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Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert says that while the team is looking into trading WR Antonio Brown, they won’t give him away.  

Antonio Brown is one of the best players in the National Football League,” Colbert said via George Bremer. “We’d like to have him on our team.”  

Per Mike Jones, Colbert said he’s confident that HC Mike Tomlin would be able to smooth things over if the Steelers can’t find a trade partner for Brown.  He reiterated a deal would have to be good for both sides.  

“If there’s something that benefits both sides, then great,” Colbert said via Albert Breer. “If not then we’ll deal with that.”

On Friday, Colbert said three teams reached out with interest in Brown. At the Combine Wednesday, he said that interest has increased, according to Ray Fittipaldo

“Interest has grown.” Colbert said via Ian Rapoport. “Ideally you’ll like to trade him to someone you’d never play. But if a team comes through with the best compensation you have to weigh that.”

  • According to Pro Football Talk, Colbert also did not rule out paying Antonio Brown’s $2.5 million roster bonus due on March 17 and trading him later. 
  • The Steelers made the decision not to transition tag RB Le’Veon Bell only after being informed it would cost $14.54 million, per Pro Football Talk.
  • Colbert stressed that they won’t close the door on possibly re-signing Bell: “We are never going to close the door on a player. Sometimes they say things that maybe they mean, maybe they don’t. But we know who they were, what they have done, and what they can potentially do for us.” (Aditi Kinkhabwala)
  • Colbert said the Steelers are looking to re-sign LB L.J. Fort.  (Mark Kaboly)
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