Antonio Brown has likely played his last down of football for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Despite notching a career-high 15 touchdown receptions to go with his sixth-straight season with 1,200 or more receiving yards and 100 or more receptions in 2018, there is a strong possibility that Brown will be traded during the coming offseason.
Steelers owner Art Rooney, who normally stays out of the media, addressed the issue shortly after his team’s season came to an end.
BREAKING: Steelers president Art Rooney II said he s not going to release Antonio Brown, but “all other options are on the table.” He would not say Steelers are going to trade their All-Pro receiver, but left no doubt that is a strong possibility. Story coming soon on PG site.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 10, 2019
The future Hall of Famer reportedly skipped multiple practices leading up to the Steelers season finale after a confrontation with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The team made Brown inactive for the game, and it has been widely reported that the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has major issues with both Roethlisberger and head coach Mike Tomlin.
In today’s social media-driven world, it should come as no surprise that the rumors regarding Brown’s future are running rampant.
It should also come as no surprise that you can now place wagers on where Brown will be playing when the 2019 NFL season kicks off next September.
With that being said, here is a look at where the oddsmakers in Vegas expect Brown to play in 2019.
Odds courtesy of MyBookie as of January 17, 2019.
San Francisco 49ers (+550)
The 49ers have plenty of cap space to work with, a glaring need for a game-changing wide receiver, and they have plenty of draft capital to make the Steelers an aggressive offer. Simply put: This scenario would make a ton of sense for all involved parties — which hasn’t gone unnoticed.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 1, 2019
Pittsburgh Steelers (+500)
Despite all of the conjecture regarding Brown’s future, the fact of the matter is he is still under contract with the Steelers. And due to the structure of his contract (and the vast majority of Steelers contracts), the team would have to take on a significant dead money hit if they were to trade the five-time NFL All-Pro.
There is a lot of work to do to repair the relationship between Brown and the Steelers, but there is still plenty of time to work things out.
New York Jets (+500)
The Jets are all-in when it comes to giving Sam Darnold everything he needs to become a bona fide NFL franchise quarterback. And what would be better than giving him arguably the best wide receiver in the game today?
Let’s also not forget, this is a New York franchise we are talking about. And what would be more “New York” than the Jets trading for Brown, and then signing Le’Veon Bell during free agency?
— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) January 2, 2019
Detroit Lions (+500)
The window of opportunity for the Lions to accomplish anything of significance during the Matthew Stafford era is closing quickly. Making a move for Brown would give Detroit one of the most dynamic wide receiver trios in recent NFL memory (Brown, Kenny Golladay, and Marvin Jones), and would help them keep pace in the incredibly competitive NFC North.
Atlanta Falcons (+400)
The Falcons coming in as the odds-on favorite to land Brown is a bit of a head-scratcher.
They already have Julio Jones, a four-time All-Pro and the 2018 NFL receiving yards champion, rookie standout Calvin Ridley, and crafty veteran Mohamed Sanu already in place (and under contract for the foreseeable future), so there really isn’t a true need at the wide receiver position. On top of that, the “Dirty Birds” don’t have a lot of salary cap space to work with — especially when you consider their depth issues on the defensive side of the ball.
That said, adding Brown to their already explosive offense and trying to replicate the current Kansas City Chiefs model at a reasonable cost may be too much for GM Thomas Dmitroff to pass up.
Despite the way things seem on the surface, there is a reason why the oddsmakers listed the Falcons as the favorites here.
Other teams to watch:
- Oakland Raiders (+600)
- Indianapolis Colts (+600)
- Seattle Seahawks (+700)
- Miami Dolphins (+1000)
- New York Giants (+1000)
- Green Bay Packers (+1200)
- Field (+350)
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