Steelers potentially shipping Antonio Brown out of AFC North to Bills

Steelers potentially shipping Antonio Brown out of AFC North to Bills

Steelers potentially shipping Antonio Brown out of AFC North to Bills

Earlier in the week, the Steelers publicly stated that they wanted to have a deal for Brown in place by Friday.

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

The Steelers have an Antonio Brown problem. In doing so, Brown flexed his muscles in Pittsburgh's negotiations, proving once and for all that Kevin Colbert isn't running the show alone. The wide receiver appeared to throw cold water on the report when he replied "fake news" to a post about the potential deal posted on the NFL's official Instagram account.

If Antonio Brown doesn't want to play for you, don't bother trying to trading for him. "The Steelers now must find another suitor".

It's certainly well-timed from the 25-year-old back, although Brown's future is very much up in the air now.

Schefter and The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci followed up with reports that the trade appeared "unlikely", with Schefter citing a source saying the trade was never close to happening. It is likely Brown will want a restructured contract from any team that acquires him. Brown took issue with something and didn't play in Week 17 against the Bengals despite the Steelers still in playoff contention.

However, if the Bills did land Brown, he would provide an immediate boost to the NFL's second-worst passing attack last season.

Brown is one of the most talented and productive receivers in the game, finishing last season with 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Steelers had previously told teams that Brown was expected to be traded by Friday, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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