The Steelers have an idea for a potential landing spot for Antonio Brown.
The team would prefer to send Brown to an NFC team for competitive reasons, a source told ESPN.
Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler:
The New England Patriots and AFC North rivals are considered no-trade zones, and the Steelers would rather see Brown affect wins and losses in another conference, if possible.
General manager Kevin Colbert told local media Wednesday that the team will be judicious in how it selects Brown’s potential destination.
“I mean, when you’re trading away a player like this who could determine your own record and your own Super Bowl potential, of course you want to not trade him to teams that might be a factor,” Colbert said. “But if those teams step up and say, ‘Look, we’ll give you the best picks or the best players,’ then we have to make that judgment. OK, yeah, they’re a competitor, but what they’re giving us far exceeds what these other folks are willing to do. So will we be selective? It depends on what the compensation is.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported that the Patriots and the AFC North were considered no-trade zones for any deal involving Brown.
So Patriots fans shouldn’t get too excited about the possibility of acquiring AB through a trade.
Brown said on Instagram this week that he wants guaranteed money as part of any deal. He has base salaries of $12.625 million, $11.3 million and $12.5 million left on his contract. All of those salaries are not guaranteed, and he is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17.
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