“We asked about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane said in an announcement Friday. “We had positive discussions, but eventually it did not seem sensible for either side. As great a player as Antonio Brown is, we have proceeded on and our focus is really on free service .”
The Steelers had previously told teams that Brown was expected to be traded from Friday, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. As of last Friday, the 3 teams that had shown the most interest in the huge receiver were the most Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins along with Tennessee Titans. Additionally, a couple teams jumped into the fray earlier this week, sources told Schefter, setting the complete amount of teams on which the Steelers have spoken at seven or six.
The Bills, using a need for offensive play makers and $76 million in space, had not been reported among the teams. The Bills are still predicted to handle wide receiver in free agency and the draft to give second-year quarterback Josh Allen more help in 20-19. Allen, the No. 7 overall pick last April, went 5-5 final season in games in which he both started and finished.
Any trade that is agreed upon can not be officially announced until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, once the 20-19 league season begins. It is likely Brown will require a contract that is restructured . Brown has 3 years remaining on his bargain, with scheduled base wages of $12.625 million in 2019, $11.3 million in 2020 and $12.5 million in 2021, but he has no guaranteed money staying on the contract.
The Steelers’ price tag started as reimbursement and a first-round selection but has been reduced into a pre-determined pick, sources have told ESPN.
Last 16, as he met with Steelers brass brown has officially been on the trading block.