Steelers Agree To Trade Antonio Brown?

Antonio Brown‘s meeting with Art Rooney may lead to a divorce between the two sides. At the meeting, which was later joined by agent Drew Rosenhaus, GM Kevin Colbert, and executive Omar Kahn, everyone agreed the trade will be for the best,” a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). 

With that, the Steelers have more or less promised to find Brown a suitable trade. However, Brown has not been given the OK to speak to other teams, Mike Florio of PFT hears.

No trade can become official until March 13, but the Steelers can work out a tentative deal with another team between now and then. For example, the Ravens and Broncos shook hands on the Joe Flacco trade last week, though that trade will not be official for a few more weeks.

If Pittsburgh deals Brown before March 17, it would saddle the franchise with just more than $21MM in dead money. That number rises to $23.2MM after St. Patrick’s Day, because of a $2.5MM bonus due that day. A trade after June 1 would allow the team to avoid absorbing that cap hit all at once. No trade can be finalized until March 13, when the new league year opens.

Despite friction with key Steelers figures and being overshadowed by JuJu Smith-Schuster at times last year, Brown earned his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl selection as he caught 104 catches, 1,297 yards and a league-leading and career-high 15 touchdowns. The future Hall of Famer has been consistently dominant since the 2013 season and remarkably healthy in that span, too.

Even though he may have some red flags, Brown is unquestionably the hottest player on the trade block at this time. Of course, Odell Beckham Jr. could give him a run for his money in that regard if the Giants truly decide to shop him.

Brown has scared off at least one interested team with his tweets and he still may have to answer for a January domestic dispute. We’ll soon find out how badly those red flags will impact Brown’s market.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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    • acarneglia

      Funchess, Samuel, Moore, and McCaffery all have/will have large roles in passing game moving forward. Green Bay already has Adams, St. Brown, and Valdez-Scantling, amongst others

      • Hen1CHC

        Funchess didn’t ever have a large role this year and will be gone soon. Curtis and Moore and young still and McCaffrey is overworked.
        Not saying the Panthers should go get him but they could use the help still

      • augold5

        You really think the Packers are content with either St. Brown and MVS as their WR2?

      • TheTruth12

        I can promise you that no one would choose St Brown or Scantling over AB

      • KYRedSox17

        The Packers have some interesting talent for a W3..but they need help. I’m fine with the current RB situation, but they can’t live with Adams and a banged up Graham. Cobb was hurt again and now likely gone. They have to get Rodgers another weapon.

    • ahale224

      I don’t think Brown would like either trade destination. He wants to not have competition for being the number 1, which might name green bay hesitate. And I’m sure he’d put up decent numbers in Carolina, but is Cam accurate enough to maximize him? San Fran would be my best guess.

      • sigdawg25

        doesn’t matter if he likes it or not. Steelers can trade him to whatever team they choose and he can’t do anything about it. Steelers will trade him to the team that makes best offer.

  1. barjerni50

    Greedy Prima Donna, great receiver, but sometimes they need to realize they aren’t bigger than the game itself,… he needs to

  2. mattcubs

    Doesn’t he want a new contract from the team he is traded to as well? or will he honor the current contract if he is traded?

  3. Senioreditor

    Dudes gonna catch a 120 passes this year and probably from either Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees

    • JustDoYourJob

      Man, that would be fun to see him in New Orleans or hey, KC. Those would be a show.

    • crosseyedlemon

      It would probably be worth it just to hear Dez go off on a ballistic rant….lol.

  4. dust44

    Jets 2nd rounder, Darron Lee and swap 4ths. And the jets can have him and then go sign Bell. Won’t help because they have no OLine. Would b better to trade him to the 9ers. For a second and fourth or fifth.

    • Dodgethis

      No way. Brown isn’t worth a first rounded. A second will be pushing it. Team has no leverage.

    • connfyoozed

      Assuming he plays at least a couple more years and puts up stats anywhere close to what he’s been doing, he’s a shoo-in. His numbers over the last 6 seasons are almost unprecedented for volume and consistency over that long of a span. Depending on where he ends up his numbers could very well drop, maybe even significantly, but he’s already at 837 catches and 79 total TDs and he’s only 30 (he’ll be 31 by the time training camp starts).

  5. Z-A

    28th in Receptions
    34th in Yards
    35th in TDs
    He’ll end up Top-10 in each category with 3 years of average production.

  6. Z-A

    49ers or Seahawks take your pick – they have the cap space to do the trade.

  7. Munsonmanor4

    I certainly hope Mr. Rooney sat him down and said look, you want to be traded and we want to trade you. However, if you keep running your mouth and driving down your value, we’ll keep you here and on the sidelines. Keep your mouth shut and let us do our best to help both of us get what we want. Cliche, but help me….help you!

    • crosseyedlemon

      Are you serious? If it wasn’t for the Rooney’s arrogance and condescending attitude towards his star players none of this internal turmoil would have occurred. You can’t lecture grown men like they are children.You have to give respect to receive it.

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