Some people say yes to whether or not Antonio Brown is out of Pittsburgh.
Following an alleged blow up between himself and Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown has been in the spotlight and out of the public eye. However, With Art Rooney saying he wouldn’t be against trading Brown and many teams eyeing the open market, Brown is everything hot in the news right now.
Though it would be earth-shaking to move a player of his calibre there are more than a few problems.
The first issue to overcome would be his price. A player of Brown’s talent rarely comes available and the cost is usually immense.
Look at other blockbuster trades this past offseason. Khalil Mack and the New York Jets’ first-round trade of 2018 was just a few examples of the high cost of winning.
Is he worth a first rounder or two? Maybe a trade for a lower wide receiver two and a great set of picks would do.
The second issue is finding a team with that kind of trade opportunity and the cap space to take the hit for such a potentially large contract.
Yes, it is possible for teams to cut players and make room but is he worth putting that kind of stake in for a future of winning.
Teams with a high first-round pick may have a need for a proven wide receiver and instant starter but they may be overlooking the draft.
The draft may be a more reasonable option for some teams and the 2019 class has more than a few great prospects that could walk onto the field and help carry a team on Week 1.
Ole Miss has a great pair of wide receivers in A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf.
Paris Campbell from Ohio State is another good shot as a walk-on starter. Even if a team is set on trading for Brown they can’t help but wonder if the next AB is just one pick away.
That would save on the salary cap and would let the team build up other necessities to help make a star receiver.
Whether Brown is traded or kept is yet to be seen but what we do know is that this offseason belongs to the grips of the Brown media whirlwind.
If he is traded – which team spends the money? If he is kept – what are the repercussions? If frogs had wings – will the Steelers keep Le’Veon Bell?
All questions will be answered eventually but until then, we will have to batten down the hatches and wait.