Antonio Brown traded to Oakland
UPDATE: Turns out all of the reports of Brown to Buffalo were dated. While the Bills showed minor interest nothing materialized. The Raiders were able to secure Brown’s services for a third and fifth rounder.
The guessing game that is Antonio Brown’s future may be over. It may not be. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Steelers are in the final stages of a trade that would send the disgruntled receiver to the Buffalo Bills. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Buffalo currently holds the ninth overall draft pick.
But AB himself responded to an NFL graphic promoting the trade by calling it “fake news.” Meanwhile, Buffalo-based NFL reporter Vic Carucci reports a far different tale.
An NFL source says #Bills have inquired about Antonio Brown with the #Steelers, but no deal is imminent. In fact, another league source termed it “unlikely.”
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) March 8, 2019
Buffalo was not the first potential landing spot that came to mind given that the jury is still out on the Bills’ young quarterback, Josh Allen. And well, Buffalo has historically been where wide receivers go to die. As Rotoworld’s Evan Silva pointed out, Brown has at least 1200 receiving yards over the past six seasons. The last 1200-yard Bills wideout was Lee Evans in 2007.
If the Bills do acquire Brown, they will get a vastly talented wideout who has displayed somewhat erratic behavior over the past couple of months. He failed to show up at the team’s walkthrough before its regular season final against Cincinnati. Brown then tweeted farewell to Pittsburgh before publicly requesting a trade. After failed attempts by Steelers owner Art Rooney II to reach Brown, the two sides finally met and agreed a trade was in the best interest of both sides.
Brown also declared his nickname was no longer “AB” but instead “Mr. Big Chest,” and grew a fascinating walrus-like mustache (which we hope remains part of his look.)
This story is far from over and we’ll update as more news is made available.