Brandon Beane: Bills were never even close to a deal with Antonio Brown

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Bills General Manager Brandon Beane says his team was never near a deal to bring in Antonio Brown, despite reports to the contrary.

Beane said on PFT Live that although he did talk to the Steelers about what kind of compensation they would want in a trade, the Bills and Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, never came close to any kind of agreement about a contract for Brown. The Steelers eventually traded Brown to the Raiders, who were willing to meet his contract demands.

“We had productive talks with Kevin Colbert, with Pittsburgh, but one of the things I made clear with Kevin early on is we would have to be comfortable with where the compensation is going to have to be with AB’s representatives, and that was never something that we were even close on,” Beane said.

Beane said that by the time reports emerged that a deal could be close, he already knew it wasn’t going to happen.

“We just didn’t get far enough down the road,” Beane said. “There’s compensation with the Steelers and then there’s compensation with the player. We were just never able to work out all sides to make that happen. It had totally died down before that tweet came out that was erroneous. It wasn’t like it was heating up at that point. Talks had stalled well before.”

Brown and Rosenhaus made it clear that a team trading for Brown had better be willing to pay him what he thinks he’s worth. The Raiders and Brown could come to an agreement, the Bills and Brown couldn’t, and that’s why Brown is a Raider.

10 responses to “Brandon Beane: Bills were never even close to a deal with Antonio Brown

  1. Antonio Brown looks salty against the world. Pittsburgh and Buffalo can just point and laugh.

  2. Very few of these div actually work out in the long run. They normally peak, cash in big time, and then under-perform for their new team or get injured. Brown is a great player, but I`m glad Beane didn`t over-pay. It was smart to walk away.

  3. ryann252013 says:
    March 25, 2019 at 8:23 am
    Why does he keep responding? looks scorned.
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    He’s not scorned. He’s tired of people buying into the perception that Brown axed the trade because it was Buffalo instead of the truth which was the Bills weren’t going to redo his current contract.He didn’t care where he went as long as he got paid.

  4. Talks stalled when Brown laughed upon being told Buffalo wanted to know what kind of contract would be needed. I’ll give Beane credit for doing due diligence but as a Bills fan I’m glad that Brown isn’t in Buffalo.

  5. If this were Marv Levy’s Bills FA’s would go to them. Sadly it no longer is and nobody wants to live in Buffalo. Just ain’t going to happen. AB probably told them I will retire if you trade me to Buffalo. Until Brady retires any team in the PATS division will have trouble with FA’s.

  6. I find it hilarious and pathetic at how the people of Buffalo and the GM can’t admit that Brown didn’t want anything to do with Buffalo.

    Marquee players do not go to Buffalo.

  7. vikesfansteve says:
    March 25, 2019 at 9:20 am

    If this were Marv Levy’s Bills FA’s would go to them. Sadly it no longer is and nobody wants to live in Buffalo. Just ain’t going to happen.
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    If this were Marv levy’s Bills, it would be before there was a salary cap. No one went to the Bills in the late 80’s because of Marv Levy. They went there because Ralph Wilson stood back and let Bill Polian run the team and pay players what it took to bring them in.

  8. Nobody deals with Rosenhaus but desperate fools. He will blow his money and live inmomma’s basement, just like Joe Toronto

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