National Football League star Antonio Brown to be traded to Oakland Raiders

10 March, 2019, 09:24 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Baker Mayfield is chased out of the pocket by Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh

Here's a statement from Bills' general manager Brandon Beane that was issued Friday morning.

The reactions to the news that the Bills were even contemplating the trade were mixed. Richard took to Twitter to send a quick shoutout to the Steelers star amid trade talks getting underway again. "We had positive discussions, but ultimately it didn't make sense for either side".

But the Post-Gazette reported a source said the "deal fell apart because Antonio Brown nixed going to Buffalo". The wide receiver appeared to throw cold water on the report when he replied "fake news" to a post about the potential deal posted on the NFL's official Instagram account. With $76 million in salary-cap space, per Overthecap.com, Buffalo has plenty of money to play with in free agency, but Brown is the best offensive player available outside of soon-to-be free agent Le'Veon Bell.

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We don't dive into unsubstantiated rumors here but when it starts to circulate that Brown wants a new contract with his new team in the $18-$20 million per year range it gives us pause. Jordy Nelson led Oakland receivers last season with 63 receptions for 739 yards and three TDs.

MMQB reported Friday there are "very few options left" for Pittsburgh to trade Brown.

The Raiders, who have had one winning season and one playoff appearance since the 2002 season, had the 18th-ranked passing game in the National Football League last season, averaging 234.4 yards, and their 19 receiving touchdowns were tied for 24th. Whichever team lands Brown likely will have to depart with a first-round draft pick.

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