Pittsburgh Steelers still want a 1st-round pick for Antonio Brown
If you are an NFL team who thinks you can trade for Antonio Brown without including a first-round pick in your package, you should keep on moving.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still seeking a first-round draft choice in return for Brown in spite of several teams trying to lower the Steelers’ asking price.
There had been a rumor that the Oakland Raiders offered a second and fourth-round draft pick for Brown, so they could be one of the teams attempting to talk Pittsburgh down.
Of course, the Steelers had also reportedly come close to trading Brown to the Buffalo Bills before the deal fell apart last minute because Brown did not want to play for the Bills.
The reason teams are trying to reduce the price for Brown is the fact that there aren’t currently that many suitors in the running for the Pro Bowl wide out, but that could very well be because of what the Steelers are asking for in return.
Or, it could have to do with Brown’s off-the-field antics.
While the 30-year-old hauled in 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a league-leading 15 touchdowns en route to his sixth straight Pro Bowl appearance this past season, his locker room presence was nothing but a major distraction to the Steelers, as evidenced by the fact that he went AWOL on the team in the week leading up to Pittsburgh’s season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, resulting in Brown being benched.
Brown was drafted by Pittsburgh back in 2010.