Antonio Brown’s days with the Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be numbered.
Steelers owner Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that it was “hard to envision” the talented wide receiver being on the team’s roster come training camp. He added that the team will not release Brown, but that the team will look at every other option available.
“There’s not much we can do right now; we have time to make a decision,” Rooney told the Post-Gazette. “We’ll look at all the options. We’re not going to release him, that’s not on the table. But I will say all other options are on the table.”
Of course, the most realistic option for the Steelers to pursue is a trade. It just so happens that the Buffalo Bills not only need a No. 1 wide receiver, but they also have the cap space to accommodate a deal for Brown. Could the Bills be a realistic landing spot for the talented wide receiver? Spotrac co-owner and editor Michael Ginnitti named the Bills as one of four potential trade partners with the Steelers.
“Outside of Sammy Watkins, who was hampered by injuries much of his career in Buffalo, the Bills haven’t had a bonafide WR1 in years. While they’re likely to address the position both in free agency and in the draft, bringing in a player of Brown’s capabilities would be a big step forward – though his recent antics would be a major red flag, as the current Bills’ organization has taken drastic measures to change the culture of the team of late.”
Although some Bills fans have been quick to say that Brown doesn’t fit the culture that Sean McDermott is trying to build in Buffalo, McDermott has also gone on the record to say that the roster doesn’t need to just be composed of “choir boys.”
“The culture to me trumps strategy,” McDermott said early in the 2018 season. “That’s what I believe in whole heartedly. It doesn’t mean we have choir boys, it means we have guys that love football and do things the right way for the most part. I understand that. We’re trying to build something that does take time, but overall, guys have to be committed to the process.”
Whether or not the Bills end up pursuing Brown is unknown, but NYUP has already looked at the reasons for and against a trade.