Bills moving on from Brown after deal with Steelers falls through

Elena Summers
March 9, 2019

Eventually, Rapoport had to walk it back and report that the deal broke down.

This morning, Buffalo GM Brandon Beane put out this statement, via Schefter: "We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers".

The details of the trade that the Steelers and Bills agreed to have not been reported, although Pittsburgh has made it clear from the beginning that they're looking for at least a first-round pick in return. 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.

It seemed like Brown was set to go to Buffalo. Several teams reportedly exited trade talks before things with Buffalo heated up on Thursday. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the reason why the Brown trade fell through on Friday morning.

No one is saying, or has said, that Brown isn't a great player.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Steelers were telling teams they wanted to have a resolution to the Brown situation by Friday, but now that looks "challenging".

The Bills could have offered Brown more than Odell Beckham getting in NY, as the NFL's most richly compensated receiver, and maybe that would've convinced Brown to play there. Entering his second season, quarterback Josh Allen now has a markedly inexperienced and unproven group of pass-catchers, led by wide receivers Zay Jones and Robert Foster.

It remains possible that some team will gravitate too close to Brown's still-elite talent to resist him.

Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus by the Steelers on March 17.

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