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- The Antonio Brown trade saga is ongoing.
- Brown wants a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Steelers haven’t been able to complete one due to Brown either not wanting to go to the other team, the price for Brown, his contract, or more.
- We came up with eight possible trade destinations based on fit and likelihood, though not all of our teams have been involved with Brown, according to reports.
The Antonio Brown trade saga is dragging on.
Both Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers want a split, but Brown’s contract, fit, and the Steelers’ price have apparently turned some teams off. Brown reportedly "nixed" a trade with the Buffalo Bills, because he did not want to go Buffalo.
The two sides are running out of options.
With ongoing trade speculation, we ranked potential landing spots for Brown, based on fit and likelihood. Not every team on our list is tied to Brown, but we imagined scenarios where other franchises got involved, feeling the chance to add the best receiver in football was too much to turn down.
Check out the best trades for Brown below:
1. Cleveland Browns
Why it makes sense: The Browns are in win-now mode. With Baker Mayfield running the offense, and Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward controlling the defense, the Browns have a young core to build around with talented veterans. Adding Brown would give Mayfield an offensive weapon to utilize and push their timeline forward. Dorsey even joked earlier in the offseason about needing Steelers GM Kevin Colbert’s number.
The one downside is the Steelers would likely be hesitant to trade Brown within their division, where they’d have to play him twice a year.
2. Oakland Raiders
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Why it makes sense: The Raiders have three first-round picks, so they have the draft capital needed to land Brown. He would give the offense a much-needed lift — Derek Carr had few viable options to throw to once the team traded Amari Cooper.
The one concern is Brown’s timeline vs. the Raiders’. Brown is 30 and wants a new deal. The Raiders do have Derek Carr under a $125 million contract, but the team is otherwise fairly young and going through a rebuild.
3. New York Jets
Why it makes sense: The Jets are looking to make improvements across the board this year, particularly on offense to help Sam Darnold. Their leading receiver in 2018 was Robby Anderson, who had 50 catches (92nd in the league) for 752 yards (37th).
There are rumors they’re looking to trade down in the draft. Could they trade down, acquire an extra pick, then flip it for Brown? With rumors suggesting they’re also targeting Le’Veon Bell, the Jets could reunite two-thirds of the "Killer Bs."
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