Antonio Brown exercises leverage as Steelers work on trade

Posted March 09, 2019

After nearly seven hours of peak social media drama, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane set the record straight Friday morning about a potential trade between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Bills for disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Nearly immediately, Brown called "fake news" on the trade report via Instagram.

With a number of teams reported this week to be in or out of the Antonio Brown trade talks, the only thing that seemed certain was that the Pittsburgh Steelers would not deal their disgruntled Pro Bowl wide receiver to a rival in the AFC North.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network initially broke the story, pointing out that the Bills were the highest bidders for Brown after beating out the Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, and Tennessee Titans. "The Steelers now must find another suitor".

One receiver isn't going to be enough to turn things around for Buffalo so they should be looking for low-priced but high potential options like Tyrell Williams, Adam Humphries, Devin Funchess, and John Brown in free agency. It does not appear it will be a first-rounder like many thought.

"We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers", Beane said. He said he wanted to go to a contender and the Bills finished 6-10 last season.

There are also additional contract concerns with adding Brown, who likely wants to rip up his old deal and create a new one with his new team.

Last season, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a league-high 15 receiving touchdowns. What's going great for him?