Antonio Brown has removed “Steelers” from his Twitter bio and unfollowed the team on social media. He also designed the announcement on Jan. 24 that he’s “open for business.”
Open up for business
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 24, 2019
Team operator Artwork Rooney II has said he will not release the receiver, but “all other choices are on the desk.”
So it appears Brown’s times in Pittsburgh are limited. We are months away from acquiring out how the saga will perform out, but recent reports have fueled speculation on the place Brown will perform in 2019.
Only a handful of options make perception. Here we break down every single potential team for Brown why every single could land one of the greatest receivers in the NFL.
(Income cap numbers via Spotrac.)
Exactly where will Antonio Brown perform in 2019?
San Francisco 49ers
Brown has publicly indicated San Francisco is a put the place he would like to perform, and he seemingly instructed Jerry Rice one thing identical: “He would like to arrive listed here definitely poorly,” Rice said of Brown’s motivation to perform for the 49ers.
The Niners have $46.4 million in projected cap place for 2019, loads to include Brown, and their current roster make-up suggests he would be a suit. San Francisco invested in quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo last year, and Brown could pair nicely with George Kittle, who just established the NFL history for receiving yards by a restricted conclusion in a solitary period.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 1, 2019
The Broncos reportedly are just one of the teams interested in trading for Brown. They will have a projected $37 million in income cap place following period, yet again loads to deliver in Brown, but buying the receiver would restrict Denver in other places (this sort of as acquiring a better quarterback).
Denver has Emmanuel Sanders on the roster, but the veteran tore his Achilles late in the period, and his 2019 income is not confirmed. The Broncos could release Sanders and free up $10.15 million in cap place. So their moving on from Sanders would be the likely circumstance if they want to explore a trade for Brown.
Indianapolis in 2018 rated seventh in yards per recreation (386.2) and fifth in points per recreation (27.1), so for the Colts, Brown would be a luxury. But they also have the most projected cap room available in 2019 ($122.4 million).
But contrary to the circumstances with the 49ers and the Broncos, there have been no reviews or social media exercise linking Brown with the Colts. The only loose relation is Brown’s (former?) teammate Le’Veon Bell reportedly seeking to join the Colts, one thing the managing back has hinted on social media, as effectively.
New York Jets
In the report about the Broncos’ curiosity in a Brown trade, NFL Network also mentions the Jets as a possibility. New York has the next-most projected cap place available ($98.1 million) for 2019, and according to Guess On the internet, the Jets are the odds-on favorites to land the receiver.
Also, like 49ers players, Jets players have been overtly recruiting Brown.
— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) January 2, 2019
There is also the following from Peter King, who stated the Jets as just one of four trade locations:
An notion? Jets trade (Robby) Anderson and a next-round choose to the Steelers for Brown. Jets signal Le’Veon Bell. And the (Steelers East) Jets eventually have the weapons to be a potent NFL offense for the following two or a few yrs.
New York would be having a possibility in bringing in a vast receiver who appears to want out of his current predicament simply because of a dispute with his QB. That might not be a great predicament for a acquiring younger QB like Sam Darnold.
Also, Brown has experienced some troubles with the Pittsburgh media, so imagine the trouble he could have with the press in New York.
Brown to Arizona, and Patrick Peterson to Pittsburgh? The veteran cornerback reportedly requested Arizona to trade him again in Oct, and the Steelers could be a great suit for him. Likewise, Arizona could use a receiver to support Josh Rosen (or, perhaps, Kyler Murray?) if Larry Fitzgerald retires. Even if Fitz returns, he will not be there for substantially for a longer period, and Brown would be a wonderful transition, talent-sensible. Arizona also has the cap place (projected $56.5 million) to deliver him in.
This could be a win-win trade for the two sides.
In addition to the Jets, King stated the Raiders as just one of four likely trade spots for Brown. As King points out, Oakland has “four to start with-round picks in the following two drafts and a mentor who will not panic the distraction.” The team recently dealt absent Amari Cooper and could use a new No. 1 wideout.
The Raiders have the fifth-most cap place (projected $73.4 million) available for 2019, and Gruden has praised Brown in the previous. Down below are the coach’s comments from December:
“They shift him all over almost everywhere. You really do not know the place he’s going to be. He can operate just about every route you dream up. I say that about other receivers, but he can operate double moves, he can operate by you, he can operate crossing routes, he’s extremely great right after the catch. What’s the biggest factor about this person, I have instructed all of our receivers, if you get a possibility to observe him observe, you are going to see what unlocks the greatness in him. He’s the hardest performing person, I consider, in soccer. Most difficult performing player I have at any time noticed observe. I have noticed Jerry Rice, I have noticed a large amount of great kinds, but I put Antonio Brown at the leading. If there are any younger wideouts out there, I’d go observe him observe. You determine out by yourself why he’s this sort of a great player.”
That looks like a quote from a coach who would be willing to trade for Brown. And Oakland has the assets to do it.