Report: “Very few options left” for Antonio Brown trade

Getty Images

Now that we’ve all had a moment to take a deep breath and reflect on what might have been with Antonio Brown in Buffalo, we can shift our attention back to the question of just where the wideout will wind up in 2019.

Word in recent days was that the Steelers were pushing teams to come up with their last, best trade offers with an eye on getting a deal done before the week was out. Other than the Bills, though, we’ve since heard a lot more about teams that are pulling themselves out of the process than we’ve heard about teams pursuing the wideout.

Albert Breer of SI.com reports there are now “very few options left” for a trade and Brown’s role in the process does not appear to be making things any easier.

Multiple reports indicate that the talks between the Steelers and Bills were derailed by Brown’s unwillingness to go to Buffalo and the wideout has not been shy about saying he won’t play if things do not go according to his terms. There have been various reports about what Brown’s looking for from a new team, but finding a team that both fits those terms and wants to make a trade clearly is not an easy task.

109 responses to “Report: “Very few options left” for Antonio Brown trade

  1. He ends up never playing again and owing the Steelers a chunk of money.

    There is always that option.

  2. I wouldn’t trade anything for the guy, but if a team wanted him couldn’t they structure it as conditional upon him showing up?

  3. This is going to be a big test of Mayock and Gruden. If they really do want him, it’s clear they’re only bidding against themselves at this point. If they’d give up more than a 5th for him at this point, it’d be absolute malfeasance. If the Steelers want to be unreasonable, that’s their business. For a first? Let them keep him and continue to be their headache

  4. This is something the owners should address in the next CBA. I’m all for players requesting a trade. But, teams who have paid a player a signing bonus to enter into an agreement with the player for services over a certain time should have the ability to go after the signing bonus when a player intentionally damages his value while attempting to force a trade.

    When a team cuts a player, the player gets to hang on to his signing bonus. When a player “cuts” the team, he should have to pay it back.

  5. A trade would have been fine with me, but I’m just as happy watching him pout on the sideline or retiring. Mr. Big Chest isn’t bigger than the game. Next man up.

  6. Honestly at this point if I’m the steelers organization I sit on his contract, bench him and force him to retire. Entitled little crybaby.

  7. gpclaw says:
    March 8, 2019 at 8:04 am
    This is something the owners should address in the next CBA. I’m all for players requesting a trade. But, teams who have paid a player a signing bonus to enter into an agreement with the player for services over a certain time should have the ability to go after the signing bonus when a player intentionally damages his value while attempting to force a trade.

    When a team cuts a player, the player gets to hang on to his signing bonus. When a player “cuts” the team, he should have to pay it back.
    _________________________________________________________________________________

    This is one of the more well thought out ideas I have seen regarding the CBA on this site. It is a give and take, and this seems purely logical to me.

  8. If nobody trades or he refuses to go somewhere the Steelers have to cut him, they saw what Bell did last year and Brown will do likewise. Then a team will come in that he’ll be happy to play for. Whatever happens I think he’ll be playing in the NFL next season.

  9. Well. A deal process is exactly that. Weeding out the parties until the deal is done.

    So.

    It is going well is what I guess you are saying.

  10. Like I said a few days ago, he could end up staying in Pittsburgh, play a bit , get benched a bit and do his Mr. Big Chest impersonations and get benched some.
    He’s living in his dream world between the ears and can’t seem to find reality.

  11. This idiot doesn’t get it. He’s not a FA. Demand a trade and you remove your element of choice. Keep shouting your mouth off and watch those options vanish.

  12. There are many variables here for a trade. Compensation, Draft pick. Fitting under the cap, and guaranteed money. It also depends on where AB will go. I would give no more than a fourth and a player.

  13. Buffalo is up and coming as a team. There’s no reason not to want to play there unless football isn’t your priority. In that case, nobody should want you on their team, which seems increasingly to be the case.

