Raiders 'intrigued' by Steelers WR Antonio Brown

Unlike previous reports the Steelers have strategically passed along to the media, the team was smart enough this time to not include any interested teams - opting instead to keep the supposed bidders anonymous.

Contrary to a suggestion by The Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman that the Philadelphia Eagles are not interested in Brown, La Canfora added that the Eagles are "monitoring" Brown's situation, as are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.

Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Moreover, his recent stubborn and troubling comments making reference to the new team needing to "play by his rules" completely contrast with the wants and needs of Adam Gase's new locker room.

Brown has asked for a trade after his relationship with the Steelers went south last season. Some are looking for a quality player.

There's a real possibility the Steelers end up trading Brown to a team with a very young and potentially inexperienced quarterback and/or coach. "OK, yeah, they're a competitor, but what they're giving us far exceeds what these other folks are willing to do". It depends on what the compensation is.

They had to trade away Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper to get that kind of draft capital, but Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock are building the team they see fit and it wouldn't shock me at all to see Brown join the Raiders. Although the Steelers would emerge victorious, a Baltimore Ravens victory in Week 17 would wind up costing them a spot in the playoffs. But they might not be prepared for what Brown is going to bring.

Brown, arguably the best receiver in the league, is signed through the next three seasons and is set to make $12.65 million in 2019, $11.3 million in 2020, and $12.5 million in 2021.

  • Steve Townsend