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Saints head coach Sean Payton comments on Antonio Brown rumor

Antonio Brown, Sean Payton

On Friday, rumors began to sprout about the New Orleans Saints having interest in acquiring Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Sean Payton dismissed those rumors, but he noted that if New Orleans had discussed trading for Brown, he wouldn’t tell the media.

Although Payton said the Saints did not inquire about Brown, he also said that he wouldn’t tell the media if he had. Does that mean that Payton could potentially inquire about star wide receiver in the near future?

There is bad blood between Brown and the Steelers organization, and while both sides had an amicable meeting recently, they decided it is best to part ways. If the Saints make an intriguing trade offer, the Steelers could jump on it right away.

Just the thought of the Saints adding Brown to their deep roster is scary. They have an offense led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and numerous weapons including Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, Mark Ingram (if he comes back), Tre’Quan Smith, and dual-threat quarterback Taysom Hill.

Unfortunately, acquiring Brown will be difficult. The Saints traded their 2019 first-round pick to the Green Bay Packers to move up and draft Marcus Davenport last year. Considering their draft position will be at the bottom of every round due to how good of a team they already are, the Steelers will likely try to find more value for Brown elsewhere.

Brown’s $22 million cap hit in 2019 isn’t pretty, but any team that does acquire him will be getting a 30-year-old playmaker that is widely regarded as one of, if not the, best receivers in the game.

It is tough to imagine Antonio Brown playing in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform in 2019. If they resolve their conflicts, maybe there is a chance for him to stick around. New Orleans just doesn’t seem like his destination though given their assets.