In the last few days, it appeared like Buffalo Bills will be the next destination for Pittsburgh Steelers’ star wide receiver Antonio Brown. The two teams reportedly had “positive talks” were closing in on a deal. Except that Brown wasn’t exactly too thrilled about it.
Bills’ general manager Brandon Beane told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday that his team is dropping out of Brown trade talks. Reportedly, Brown wasn’t fond of moving to Buffalo and “would not commit” to the team.
Buffalo decided to make a push the 30-year-old Pro Bowler early in the week, as they badly need a playmaker and have the necessary cap space to give Brown an improved contract. After this snub, however, they will focus on improving their roster via free agency.
“We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers,” – said Beane. “We had positive discussions, but ultimately it didn’t make sense for either side. As great a player as Antonio Brown is, we have moved on and our focus is on free agency.”
It was recently reported that Steelers noted other NFL teams that they expect to trade Antonio Brown until Friday. It appeared that Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans had the most interest in landing, but several other teams also enquired about the cost of landing the player. Pittsburgh reportedly had set the initial price on first round pick and other assets, but would now accept just a first rounder.