Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is ready for a change. The disgruntled Brown took to his Twitter Tuesday to thank Steeler Nation for nine years with the black and yellow and announce that it's "time to move on and forward."
He's not gone yet, but a trade is expected.
The seven-time Pro Bowler has a very movable contract, as any team that trades for him will owe Brown fewer than $39 million over the next three seasons (if he doesn't expect a new contract).
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If the Steelers are able to ship AB out of town, they likely won't do him any favors, and here are a few landing spots that probably wouldn't be too fun for him if the front office wants to put him in an unfavorable situation.
Cold weather, Josh Allen, and not a chance of winning anything (sorry Buffalo). The Bills are probably one of the few spots in the AFC that Pittsburgh would send Brown. The Steelers would barely have to face him (if at all), and while Bills Mafia may have high hopes for their young QB, he was pretty much what we expected. Big, strong, athletic and horribly inaccurate. Allen has never completed 60 percent of his passes, not even in high school, so don't expect that part of his game to improve too much. He finished his rookie with campaign with a 52.8 completion percentage, 6.5 yards per attempt and 10 touchdowns to 12 interceptions.
The Skins are a mess. Unfortunately, it looks like quarterback Alex Smith's career is over after a gruesome leg injury. The 2018 season saw a number of guys line up under center, including such names as Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez, and a man who until this year hadn't completed a pass since 2011 in Josh Johnson. The lone bright spot for Washington's offense was Adrian Peterson's 1000-yard season. This would be the perfect opportunity to allow the Redskins to win the offseason press conference (as they typically do) and allow Brown to join in on the mediocrity that is Washington Redskins football.
While the Cardinals do have something to be excited about with a new offensive-minded head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, this offensive line is old and unathletic. The Cardinals have serious issues that Antonio Brown can't fix. Josh Rosen showed flashes of tremendous arm talent at times last season, but with an O-line this bad and an injury-prone QB like Rosen, a deep-threat like Brown wouldn't see nearly the numbers that he would if he remained in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform. Also, Kingsbury was a bad coach in college. Why in the world do we think he's going to be good in the NFL?
Remember when everyone thought the Jaguars were so good? It's funny what happens when a healthy Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson come back to your division. As talented as the Jags may be on defense, this team will never go anywhere with Blake Bortles behind center. Throw in a running back in Leonard Fournette who has already missed 11 games in his young career, and teams would be able to solely focus on AB with a quarterback that is incapable of threatening a defense down the field.