After all the noise about where Antonio Brown could go, with the Raiders being the loudest name being mentioned, seemingly out of nowhere, the Bills appear to be ready to trade for him according to NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport.
Sources: The #Steelers are closing in on a deal to send star WR Antonio Brown to the Buffalo #Bills. There it is.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2019
Compensation is not yet known. The Steelers were said to be asking for a first round pick, but the Bills only first round pick is 9th overall and that is highly unlikely. More likely the trade would involve their pick at 40 overall in the second round or maybe even their pick at 74.
The Steelers are desperate to deal the 31-year-old former All Pro and some teams were hesitant to take on the headache and contract demands Brown will have. The Raiders appear to be one of them. Acquiring Brown never made a lot of sense for the Raiders anyway. Based on what it would cost in trade, what his contract would be, and what would be a short term answer for a rebuilding team looking to the future.
Update: Take this for what it’s worth, but upon seeing this news, Antonio Brown called it “Fake news”