Vic Carucci reports that the Bills have inquired about Antonio Brown, but no deal is imminent at this time.
According to Carucci, a league source termed it “unlikely.”
Tom Pelissero mentions that the one big question about this deal that remains is whether Antonio Brown will agree to join the Bills. Pelissero mentions that Brown blow up a potential deal between the Bills and Steelers simply by threatening to retire.
Rapoport adds that there are still somethings to be worked out with this trade between the two teams, but Brown should end up in Buffalo.
There wasn’t a lot of buzz about the Bills being a serious landing spot for Brown, but it appears as though they stepped up made the Steelers the best offer in the end.
Recent reports have said that the Steelers were holding out for a first-round pick. Although, it’s possible their asking price came down in recent days.
It seems unlikely that the Bills would trade their No. 9 overall pick, but they do have their second-round selection (No. 40) overall to work with.
Brown has reportedly been looking for some more guaranteed money to be added to his contract, so that’s something to keep an eye on moving forward.
Brown, 30, is a former sixth-round pick of the Steelers back in 2010. He’s currently in the third year of his five-year, $72.71 million contract that included a $19 million signing bonus and stands to make base salaries of $12.625 million and $11.3 million over the next two years of the agreement.
Pittsburgh will incur a $21 million cap hit by trading Brown, who is owed a $2.5 million roster bonus on the third day of the league year.
In 2018, Brown appeared in 15 games for the Steelers and caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 26 receiver out of 117 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Brown and the Bills as the news is available.