Steelers G.M.: Antonio Brown trade “in the best interest of the Pittsburgh Steelers”

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The Raiders were rolling out the red carpet for Antonio Brown.

As you might imagine, the Steelers took a more low-key approach.

After announcing that they had acquired third- and fifth-round picks (66th and 141st overall) for one of the best players in football, they were emphasizing the future.

“We have traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders,” General Manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement from the team. “We believe the compensation, which will now give us four picks in the first 83 selections and 10 overall in the upcoming NFL Draft can benefit our efforts to improve our team in 2019 and beyond.

“Antonio remains one of the best players in the National Football League, but as we believe, this move was in the best interest of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We wish Antonio all the best the rest of his career.”

Stressing the rebuilding of a receiving corps is normal, but the Steelers have traditionally been able to backfill at the position — such as when they used a sixth-round pick in 2010 to take a kid from Central Michigan named Antonio Brown.

21 responses to “Steelers G.M.: Antonio Brown trade “in the best interest of the Pittsburgh Steelers”

  1. It was a lose-lose situation for the Steelers. They got what the could and have moved on. Not much else to be said.

  2. Didn’t the Steelers lose to Tim Tebow and Blake Bortles in the playoffs? Still funny even to this day. What a dumpster fire they have become the past years!

  3. Antonio Brown is gone but the Steelers were short changed by the Raiders. That trade was a steal.

  4. They were worried about Brown ending up in the AFC North on another team, instead now they get to deal with OBJ twice a season.

  5. The compensation seems inadequate, especially in light of the OBJ trade. But Colbert’s been a terrific GM for a long time in Pittsburgh, and he’s right about one thing: The team is better off without Brown. What’s done is done. Time to move forward.

    As for worrying about Brown ending up in the AFCN and now having to contend with Beckham … no team willingly trades a top-three receiver to a division rival. But the only thing Colbert could have done to prevent OBJ going to Cleveland was to outbid the Browns for him. And that was a nonstarter.

  6. WOW.

    One of the Best QBs future HOF’er, top 5 Running back, top wide receiver, and the best #2 wide receiver.

    How are the Steelers not dominating?

    Only answer is a lack of leadership.

  7. rewan nayshen says:
    March 13, 2019 at 5:32 pm
    Steelers grow their own. Remember, Brown was a 6th round pick and Bell was a reach.

    Bell was the exact opposite of a reach. He should have been the first running back taken in the draft and the bengals were stupid enough to take Gio Bernard instead

  8. Except don’t tell the world your taking nothing less then a 1st Round pick and then accept a 3rd and a 5th. You might was well say nothing. Not a smart business move, Colbert.

  9. Frankly, I trust Kevin Colbert more with a 3rd and 5th round draft pick than a 1st anyway lol. What’s done is done, moving on.

    AB gets to be a showboating nutcase in a new city, and hopefully the Steelers will become a football team again.

  10. Brown came in as a 6th round pick. Somebody tell me who the receivers coach is or was. Yeah, I dont know either. He had some good receivers to learn from. But he had a QB who taught him most of what he knows about reading defenses. Now hes got Carr. And a month ago there were rumors Gruden was gonna shop him around. And he should. I’ve been a steeler fan from the day I was born. AB is an awesome player, but he’ll learn the same lesson Mike Wallace learned. It’s the system, not the player. And if it were the player. It would be the QB if you’re talking the passing game. The Steelers have had a couple bad years. So let’s say they have another. The talk will be about how brown wasn’t the problem. But if we take the division and make the playoffs. I know two teams who better not be at home. And if they are. I know two former Steelers who will probably be laying low. Bell will find out what it’s like to play behind an average line. And Brown will see what it’s like to chase balls thrown by a below average QB.

  11. CONTINUED- when the raiders and jets are wondering why our old players didnt help them get to the playoffs. To Bell and Brown. Prepare yourelves for something you have not experienced in the NFL. Average blocking for Bell and chasing balls that are off their mark for Brown. You both deserve to be humbled. You are now and always have been and always will be 1/53rd of the team you are on. No matter what your stats or status reads. You cannot be a champion without the other 52%.

  12. “We’re not going to move a significant player for less than significant compensation”

    Kevin Colbert Feb 20, 2019

  13. Colbert is right.The obnoxious and unruly Pittsburgh fans dont deserve a player like Brown. They deserve mediocrity and sadness which is what they’re going to get. So, in that sense, this is the best move for the team.

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