Antonio Brown
WR OAK (6)
2 months ago

Coach Jon Gruden doesn't plan to play Brown during the preseason, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gruden may have just set a league record for the earliest a coach has ever commented on his plans for August exhibition games. It's a non-concern in terms of team chemistry, as Brown has plenty of time to build a rapport with Derek Carr throughout the offseason program and training camp. The veteran wideout seems to be headed for massive volume in an Oakland offense that lacks a proven pass catcher at tight end or a clear choice for the No. 3 receiver job. Carr will rely on Brown and fellow offseason addition Tyrell Williams, along with running backs Jalen Richard and Josh Jacobs.

Antonio Brown
WR OAK (6)
4 months ago

As of Thursday, Brown has worked out with Derek Carr for three consecutive days, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since the new league year started Wednesday, the trade of Brown from Pittsburgh to Oakland became official, and with it a restructured three-year contract for the four-time first-team All-Pro. He hasn't wasted any time building up his rapport with Carr, who is exchanging the likes of Jordy Nelson (released Thursday) and Jared Cook for Brown and Tyrell Williams (signed Wednesday). Brown has received at least 150 targets in six consecutive campaigns, a span in which he's averaged 119 catches (on 178 targets) for 1,590 yards and 12 touchdowns per 16 games played.

Antonio Brown
WR OAK (6)
4 months ago10 Comments

The Raiders have an agreement in place to acquire Brown from the Steelers in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick and 2019 fifth-round pick, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brown revealed the news via Twitter as he posted a picture of himself in a Raiders uniform shortly before the news broke. The 30-year-old and Oakland are apparently agreeing to a re-worked contract that would make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the league. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Brown will receive $50.125 million over three years in the new deal, including over $30 million guaranteed. The All-Pro wideout's previous contract with the Steelers ran through the 2021 season, but contained no remaining guaranteed money.

Antonio Brown
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4 months ago1 Comment

Bills general manager Brandon Beane said he won't trade for Brown and has moved on to focus on free agency.

EDGE Analysis

Beane admits he had discussions with the Steelers on Tuesday, but he seems to have given up on the idea of a trade -- possibly because of concerns Brown wouldn't agree to play for Buffalo. A report earlier this week suggested the Steelers expect to complete a deal by Friday, though the more sensible deadline would be March 17 when the 30-year-old wideout is due a $2.5 million roster bonus. The list of remaining suitors presumably includes Oakland and Tennessee, with a few other teams also involved.

Antonio Brown
WR OAK (6)
4 months ago

While Ian Rapoport of NFL Network stated late Thursday that the Bills are close to acquiring Brown from the Steelers, the player is calling it "fake news" and another league source is calling the deal unlikely, The Buffalo News reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Steelers would seem to have a lot more say in Brown's final destination than the disgruntled player, so we'll still give Rapoport -- always a reliable source -- credence while acknowledging there's no completed deal yet. We'll know more as soon as Friday, while we'll note the Bills have all kinds of cap room and need an offensive stud perhaps more than any team in the league. At bare minimum, it's become clear the Steelers' initial high price for Brown has come down and Bills general manager Brandon Beane is highly interested, especially if he can acquire a player of Brown's caliber for less than face value.

Antonio Brown
WR OAK (6)
4 months ago

The Steelers are drawing close to a deal that will send Brown to the Bills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The specifics of the trade have yet to be reported, but it appears as though sophomore quarterback Josh Allen and the Bills offense will have a new No. 1 receiving threat in 2019-20. The Steelers were ultimately unable to ship Brown out of the AFC, but they were able to avoid sending him to a divisional foe.

Antonio Brown
WR OAK (6)
4 months ago1 Comment

The Steelers expect to trade Brown by Friday, league sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.

EDGE Analysis

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that three new teams have entered the bidding, while a pair of early suitors -- the Jets and Cardinals -- have bowed out. Oakland is consistently mentioned in talks pertaining to Brown, with Tennessee, Washington and New Orleans also reported to have some level of interest. The Steelers prefer to trade Brown to the NFC, or at least to an AFC team that doesn't profile as a major threat to make a deep playoff run. Other possible fits include San Francisco and Green Bay.

Antonio Brown
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4 months ago3 Comments

Brown is drawing interest from at least six teams, with the Cardinals and Broncos recently joining the Raiders, Saints, Titans and Redskins in pursuit of the 30-year-old wideout, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brown probably isn't too thrilled with the list, considering New Orleans is the only suitor with a high-caliber quarterback or a 2018 playoff appearance to its name. Of course, the four-time All-Pro would make a big difference for any of those other franchises, and he'd probably draw more targets on a team that doesn't have Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Given the wealth of interest, Pittsburgh shouldn't have any trouble finding a strong offer before Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus March 17.

Antonio Brown
WR OAK (6)
4 months ago

Niners GM John Lynch said he hasn't spoken with the Steelers about trading for Brown, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

San Francisco has drawn the most buzz as a possible destination, in part due to Brown's late-January Instagram post that shows him photoshopped into a 49ers' uniform. It's also a fit in terms of positional need and cap space, with the added benefit from Pittsburgh's perspective of moving Brown out of the AFC. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he's now heard from more than three teams with interest in a trade, but he maintains no deal will be made unless the Steelers receive an impressive package in return. While Colbert is likely just attempting to maintain leverage, it isn't crazy to think the Steelers could retain Brown if the trade offers are truly disappointing. The team hopes to find a solution before March 17 when Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus.

Antonio Brown
WR OAK (6)
5 months ago

General manager Kevin Colbert said three teams have contacted the Steelers to discuss the possibility of trading for Brown, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

His comments may be accurate, but it's also clear Colbert is trying to help the team maintain leverage in an awkward situation. He acknowledged Wednesday that all parties agree a trade would be best, but then went out of his way to make it known the Steelers are willing to keep Brown if the offers disappoint. It shouldn't ultimately make much difference, with Brown's talent and production likely outweighing his difficult personality in the eyes of at least two or three teams. Once they have a few suitors lined up, the Steelers can assess offers and figure out what makes sense. They presumably hope to trade the 30-year-old wideout to the NFC, or at least to an AFC team that doesn't look strong on paper. A number of teams meet that criteria, with the 49ers, Raiders, Cardinals, Packers and Jets standing out in terms of positional need and cap flexibility.