Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Antonio Brown Telling People Close to Him He Expects Trade to Raiders

Antonio Brown Telling People Close to Him He Expects Trade to Raiders

The Steelers and Bills apparently were making progress on a trade for Antonio Brown Thursday, but he nixed the deal, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Brown wants to head west, frequently hinting at a move to San Francisco.

For the Raiders, the addition of Brown provides an explosive deep threat for quarterback Derek Carr that coach Jon Gruden and the rebuilding team desperately need. He was Pittsburgh's leading wide receiver from 2013 to 2017, but he finished behind second-year receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster's 1,426 yards last year.

The Steelers have reportedly been planning to deal Brown by the end of the week, but the Post-Gazette said there is now no deadline for a deal to be worked out.

The deal comes just days after talks between the Steelers and Buffalo Bills broke down, the Pro Football Talk report said.

With Brown now back on the market, the Raiders again become a team to watch for obvious reasons.

When the original report of a deal being near came to light, Rapoport proceeded to point out that the Raiders, Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans were in the mix. Those two factors combine to dramatically narrow the pool of teams available to the Steelers as a trade partner, which could in turn potentially drive down his asking price.

The standout wide receiver, who has been the subject of trade speculation all offseason, appeared to be on the verge of becoming the newest member of the Buffalo Bills until trade talks fell through.

MMQB reported Friday there are "very few options left" for Pittsburgh to trade Brown.

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