NFL news: John Clayton likes the Raiders' chances over the 49ers' to acquire Steelers' Antonio Brown
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John Clayton likes the Raiders’ chances over the 49ers’ to acquire Steelers’ Antonio Brown

John Clayton, Antonio Brown

The San Francisco 49ers have emerged as frontrunners to acquire Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. However, it appears the Oakland Raiders may have the edge in the Bay Area.

There are a number of signs that have resulted in the 49ers being pegged as favorites to trade for Brown. NFL analyst John Clayton said during an appearance on 95.7 The Game, that the Raiders have a better chance to land the All-Pro’s services:

“I think it’s 100 percent that he’s going to get traded,” Clayton said. “And I think there’s a decent chance he could end up in the Bay Area — either in San Francisco or in Oakland. I think, actually, Oakland would have a better chance to do something because they have three draft choices. And, of course, I think you could pretty well anticipate that the Steelers would like a No. 1.”

It is no secret that Brown is likely on his way out of Pittsburgh following a tumultuous series of events at the end of the 2018 NFL season. It would be logical for the Steelers to get whatever return they can for a player of his caliber. However, the prospect of him joining the Raiders still seems a bit far-fetched.

Oakland made headlines for ridding themselves of nearly all their Pro Bowl talent in exchange for early draft picks. They even managed to garner a first-rounder for wide receiver Amari Cooper. It would not make much sense for them to use that and other picks to a acquire a receiver that will be 31 years old by the time the 2019 NFL season starts. Regardless, it will be interesting to see where Brown ends up this offseason.