3 Ideal Trade Destinations For Antonio Brown
The Pittsburgh Steelers have become an absolute circus in the past year. First, it started with the Le’Veon Bell situation — now they’re seemingly having a fallout with Antonio Brown.
According to multiple reports, Brown skipped the last game of the season due to an “altercation” with a teammate during practice. That teammate has since been named as Ben Roethlisberger.
The Steelers locker room has been out of sorts since Bell decided to separate himself from the team after the Steelers placed the franchise tag on him once again. Multiple teammates trashed Bell in the media, with guys stating their disgust for Bell’s decision. The only player to be the voice of reason in Bell’s defense was Brown. He posted on Instagram in support of Bell amid a controversy where his offensive line voiced their displeasure for Bell’s absence.
Locker room issues have happened all year for Pittsburgh, with Brown adding fuel to the fire. Brown was—to teammates—surprisingly a no-show to the team’s walkthrough on Saturday. This was a game Pittsburgh desperately needed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Steelers indeed missed the playoffs and Mike Tomlin has voiced his frustration with Brown directly. Could this spell the end of Brown’s run in the Steel City? According to Chris Mortensen, it’s expected to happen before the league year starts on March 13th—as Antonio is due a $2.5 million bonus if he is on the roster to begin the new season.
If it does in fact happen, here are three ideal destinations for the All-Pro wide receiver.
3. New York Jets
The New York Jets could definitely be in play for Brown’s services if the Steelers do decide to move on. The Jets recently gave Quincy Enunwa a contract extension but still have plenty of money to dish out.
Someone will need to take in Brown’s huge cap-number of $22 million in 2019. That’s a tough ask especially for a WR who has character issues. He also turns 31 next July, making it tougher to trust him long-term.
If there’s a team who can afford to take the risk on Brown, it’s the Jets. The Jets will have a whopping $104 million in cap space to spend in 2019. This easily leaves room for New York to be in play for a marquee player like Brown.
An addition of Antonio Brown would definitely advance the development of Sam Darnold. It also would propel the offense into being a dangerous one with a couple more pieces. Brown could definitely benefit Enunwa and Robby Anderson, helping them get a lot more man coverage.
The Jets’ Jamal Adams already began recruiting Brown on Twitter earlier this week.
— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) January 2, 2019
There’s no guarantee that the Steelers will part ways with Brown, but if they do, I wouldn’t count the Jets out of making a splash move to get him.