The market for Antonio Brown is heating up. The Steelers All Pro receiver is said to be generating interest from several NFL teams. Among them are the Raiders according to several reports including NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Add the #Raiders to this, along with several others. There is a market developing. https://t.co/8rcEHVV1iW— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2019
This comes a day after Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com said similar about the Raiders interest in trading for Brown
“Strong speculation is that the Oakland Raiders will be in the mix for Antonio Brown when talks on trading the receiver are narrowed down.”
This much smoke usually means fire.
Jon Gruden was asked about whether Brown’s age (31) or the amount of money he is expected to demand with a trade would be an issue for a trade, and Gruden was non-committal.
“I’m not going to speculate about anybody,” Gruden said. “We are going to look at every vehicle possible. Certainly the financial part of every acquisition has to be considered, but we are going to look into everybody’s availability and what we think is best for our team.”
It’s been known since early January that Brown was not happy and wanted out of Pittsburgh. At that time, Rapoport himself listed a whole slew of NFL teams who figure to have interest in Brown and the Raiders were not among them. And as of a of late February, the Raiders were not even among the top ten in odds to land Brown.
Brown officially said his goodbye to the Steelers three weeks ago and his behavior since then may have turned off some teams. It also may have lowered the amount required to trade for him.