Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert on NFL Network last week stated that already three teams have reached out to the the team about what it would take to ship out unhappy wide out Antonio Brown from the teams’ roster on to theirs.
That’s not a stretch to think that probably 8-10 more teams are going to come calling about Brown, but if you check odds on NFL betting online, you will see that there’s a few front runners to get Brown off the Steelers hands, and rightfully so they are all NFC teams.
The Steelers are not going to play dumb in this process of trading a wide out that has been one of the biggest pieces of their offense over the past seven seasons, and to think they are going to ship him to a team in the AFC at this point is just silly.
Why make a team like the Chiefs, Raiders, Patriots, Broncos or even the rival Browns better, all at the hands of a player who simply took his ball and went home in week 17 prior to the game against the Bengals?
The Steelers know better, and are much more likely to listen and eventually (if the price is right) make a deal with the likes of the in-state Eagles, the Cardinals, or even the 49’ers, a team that Brown has spoken about quite a bit since all the drama with Mike Tomlin and the team started.
The best offer might actually come from a big team in the AFC (like the Pats or Chiefs), but at the end of the day the Steelers can’t screw this up (hard to believe they are even at this point with Brown), and if a deal is going to be made, they have to make it with a team in the NFC who they will see once every few years.
Forget about messing around with teams in the AFC, the biggest question now is if the team will trade Brown now or pay him the $2.5 million roster bonus that becomes due on March 17th?
If making the deal the correct way is by waiting, the team should just pay him the bonus on March 17th, and not force the deal too early.
The club has to be careful, as they know with getting rid of Brown it’s going to be a PR nightmare, and already they have been bashed in the media enough this offseason.
Don’t mess with teams in the AFC, forget they even exist and if you’re going to make this move – make it in the NFC, and make sure you fleece them for as much as you can get.