Steelers remain in holding pattern with Antonio Brown
- Author: Steve Townsend Mar 09, 2019,
Mar 09, 2019, 1:16
Brown forced his way out and now will have to catch passes from sophomore Josh Allen while wading through one of the league's biggest rebuilds.
This, obviously, is par for the course, but the unusual part came in the comment section for the deal. Then two Bills reporters said nothing was happening.
Sure, they could send him into football purgatory by telling him to sit while they pay him millions, but the Steelers would rather shut the door on the distractions Brown brings and get compensation in the process.
Pittsburgh had told teams earlier this week that they were hoping to move Brown by Friday. A source this morning called a Brown-to-Buffalo trade "unlikely". "The Steelers now must find another suitor". According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the three teams that have shown the most interest are the Oakland Raiders, Tennesssee Titans and Washington Redskins.
It remains possible that some team will gravitate too close to Brown's still-elite talent to resist him. He said he wanted to go to a contender and the Bills finished 6-10 last season. The Steelers won the game, but still missed the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus by the Steelers on March 17.
A year ago with Pittsburgh, Brown caught 104 passes and added 15 touchdowns for 1,297 yards.