Kevin Colbert said at least three teams have contacted the Pittsburgh Steelers about acquiring wide receiver Antonio Brown, but one of them was not the 49ers.
San Francisco 49ers’ General Manager John Lynch has eliminated his team from the potential teams calling for Antonio Brown. Of the three Kevin Colbert has said made contact, many believed the 49ers would be one of them, but according to Lynch, they haven’t reached out.
During his NFL Combine interview, Lynch was asked if he was one of the teams contacting Pittsburgh. He responded that he wasn’t. He didn’t say he wouldn’t make contact, but of the teams already looking they aren’t jumping in right away.
Many expect San Francisco to be a contender for the wide receiver. Brown has made it very clear he wants to be a 49er and the team has the assets to make a move. Pittsburgh isn’t giving up Brown easy but a deal could get done if they believe he’s a big enough factor to reach for.
With Jimmy Garapolo set to return in 2019, it’d be a difference maker to bring in an All-Pro receiver like Brown for their young quarterback. The 49ers went all in with their quarterback and supplying him a new weapon would be beneficial if they believe it’s worth what they’d need to give up.
As Brown’s social media presence slows his value should grow. Teams may be hesitant to make a move with all the drama surrounding AB. The top receiver in football should be moved for a significant package, especially with Amari Cooper being traded for a first-round pick in 2018.
The Steelers are hoping to find a suitor before the NFL Draft. If April comes and goes without a trade, Pittsburgh may be sitting on Brown until next offseason, stirring the pot a little more with the wideout.