As we approach the NFL off-season, it looks like the top storyline will be the future of superstar Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
It looks more and more like Brown will be dealt sometime this off-season.
This season’s blockbuster Amari Cooper deal could wind up being huge news for the Steelers.
Cooper, an incredibly talented if inconsistent receiver, surprisingly cost the Dallas Cowboys a first round pick.
He turned out to be worth it, as the Cowboys offense righted the ship and the team made the playoffs after the deal, but if he was worth a first, Brown, arguably the best receiver in the NFL over the last half-decade, should bring back an even more substantial return.
A first-rounder might be a minimum starting point for this trade.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora has an update on what an Antonio Brown trade could entail.
With owner Art Rooney II declaring he was prepared to move disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown, the Steelers front office is beginning initial preparation into a potential blockbuster trade, sources said, one that team officials anticipate includes a first-round pick.
With the Cowboys dealing a first-round pick for Amari Cooper in-season, and with Brown’s salary a bargain the final three years of his contract ($39M total in that span at a time when top receivers are pushing $18M per season), it is a very easy contract to deal and, as previously reported, the Steelers believe they can easily offset the $21M salary cap hit attached to any trade of the perennial All Pro.
Based on the Cooper trade, Brown should bring back an absolute haul for the Steelers if they choose to trade him, and rightfully so. It is hard to find a more productive player, even with his occasionally prickly off-field demeanor.