  14. The Steelers management has become the laughing stock of the NFL for their inept handling of the situation between Big Ben and Mr. Big Checks. Taking less than a 1st round pick for him will make the Steelers and Rooneys appear weak so it may be time to shut down all trade talks and require Brown to play for the Steelers. Suspend him for any periodic outbursts or place him on the Did Not Report list and go after the $11+ million in signing bonus for the three years if he does not show up. Fine him the maximum permissible under the CBA for every infraction. Steeler fans loathe him so he will be verbally attacked at every “home” game which will likely precipitate another childish response justifying either Steeler or NFL sanction. Let Brown experience the disdain most fans feel for him. Watch him intentionally drop passes destroying his value and increasing the pressure on the NFLPA to try to influence him. Unless the Raiders offer a first round pick this is likely to be the story line for the off season – much to the consternation of the Rooneys and the NFL.

  15. “But, teams who have paid a player a signing bonus to enter into an agreement with the player for services over a certain time should have the ability to go after the signing bonus when a player intentionally damages his value while attempting to force a trade.”

    —-

    Good luck enforcing that one. “I think” doesn’t generally stand up in court.

  16. Every other NFL team knows the Steelers are trying to move him.
    It gives them all the upper hand so no team will come in high with an offer that is even close to an equitable trade.
    They will low-ball every offer knowing the Steelers options are bad and worse than bad.

  17. Let me solve this problem for you for the modest sum of 10k.
    AB give me a list of teams you are interested. Only request: it have to have 15 teams on it.
    Cross those out where you don’t wanna send him. (Pats, Browns) Ravens won’t throw the ball much in the next 2 years, and by the time Bengals will have a team AB will be a retiree.
    Call all others to see thier offers (if any).
    Send him to the highest bidder.
    This can be done by tomorrow.
    Should I send my bankaccount number?

  18. If I were the Steelers FO and Brown was posturing like he is now, after all this nonsense and the team bending over backward to work with him, I would be pretty upfront with him at this point. You tell him because of your social media rants, insulting teammates, the coach, and the front office and ownership, you will be suspended the first 4 games of the season. You will be suspended one day for every meeting you are late, every practice you don’t show up for and every defamatory social media post towards any current or former employees of the team. If you want to play hard ball, now you have it. You will lose a lot of money and big stats if you don’t make a trade feasable.

  19. Although elite and perhaps the best WR in the NFL, Brown is on the wrong side of 30 and a complete cancer. The Steelers shouldn’t expect anything better than a 2nd round pick for AB.

  20. gpclaw says:
    March 8, 2019 at 8:04 am
    This is something the owners should address in the next CBA. I’m all for players requesting a trade. But, teams who have paid a player a signing bonus to enter into an agreement with the player for services over a certain time should have the ability to go after the signing bonus when a player intentionally damages his value while attempting to force a trade.

    When a team cuts a player, the player gets to hang on to his signing bonus. When a player “cuts” the team, he should have to pay it back.

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

    Problem is the NFLPA has proof of years of incidents where teams cut players to avoid paying signing bonuses they were contracted to pay after back ending contracts or benching players so they wouldn’t hit contract incentives before hitting free agency.

    That would be a serious double standard to agree to terms where the team can do it but the players can’t so I doubt they’d agree to give the owners leverage over them like that.

  21. He’s making it hard, taking cue from LeVeon, to move him anywhere other than the street. The good teams that could afford/use him don’t wanna give up the equity. Those willing to give up the equity (Buffalo) he doesn’t want to be a part of.
    He wants to be cut, Stealers get nothing if they do it. Not even compensatory. Steelers should get his list of teams he is willing to show up to, and start hitting them up for compensation. Even if it’s a late 2 or conditional pick.

  22. You guys saying a 4th-5th round pick for the best WR in the world? Haha delusional.

    The dude put up 1,300 yards and 15 TDs in 15 games in a down year. You guys are just praying to get him for scraps. lol.

