The Antonio Brown saga is still going strong as we hit the offseason. Right now, it looks like the relationship between Brown and the Steelers beyond saving.
According to the newest report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown remains with Pittsburgh but wants that to change. He has officially requested a trade from the organization.
Brown has spent his entire career with the Steelers. Pittsburgh selected him in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Antonio Brown has not been traded nor has he been released. But Brown wants a trade and he officially has requested that from the Steelers, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019
Assuming Pittsburgh does trade Brown, there will be several teams lined up and willing to deal. The San Francisco 49ers would likely be one of them.
Earlier this month, ESPN’s Dan Graziano “boldly” predicted that Brown will not only wind up in San Fran, but that he’ll lead the league in receptions playing for the Niners in 2019.
The odds strongly favor Pittsburgh trading Brown this offseason. Releasing him would allow a conference rival like Baltimore or New England to get him, and that’s not in the Steelers’ interests at all. So shipping him off to an NFC West team makes more sense. San Francisco has the cap space to give Brown a new contract if he wants one, and there’s no doubt Brown knows all about what Julio Jones did in Atlanta two years ago as the No. 1 wide receiver in a Kyle Shanahan offense.
The rapid ascension of JuJu Smith-Schuster would help mitigate Brown’s loss for the Steelers. Still, this is the top wide receiver in the league who would be leaving town.
Brown is in the middle of a multi-year contract extension he signed with Pittsburgh in 2017.