Well, that got ugly quick. Reports swirled yesterday that Antonio Brown had been held out of the Steelers’ finale against the Bengals because he violated some rules in practice. Then it turned out he had thrown a football at a teammate at practice and then walked out. And THEN it turned out said teammate was Ben Roethlisberger.
Today, word comes that Brown has requested a trade from the Steelers.
Report: Antonio Brown has requested a trade https://t.co/MpKhzpnuow— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 1, 2019
Will he get his wish? The money might suggest that it would be difficult.
Antonio Brown Cap Charge to @steelers in 2019:— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) January 1, 2019
On Roster: $22.1 million
Off Roster: $21.1 million
Translation: he's not going anywhere.
Still, the Steelers are never one to coddle a headache like this. You keep your head down and you play, or you can go. So perhaps they would eat that dead money for the right compensation- it’s not like they have a big problem at receiver.
Antonio Brown is already 30, but he’s one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and has been for some time. One of the big problems for the Raiders this year was a lack of offensive weapons, and what better way to make a splash for newly minted Raiders GM Mike Mayock than to make a play for an elite player right off the bat?
The Raiders have three first-round picks, let’s say they trade the Bears pick for Brown. That would make the trade, essentially, Khalil Mack for Antonio Brown and another first rounder. That looks exponentially better than Mack for two dice-roll college players, even considering Brown’s age.
So what do you think, Raider Nation? Should Oakland be on the phone as we speak, seeing what they can get for Brown? Do you think the Steelers would even take Oakland’s second rounder for Brown? Or is this all a charade and Brown isn’t going anywhere?
Should the Raiders try to trade for Antonio Brown?
This poll is closed
Yes, offer a first-rounder
Yes, but don’t offer more than a second-rounder
No- he’s too old and risky