The Pittsburgh Steelers have finally completed a deal involving embattled wide receiver Antonio Brown. After a deal failed sending him to the Buffalo Bills, business will now be boomin’ in the Bay Area. With Brown traded to the Oakland Raiders, the Steelers can move past the drama and focus on the future. Brown’s behavior since week 17 led to this point, and was his strategy to force his release. Brown finally met with team officials in Florida to clear the air over his behavior. Both parties agreed it was time to move on and agreed with trading him. Kevin Colbert made it clear from the get-go though that there’d be no discounts and that the team would control the situation.
The Pittsburgh Steelers received a third and fifth round pick.
Chest Up, Eyes Up, Traded Up….North To Buffalo, Not
Since Brown walked out on the Steelers in week 17, he’s flirted with several different teams on social media. He flirted mostly with the San Francisco 49ers. Brown’s actions became more erratic as the flirtation progressed, which seemed to be some sort of strategy to force his release. Unfortunately for him, the Steelers weren’t playing games. They told Brown in no uncertain terms that they were in control of where he went. They proved it by nearly closing a deal with the Buffalo Bills.
When reports of the trade with the Bills surfaced, Brown dismissed it as fake news. Brown had no interest in Buffalo and apparently killed the deal. The Raiders may seem like a better option for Brown, but are they really? Brown wants to win now, but the Raiders are in a building mode. When the reality of his new situation sets in a few days from now, maybe he’ll finally realize how good he truly had it in Pittsburgh. Brown will see a big difference between Ben Roethlisberger and Derek Carr. He’ll see an even bigger difference between the Steelers and the Raiders once July rolls around. As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.
The Bottom Line
The Steelers vs Brown saga is finally over and everyone can finally move on. While it’s impossible to replace talent like Brown’s, the Steelers offense is in great shape and still has plenty of weapons. In fact, the Steelers as a team can come out of this in much better shape. Assuming they obtain an extra premium pick this year, this is the perfect draft to bolster an ever improving defense. The chance to add several young playmakers on defense could be all the Steelers need for a title. If successful we all owe Brown our sincerest thanks. How ironic would that be?