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Steelers News: San Francisco 49ers have the best odds to land Antonio Brown via trade

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at the latest news surrounding Antonio Brown officially requesting a trade from the Steelers. At this point, it is worth noting it is the San Francisco 49ers who are leaders in the clubhouse, in terms of odds, to land Brown via trade.

Let’s get to the news:

If Antonio Brown is traded, 49ers have best odds of getting him

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Current and former San Francisco 49ers players have courted Antonio Brown over the past six weeks, and that appears to be the destination that makes the most sense for the disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver.

According to, the 49ers are the favorite to land Brown, who has formally requested a trade. has installed the 49ers as a +200 to acquire Brown in a trade.

San Francisco tight end George Kittle tagged Brown in a tweet shortly after the 2018 season concluded. And 49ers Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice has said in interviews that Browns wants to play in San Francisco.

The New York Jets, listed at +500, have the second-best odds of landing Brown, according to the betting site. Other potential suitors include the Oakland Raiders (+650), Miami Dolphins (+1,000), Dallas Cowboys (+1,300) and Indianapolis Colts (+1,500).

Despite Brown’s trade request, the Steelers remain listed at +350. Brown has played his entire nine-year career in Pittsburgh and resides in Miami, but he’s no stranger to the West Coast. Brown recently spent some time in California and attended the Grammy Awards on Sunday night in Beverly Hills.

Gambling site ignores other needs, has QB Kyler Murray on Steelers’ radar

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By using draft picks on a quarterback in the past two years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have no need to address the position in 2019.

That’s especially true with starter Ben Roethlisberger, the NFL’s passing yardage leader in 2018, hoping to play several more seasons.

Josh Dobbs is entering his third year and Mason Rudolph, a third-round pick in 2018, will be pushing him for the backup job behind Roethlisberger this offseason.

And with areas of weakness at inside linebacker, cornerback, outside linebacker and possibly wide receiver, the Steelers have other pressing issues in the draft.

Still, that hasn’t stopped one gambling site from putting the Steelers among the NFL teams that could take Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray in the first round.

One day after the former Oklahoma quarterback spurned a pro baseball career and declared for the NFL Draft, listed the Steelers as having 14-1 odds of taking Murray in the first round. Seven other teams have better odds of selecting Murray, according to BetOnline.

The Miami Dolphins are the 3-2 favorite, followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants (5-1 odds apiece), followed by the Oakland Raiders (6-1), Arizona Cardinals (7-1), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-1) and Washington Redskins (12-1). Also listed at 14-1 are the Cincinnati Bengals an Denver Broncos.

The Steelers have the No. 20 overall pick in the draft. BetOnline has set Murray’s over/under draft position at 9.5. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has Murray among his top seven prospects.

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Tim Benz: Le’Veon Bell’s pathetic pouting about feeling ‘appreciated’

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Le’Veon Bell sent out this tweet last week.

It’s not the first time Bell has whined about feeling underappreciated .

The guy makes a good point. I mean, a contract that would’ve paid him $45 million over the first three years? Talk about a lack of appreciation.

I mean, that’s one step removed from having someone spit in your face and tell you it’s raining.

That poor Bell. The Rodney Dangerfield of running backs. No respect, I tell ya! No respect.

Maybe I’m leaping to conclusions.

Or maybe I’m just connecting the dots right in front of my face.

Sure. I suppose that tweet could’ve had something to do with some positive words about his upcoming rap album. Or maybe someone complimented his jump shot at L.A. Fitness.

But Bell sent that tweet moments after he publicly flirted with the Ravens on Twitter last week, then he got acknowledgment from Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson in the form of a Twitter follow.

My gosh, in 2019 that’s roughly the same thing as going steady, isn’t it?

So, between that and his previous tweets, I’m going to assume this is football related.

Is this guy serious? A pro athlete with this much acclaim, fortune, talent, and accomplishment needs public flattery and adulation in a Twitter-follow to feel appreciated?

Make me puke.

Quick! Someone tell Art Rooney II to get on Instagram. Maybe if he lobs a mention Bell’s way, he’ll sign for the league minimum.

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