Antonio Brown’s time in Pittsburgh appears to be over. The relationship between Brown and the Steelers seems to be untenable, and he has requested a trade.
Thus far, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert says three franchises have reached out to inquire about Brown. Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Pittsburgh would prefer to send Brown to an NFC team for “competitive reasons.”
Today, Peter King took a shot at naming the five most likely destinations for Brown. He’s got three teams in the NFC, but not the San Francisco 49ers, who have been rumored as a potential destination for a few weeks now.
King doesn’t think the Niners will get Brown, “unless Jerry Rice gets hired as GM.”
According to King, the five favorites to land Brown are:
- Carolina Panthers
- Washington Redskins
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- New York Jets
- Oakland Raiders
King cites the need for a jump start as the reason for Carolina being a fit, while saying the Redskins could be desperate to make a splash given the state of the franchise. The Bucs have an obvious connection, since new head coach Bruce Arians used to be the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh.
In our minds, the Jets badly need offensive talent to put alongside Sam Darnold, and the Raiders, well they’re liable to do anything.
You can read all of King’s thoughts here.