  23. I am not so sure that Pittsburgh really wants to trade Antonio Brown, what has he put on the table if a trade doesn’t happen . . . that he doesn’t need football, won’t play for the Steelers again and will just retire. Well that certainly bodes well for Pittsburgh, as his behavior allows them to get out from under his huge cap number and try to recoup part of his signing bonus (ala Ricky Williams). If Brown is cut or traded the Steelers would have about $21 million of dead cap space, if he plays for them he counts against the cap at $22 million. Additionally Brown signed a 4 year extension in 2017, which include a $19 million signing bonus at $3.8 million for 2017, 18, 19, 20 and an option year of 2021. So if he were to retire then only 2/5ths of that signing bonus would have been earned and the Steelers could recoup $11.4 million and go after the $2.5 million roster bonus that is scheduled to be paid on March 14, 2019. So if the Steelers demand so much in a trade, like a 1st round pick which is absolutely laughable, that Antonio Brown decides to retire or sit out then they can recoup $13.9 million and avoid paying him his base salary of $12.625 million and potentially regain the lost $21 – $22 million in cap space currently dedicated to Brown. Honestly knowing how much Brown has destroyed his market value with his obnoxious behavior, demands for specific team dynamics and his very vocal demand for a new contract, Pittsburgh has probably come to the conclusion that the best outcome for the organization is Brown to walk away from the game.

  24. The Steelers should just take whatever they can get for him and get his salary off of their books.

  25. Considering how disappointing their first round picks have been lately… if I’m the Ravens I move in while the market is super cold.

    Your first round pick for the best receiver in the league? And you KNOW he’d be motivated to have two shots at the Steelers.

    If I’m the Browns I’m also moving in with all their draft capital. The Bengals… Brown probably wouldn’t show up to just like Buffalo.

  26. Maybe this drama will drive the Steelers’ price down, so some teams might become interested again.

  27. AB can play hard ball all he wants. If the Steelers don’t receive at least a 1, he doesn’t play again, simple as that. I’m sure the Steelers don’t mind moving on why know other teams don’t receive benefits for his services. My guess is he goes to the raiders.

  28. Raiders offer their 2nd round pick (35th overall) for Mr Big Chest and Pittsburgh’s 6th round pick (from Oakland – 175th pick overall). Getting back the Raiders pick from the Ryan Switzer-6th for Steelers 5th (now AJ McCarron) trade.

  29. Steelers vs Brown is going to get ugly…could be a hot pile of garbage this summer……

  30. Steelers are setting the stage for a conduct detrimental claim against Brown. They will get his unearned pro-rata share of his signing bonus back and he will sit without pay. If Brown could have acted like a mature adult and kept quiet throughout this process, he could have attracted a lot of attention and maybe got a new contract. Now he may not be able to be traded since the Steelers won’t be bossed by a moron like Brown to just give him away for a bag of peanuts after their investment. That is not how they do business. And, the more Brown acts up, the worse he hurts his own chances.

  31. So if he has refused to play for all teams except the Raiders then says he will only play for the Raiders for 100 mil over 5 years, it doesn’t leave any options. Will he ever play again?

  32. who would of thought that a 31 year old locker room cancer, who has openly stated he wants even more money and also told teams that they’ll play by his rules, would have a hard time finding a team wanting to trade for him….. I’m completely shocked…

  33. If the Raiders aren’t giving up a 1, Brown is not playing and no one else receives his services. If AB wants to play hardball, he doesn’t have to play.

  34. SWFLPC.INC says:
    March 8, 2019 at 8:10 am
    Remember when delusional Steelers’ fans were demanding a 1st and even more for AB?

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

    I think, in the very beginning some thought, a desperate team might fork over a first round pick, maybe, even a fairly high one. Up until a few days ago, I could have seen the Raiders giving up the 27th overall. Highly doubt that will happen, but it is Gruden and the Raiders. They gave up a 3rd rounder for Martavis Bryant, for crying out loud.

    But, in general, and at this point, the hope of a first round pick for him is almost as delusional as the thoughts of those thinking the Steelers are going to outright release him.

