Steelers won't consider this Antonio Brown nightmare trade

Why Steelers Are Built to be Better Without Antonio Brown Le'Veon Bell

If the Packers wanted to add Brown, they would.

The big news on Tuesday was all about Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Brown can not be traded until March 13, the start of the NFL's league year.

Brown has three years remaining on a five-year $72.7m contract extension he signed before the 2017 season. And even then, it may not make sense given his salary demands.

After all, the team needs a vertical threat to stretch opposing defenses and take some pressure off Brady and the underneath short-to-intermediate passing game. Brown established himself as the best wide receiver in the league during his nine years in Pittsburgh.

First of all, the team doesn't have as much cap space this year as they normally seem to.

But the Eagles can not afford not only his salary - $12.6 million this year and a total salary cap hit of $22.1 million when his prorated signing bonus kicks in - but also the baggage he brings.

Brown is due to earn just under $13 million in 2019.

You'll see the Packers tied with the Cowboys as the second-most likely team to trade for Brown behind the 49ers, who are the runaway favorites at +285. Considering how they handled Le'Veon Bell's holdout, the Steelers are sure to hold off for as long as they can, unless someone offers them a juicy deal. The Steelers are likely not going to trade him to a top AFC team because why would they want to help their competition?

Bitter as it may be to accept, Patriots fans shouldn't be holding their breath waiting for news of an A.B. trade to Foxborough anytime soon.

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