The sweepstakes for Antonio Brown were silent for the past few weeks, but it appears two teams have interest in acquiring the All-Pro wideout. With the NFL Combine currently taking place, it’s possible that talks develop over the weekend in Indianapolis.
Brown requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers once the offseason began. Between his desire for a new contract and rift with Ben Roethlisberger, it’s inevitable that he’ll be on the move.
It’s hard to argue against Brown’s work on the field, especially after registering 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2018. Off the gridiron is a different story, as the drama he caused in the locker room might be the reason only two teams are players in the sweepstakes.
Nonetheless, all it takes is one franchise to roll the dice and add the charismatic wide receiver.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Oakland Raiders and the New Orleans Saints could possible acquire Brown. Several other teams could join the mix as the market for the 30-year-old is finally growing.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2019
The potential pairing of Brown and Michael Thomas in New Orleans would be quite fascinating. It would also allow him to play alongside one of the all-time greats in Drew Brees.
As for Oakland, Jon Gruden has the draft assets to pull the trigger on a blockbuster deal. If Derek Carr is going to be the franchise quarterback for the Raiders, he’ll need an elite receiving option to play with in the future.
We’ll see if other teams start to show interest in Brown, who is ready for the next chapter of his football career.