Source: Deal for Antonio Brown to Bills “not even close”

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A tapping of the brakes on a possible trade of Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is in order.

A source told PFT’s Mike Florio early Friday morning that an NFL Network report of a trade nearing completion that would send Brown to the Buffalo Bills is “erroneous.” Additionally, a deal with the Bills regarding Brown is “not even close.”

NFL Network reported Thursday night that the Bills and Steelers were closing in on a deal to send Brown to Buffalo. In a reply to the official NFL instagram account, Brown offered a reply of “fake news” with a siren emoji from his verified instagram account.

Brown and the Steelers are likely headed toward a divorce as the two sides have been at odds ever since Brown did not play in the final game of the regular season. Brown has also expressed frustration over Ben Roethlisberger and what he felt was misplaced criticism by the Steelers’ quarterback.

While a trade to move Brown out of Pittsburgh may very well happen in the near future, it’s not happening right now with the Bills.

30 responses to “Source: Deal for Antonio Brown to Bills “not even close”

  1. Thank God! Teams realize that 52 > 1 ! The cost is too great! AB has successfully alienated himself from the entire NFL. And besides, as he has told the world, I don’t need to play football!

  2. More tabloid journalism from Rappaport.Darn shame the NFL allows a TMZ-like platform for information.Right or wrong,I don’t know why any NFL executive would let him.or the guy at ESPN know what’s really going on with their team.Just shows the sad state the NFL is in.

  3. It would teach Brown quite a lesson lol.

    Aaron Rogers to Antonio Brown.

    Two first round picks
    A boat load of cap space

    A QB who would not take any AB GUFF

    A TEAM AND NEW COACH EAGER TO GET AARON PLAYING UP TO HOS VONTRACT.

  4. Fake news is right.
    EVERY media outlet is desperately trying to be the first to break the news of an AB trade.
    Until the Steelers announce it, everything else is fake news IMHO.

  5. douce54 says:
    March 8, 2019 at 6:03 am
    Of course AB tweets that it’ not true…..why would he want to go there.

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    In order to play with the best QB to come into the league in the last five years.

  6. Can’t see AB to the Bills happening. It’s a fairly young team there… No way the management team would want to introduce a prima donna of Brown’s magnitude to a group still finding their way.

  7. Antonio Brown has exactly as much say in the matter as the Steelers allow him. If they are willing to accept conditional picks, he goes where they send him, or he can retire.

  8. Report: There are currently 31 teams in the NFL that are not interested in signing Antonio Brown. The 32nd team is desperately trying to get rid of him.

  9. Beggars can’t be choosers & the entire league knows that Brown wants OUT OF PITTSBURGH & that Pittsburgh will not trade within the division or within the Conference to a contender. I believe this is Pittsburgh “threatening” Brown & showing him how much much worse it can be. You don’t want to play here? Here….go play & live in BUFFALO. UGH. And I’m a die hard Bills fan. Buffalo is going NOWHERE for at least another 3-4 seasons. AB does not help.

    AB has 2 more elite seasons left….in the correct offense on the correct team. An NFC contender, RIGHT NOW, where an elite WR could be the difference. And obviously can afford him….
    GREEN BAY
    CHICAGO
    RAMS
    DALLAS
    CAROLINA
    SEATTLE

  10. douce54 says:
    March 8, 2019 at 6:03 am
    Of course AB tweets that it’ not true…..why would he want to go there.

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    It’s really ok because we don’t want a prima donna loike him. He will be out of football soon

  11. Glad to see NFL Network on top of everything…like their HORRIBLE Casserly report of Murray’s poor interviewing – since contradicted by several coaches and teams.

  12. askafeld says:
    March 8, 2019 at 6:26 am
    Can’t see AB to the Bills happening. It’s a fairly young team there… No way the management team would want to introduce a prima donna of Brown’s magnitude to a group still finding their way.
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    Exactly! More important to Josh Allen’s growth is a good vet center, a right tackle, and possibly a right guard, another TE and at least one, maybe two receivers. And all those players need to believe in “the Process” and culture that McBean are building in Buffalo.

  13. rpw84 says:
    March 8, 2019 at 3:47 am
    Thank God! Teams realize that 52 > 1 ! The cost is too great! AB has successfully alienated himself from the entire NFL. And besides, as he has told the world, I don’t need to play football!

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    Completely agree, and that’s the last thing that Allen needs right now either. “Looks good on paper,” but caveat emptor!

    If Brown was hard on Roeth imagine what he’ll end up doing to poor Allen. Then again, could be interesting, although not in a good way, because Allen’s got his own confidence and swagger.

  14. This Bill’s fan is sighing in relief. Why would anyone want a player who complains about number of targets in wins. His ESPN interview showed enough. Never his fault and wants respect without giving any. Teams have won without him.

  15. The sticking part on these trades is that AB is demanding that the contract include language the requires him to be voted the teams MVP at the end of the season, and some of these teams aren’t willing to allow it…

  16. It’s not fake news (a truly overblown phrase). There were negotiations between the Bills and Steelers. To say this is fake news is ridiculous. Rapoport jumped the gun on the “deal” but they WERE in negotiations. This isn’t tabloid reporting. It’s the media’s ridiculous need to “be first”.

  17. Stupid to dump the cap space required for a WR like Brown when you require an average guard, centre, tackle, and blocking TE so your pocket doesn’t collapse halfway through Brown running a route

  18. AB is about as tepid as a used car. The current owner says it’s a great deal….but the buyers don’t want to pay anything near the asking price.

  19. Translating “Fake News” –

    I just wanna go to a team that’s already put all the hard work and sacrifice into being a winning team and then swoop in and take credit for ALL of it.

    – AB48

  20. Stupid to dump the cap space required for a WR like Brown when you require an average guard, centre, tackle, and blocking TE so your pocket doesn’t collapse halfway through Brown running a route
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    IF a trade is made, Brown is a bargain; $12,625,000

    As a comparison; that was Randall Cobbs cap hit each of the last 2 years.. good for 1000 yards, 6 tds, and less than 10yds/rec.. Brown; 200 rec, 2800 yards, 24 tds, 13.8 yds/rec

    .. the problem for teams is, Brown wants new money. Just the $12mil and change?! teams would be falling all over themselves to get their paws on him!

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