The Pittsburgh Steelers are telling teams they expect to move wide receiver Antonio Brown by Friday.
The Antonio Brown sweepstakes is finally coming to an end. One week before the March 17 deadline, the Pittsburgh Steelers are telling teams interested that they want to move the wide receiver by Friday, according to Adam Schefter.
This comes after many believed trade talks were only beginning. Kevin Colbert said during the NFL Combine that three teams reached out. This was followed by reports that teams like the New York Jets and Denver Broncos have become top targets. Now, Ian Rappoport says the Jets and Cardinals are out, but three new teams have joined the conversation.
The Steelers have said they aren’t moving Brown without quality return. This means that before Friday, someone is giving Pittsburgh something valuable and getting the NFL’s top receiver in return.
According to Schefter, the Redskins, Titans and Raiders are among the top teams in the mix for Brown. They haven’t been verified as the current top teams but earlier in the week those three teams were the top contenders looking to land the wideout.
No one has an exact idea of what the return value is for Brown. Some expect a first-round draft package. Some are looking for a quality player. Others are looking for a combination of both. Now, we only have to wait until the end of the week to find out what Pittsburgh is getting for No. 84.
Wherever Brown ends up he’s going to look for a restructured contract. This gives the team less up-front payout and Brown more money in the end. If the Steelers get enough return for him, this trade should work out well for Pittsburgh, Brown and his new employer.
Keep updating that Twitter feed because AB isn’t going to be a Steeler much longer.