- Brown has requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Sportsbooks have established the Indianapolis Colts as favorites to land WR Antonio Brown.
- Sportsbooks also offer a prop on whether Brown and Steelers RB Le’Veon Belll will end up with the same NFL team.
What are NFL teams willing to do for Antonio Brown?
After a late-season spat with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and especially with Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Antonio Brown insisted he was done with the Steelers and demanded a trade.
— 105.7FM The FAN (@1057FMTheFan) February 20, 2019
Brown was benched for the final game of the NFL regular season. He skipped out on the remainder of that week’s practices, reportedly after a Wednesday spat with Roethlisberger.
Nailing down a potential destination for Brown is no easy task. Talent-wise he’s on top of his game. He was 11th in the league in receiving yardage last season (1,297) and his 15 touchdown catches led all wideouts.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 21, 2019
Sportsbooks are pegging the Indianapolis Colts as the favorites to acquire Brown’s services. It’s difficult to find any of the other 31 NFL teams that couldn’t use him in their lineup.
Odds Who Antonio Brown Plays For Week 1 of 2019 Season
|Team||Odds On Which Team Antonio Brown Will Be With For Week 1 of 2019 NFL Season|
|San Francisco 49ers||+500|
|New York Jets||+500|
|New England Patriots||+800|
|Field (Any Other Team)||+400|
*All odds taken 2/22
Just ten days ago, some books listed the Pittsburgh Steelers as the favorites with +150 odds, in spite of his goodbye message. Other books had the Arizona Cardinals as their favorite with +450 odds.
What Brown Can Do For Your Team
It’s more like what can’t he do?
Talent-wise, Brown is a legitmate No. 1 NFL receiver. No one can deny that fact. He catches lots of balls each season and goes for plenty of yardage. And he finds the end zone with frequency.
GM Kevin Colbert sets the parameters for trading Antonio Brown.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) February 20, 2019
His combination of speed and quickness allow him to get to open areas in seams. Brown’s talents draw double teams, which open up other avenues of offensive opportunity on the field.
The Drawbacks To A Deal
Brown is 31 and although he’s yet to exhibit any decline in his abilities, generally, receivers not named Larry Fitzgerald begin to regress the deeper they get into their 30s.
Antonio Brown thinks Ben Roethlisberger has an "owner mentality," and now we know why that is https://t.co/b2YxytPHWn
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 21, 2019
Obviously, the elephant in the room in any deal is Brown’s diva antics. He has a history of bizarre episodes. Is his talent worth the potential risk that he becomes a polarizing figure and destabilizes a locker room?
Two For The Price Of One?
Sportsbooks are also offering a prop wager on whether Brown and RB Le’Veon Bell, who sat out last season in a contract dispute with the Steelers, might team up elsewhere.
Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty I am free at last ??????
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) February 20, 2019
Bell also hasn’t endeared himself to the Steelers with his recent behavior.
Odds Le’Veon Bell & Antonio Brown On Same Team Week 1 Of 2019 Season
|Will Le’Veon Bell And Antonio Brown To Be On Same Team For Week 1 Of 2019 NFL Season?||Odds|
The thought of both players being teammates somewhere else is very unlikely to come to fruition.
Former Steelers OC, Todd Haley, talks about coaching Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown…
"Le'Veon is a guy totally into football"
"AB is the hardest worker I've ever been around"
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— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) February 20, 2019
Bell wants to be paid big-time dollars. Brown’s contract is up in 2021, so any team seeking to invest in him beyond his current pact can’t afford both stipends.
What Does The Future Hold?
We can see the reasoning behind a Brown to Colts move, but not the logic. The Colts speak a lot of developing a culture in their room. Are they going to want to risk infecting that with cancer?
8 NFL teams who should trade for Antonio Brown pic.twitter.com/BCsPpG6Zv8
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) February 21, 2019
Weighing probabilities, the 49ers make the most sense. San Fran needs a target for QB Jimmy Garappolo. Brown likes the Bay Area. And it gets him far away from Pittsburgh.