Jerry Rice: Antonio Brown Wants to Play for the 49ers

Antonio Brown in 2017. Photo by Adam Lacy/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown is most likely on the move this offseason, after confronting with team’s staff and players in Week 17 of the 2018 regular season. Now it seems that his preferred destination is San Francisco 49ers.

Former 49ers WR Jerry Rice recently made an appearance on 95.7 The Game, and told the station that he talked to Brown and that the 30-year-old wants to play in San Francisco.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. He wants to come here really bad.” – said Rice when asked whether Brown would like to become a part of the 46ers. “He’s talking about running the hill with me — doing all that and just working out and just picking my brain. I don’t know if it’s going to happen because it’s going to be up to [coach] Kyle Shanahan and also [general manager] John Lynch, but I’m all for it if they want him to come on board.”

Although it remains to be seen where Antonio Brown will end up in 2019, there is no doubt that he would benefit from the mentorship of Jerry Rice, who played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1985 to 2000. During that time, Rice won three Super Bowls, while also earning 12 Pro Bowl selections and being the NFL Offensive Player of the Year two times.

One thing is for sure; Rice would not hesitate to bring in Brown if it was up to him. 

“If it was left up to me, he’d be here in a heartbeat.” – the 56-year-old Hall of Famer added.

It remains to be seen whether the 49ers would be willing to give up assets in order to acquire Antonio Brown. Steelers’ team president Art Rooney II recently said that the organization doesn’t consider releasing him, but that “all other options are on the table.” Rooney also added that it is “hard to envision” that Brown will be with the team once the training camp starts.