  35. So, let me think about this. The guy is over 30, is demanding a new contract, has adopted an alter ego persona called “Mr. Big Chest” (whatever that means) and quits on his team and does not play in a game with playoff implications. And no one is interested in trading for him? Go figure.

  36. If the Steelers don’t get what they think is fair AB wont be traded forcing his hand. As a money grabber he will need to make a bid decision to walk away having to repay his bonus money or come back with his tail between his legs and play for the Steelers. Either way it will cost him.

  37. Who knew that Antonio Brown dressing up as a singing hippo would be the sanest part of this saga.

  38. NFL Network is scrambling to cover their rear end, for bogus report about Buffalo getting Brown!

  39. If I’m remembering correctly, AB still has 2 years on his current deal. So the Steelers want a first round pick for him (at least, reportedly) PLUS the new team has to consider that AB wants a new contract with a lot of guaranteed money.

    I don’t know why anyone would give up a first rounder for him at this point, and then you have the headache of trying to make AB happy with a new contract. I think the Steelers are gonna have AB on their hands for a long time.

  40. Al Davis would treat him like Marcus Allen! Only time he saw the field was in pregame warmups.

  41. This isn’t the Le’Veon Bell situation! Brown is still under Contract, if he doesn’t show up, The Steelers don’t have to pay him. The small roster bonus is a small price to pay, to hold the hammer. Don’t give in to a Guy who QUIT on his team in a must win game!!!!!!

  42. This is going to be a big test of Mayock and Gruden. If they really do want him, it’s clear they’re only bidding against themselves at this point.
    _______________

    Haven’t they already failed the test, though? They just moved Amari Cooper because he was too expensive. Now, it’s all in for Antonio Brown and his much bigger contract? Brown is better than Cooper, but for this coming season he also is set to make $9 million more than Cooper. What’s going to be next? Signing a pass rusher for more than they would have had to pay Khalil Mack?

  43. Here’s the deal:

    Brown isn’t worth a first round pick, and probably not a second round pick. Why? He’s no different than any other troubled, but talented free agent. Brown wants to renegotiate his contract for more guaranteed money, which means he wants his contract reset to the current market value, just like any other free agent. Now if a team signs a quality free agent, that teams ends up surrendering a compensatory third round pick, assuming of course they lost a quality free agent during this offseason. Therefore, trading for Brown shouldn’t cost more than a third round pick.

    That’s why the Pittsburgh first round pick demands generated little to no interest.

  44. His attitude has a lot to do with no one wanting him on their team. You only have to listen to what he has had to say and realize he is a Prima Donna who wants it his way, or no way.
    Sick of listening to his story. Just go and retire.

  45. One of two things is going to happen; the Steelers will get fair value for Antonio Brown or Antonio Brown will play for the Pittsburgh Steelers next year.

  46. Sooner or later Mr Big Chest will realize that the Steelers have all of the leverage. If they don’t get the pick they want, he stays with them. If he doesn’t show up, they don’t pay him. They have him for what 2 or 3 more years under contract? Good luck sitting a year as a 30+ y/o WR, does he think the situation will be BETTER this time next year?

  47. How many seasons in a row are the Steelers going to do this?

    I mean sometimes it’s better to just get rid of the cancer in the locker room and move on.

    The Eagles did that with Desean Jackson and LeSean McCoy, people can blame Chip Kelly for dicthing talent, but those guys came with a lot of Drama and off field garbage. I swear the locker room got a lot better after both of those moves……and a new head coach.

  48. I hope that he cant be moved and that the Steelers have to eat that contract without a player to show for it.

    They dug this grave, now dig out. Good luck AB, you’re going to NEED it with the Jets and Raiders

  49. Mr. Big Chest is Mr. Bigger Ego
    You can’t want to get out of a solid organization like Pittsburgh and then complain about lesser places.

  50. The Steelers really can’t recoup his bonus unless no team will take him for a 7th rounder. If they overestimate his market value (30+, crazy, wants big money, etc) that’s their problem.

