While there were a number of teams who appeared to dismiss the idea of trading with the Pittsburgh Steelers for Antonio Brown as the NFL Scouting Combine began, it would appear that some of the interested parties might have been identified on Friday if the rumors put out there by three national reporters are to be believed.
Classifying their social media comments as reports would be far too generous, but posts by Adam Schefter of ESPN, Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network may ultimately prove to have some merit.
Schefter’s tweet might have been the most convincing.
The three teams that have shown the most interest in wide receiver Antonio Brown to date are the Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans, per league sources. Thus, the battle for Brown could develop into a battle between Grudens, Jon and Jay.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 2, 2019
While Silver is undeniably vague.
Keep an eye on the Saints when it comes to the Antonio Brown chase. AB in that offense would be sick. Just saying.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 1, 2019
And Rapoport is not much better.
But for those fans tired of the national media narrative that there was not going to be much of a market for the Steelers’ star receiver, these rumors suggest that might not be entirely accurate.
Considering that the New Orleans Saints do not have picks in rounds one, three and four, it would be fair to question what they could offer Pittsburgh beyond a player exchange or future draft picks. However, with the Steelers ideally looking for a first round draft pick in return for AB, the Oakland Raiders make perfect sense as a trade partner given they have three of them and an obvious need at wide receiver. The Tennessee Titans are an interesting connection in light of the words of head coach Mike Vrabels on Wednesday about the sort of player he is looking, while the Washington Redskins are perhaps less of a surprise given their history of trading for veteran players.