Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Could the Raiders trade for Steelers WR Antonio Brown?

Could the Raiders trade for Steelers WR Antonio Brown?

In 2018, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns in 15 games for the Steelers. According to the article, no one from Pittsburgh's front office or coaching staff has even spoken to Brown since December 30, which was the team's final regular season game.

Within a few hours after the newspaper posted Rooney's comments, Brown tweeted a photo of himself and Rooney shaking hands, with the caption, "Good Business #Boomin". Brown's $2.5 million roster bonus due March 17 would incentivize the Steelers to deal him.

Trading Brown comes at a significant cost. Even if the Steelers do decide to trade him, he would still count over $21 million against their cap. Brown recently unfollowed his current team on social media and started following the 49ers, several of its players, and liked 49ers-related content, especially content which pushed a Brown-to-San-Francisco message. The Raiders also are stocked with draft-pick currency (three first-rounders) and need WR help.

The high odds on Atlanta seem a little bit surprising given that the Falcons have Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones as well as two proven weapons with Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley. "Yes, I'm 31 and I'm still excited to play the game". He then showed up to play against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the team held Brown out.

"That has to be taken into consideration, but, as I sit here today, I'm not going to say that's going to box us into anything", Rooney said of the potential salary-cap consequences.

He already let outside linebackers coach Joey Porter and running backs coach James Saxon go, and offensive line coach Mike Munchak is a finalist for the Broncos head coaching job.

Pittsburgh can't trade him until March 13, meaning the Steelers have two months to smooth things over with the NFL's best receiver or else they might be forced to find a new home for him.

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