    His problem is that he’s not going to end up with a team that is better than the Steelers, and he’s not getting 20 million a year, or anything close.

    I think a 4th rounder is equitable, but hopefully not in DC. Redskins have enough problems, no thanks!

  51. “I wouldn’t trade anything for the guy, but if a team wanted him couldn’t they structure it as conditional upon him showing up?”

    I’m pretty sure every contract is conditional on the player showing up. That’s why Bell didn’t get paid last year. Problem is who wants to give picks for a player who has already said he’s going to hold out for a better contract? AB has really screwed the Steelers here, he is basically forcing his release, unless they want to keep him and deal with a prolonged holdout all season (again). He has destroyed his trade value. Any team giving a pick in the first 3 rounds for him without already having a contract in place that AB agrees to, is totally crazy.

    I predict Steelers trade him at next to nothing value, or cut him. They need to move on from the distraction.

  52. Antonio Brown scared off many teams with his conduct since not being named Steelers’ MVP. And when risk goes up, price goes down. And good teams don’t want him screwing things up with their locker room. That leaves the bad teams…

  53. The 49ers should offer a 2020 6th round pick, take it or leave it. Brown is going to put the kibosh on any deal that doesn’t involve a team he approves of. We all know the team he REALLY wants to play for, so low ball the hell out of the Steelers and let them come around to wanting something rather than nothing.

  54. vikesfansteve says:
    March 8, 2019 at 9:51 am
    So if he has refused to play for all teams except the Raiders then says he will only play for the Raiders for 100 mil over 5 years, it doesn’t leave any options. Will he ever play again?

    ——————————————————————————–

    When did he say that he refused to play for anyone other than the Raiders?

  55. Pitt should not trade him, sit his butt on the bench, he will lash out, then they can suspend for conduct detrimental to the team. Then they can take away some of his salary. This guy is a joke.

  56. As a Bills fan I thought of AB as a great WR. Now he reminds me of T.O. I think Big Ben made AB great not the other way around. The team that does get him will have to throw the ball to him on every play or he’ll be threatening to sit out. Damn crybaby.

  57. The Steelers should just end the drama, trade him to the first team that offers them a 7th round draft pick out of spite.

  58. “udub says:
    March 8, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    The Steelers should just end the drama, trade him to the first team that offers them a 7th round draft pick out of spite.”

    Apparently he will just nix those trades too…

  59. Whatever GM trades for Brown will officially be the dumbest GM in the NFL. The Steelers should have to give a team a 3rd round pick and pay half of Brown’s salary to take him off their hands.

  60. gpclaw says:
    March 8, 2019 at 8:04 am
    This is something the owners should address in the next CBA. I’m all for players requesting a trade. But, teams who have paid a player a signing bonus to enter into an agreement with the player for services over a certain time should have the ability to go after the signing bonus when a player intentionally damages his value while attempting to force a trade.

    When a team cuts a player, the player gets to hang on to his signing bonus. When a player “cuts” the team, he should have to pay it back.

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

    If the owners are willing to let players “cut” teams as easily as teams cut players then I don’t think the players would have any problem requiring that signing bonuses be paid back.

    But I don’t think that there is a chicken’s chance that the owners would allow that to happen.

    The fact is that even with the tactics of Brown and Bell the owners still have the “upper hand” in contract negotiations because the contracts that they enter into with players are binding for the duration for players but not for owners.

  61. I don’t blame Brown one bit for refusing to go to Buffalo, I remember when a newly drafted rookie who haden’t taken a single snap in the NFL refused to play for the Chargers and no one said a word, everyone stuck up for him? I think a guy who’s put up the numbers Brown has deserves a choice as to where he goes!

    BTW contrary to what the media wants you to think or believe this isn’t over by a LOOONNNNGGGGG WAYS!!!
    And who knows, maybe Brown is just trying to hook the Steelers for that $2.5mil bonus(due in just a few days) one last time before he leaves.

Leave a Reply

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