get traded and then decides to retire.

    Please… don’t trade for him. There is no reason you need that cancerous tumor in your locker room.

  40. sportoficionado says:
    March 8, 2019 at 2:10 pm
    I think Colbert is playing both sides of the fence. If he is serious about trading Brown (my suspicion is that he is not), he will have to reduce his asking price. Brown isn’t the one negotiating the trade, which makes it difficult for me to believe that he suddenly demanded a new contract.

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    It could be this. Brown is dumping on the Steelers with a “I dont need you because Im so great everyone wants me” attitude. So maybe he lets Brown bang around the league until he finds out they dont.

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