The Pittsburgh Steelers are still searching for a trade partner for star wide receiver Antonio Brown. After getting benched in the final game of the season, Brown requested a trade from the team.
While talks have been ongoing, the Steelers reportedly set a Friday deadline for teams to give their best offers. It looks like general manager Kevin Colbert might want to extend that deadline considering the majority of teams interested in Brown have already left the market.
The Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins all left the Brown sweepstakes after the asking price extended too high. Oakland remains the only viable option at this point – given the Steelers’ asking price of a first-round pick.
A new report suggests the first-round pick isn’t the only thing scaring teams away from Brown.
According to a report from Albert Breer, Brown wants to be the highest-paid receiver in the league.
Another team involved in trade discussions earlier in the week, I’m told, walked because it was communicated to them that Brown wanted, again, to be the NFL’s highest-paid receiver under a new contract.
Brown has three years left on his contract with the Steelers. However, he apparently wants his new team to restructure that contract – making him the highest-paid receiver.
Teams thinking about a potential trade would need to be okay with parting with a high draft pick and signing Brown to a significant deal. It appears most teams think Brown isn’t worth the hassle.
Brown led the league in touchdown receptions with 15 in 2018. He also completed his sixth-straight season with at least 100 receptions and 1,200 yards.