Antonio Brown will be on another NFL team soon. The Steelers, per reports, are trying to trade him by Friday while getting a first round pick in exchange for the second most prolific receiver in franchise history. While there is a clear front-runner in the Antonio Brown Sweepstakes, there are several other NFL teams that shouldn’t be ruled out over the next 48 hours.
On Wednesday, NFL Network released the top landing spots for Brown, who will be most likely be playing somewhere other than Pittsburgh in 2019.
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1) OAKLAND RAIDERS
The Raiders remain the front runner to trade for Antonio Brown. Oakland, 4-12 last season, has the draft picks (they currently have the 4th, 24th, 27th and 35th overall picks in this year’s draft) and cap space to acquire Brown, who led the NFL with 15 touchdown receptions last season.
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2) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Antonio Brown has made it known that he would like to play for the 49ers, a team that would like to complement young quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with an elite receiver. Brown posted an image of himself in a San Francisco jersey earlier this offseason, while NFL and 49ers legend Jerry Rice has lobbied for his former team to sign the seven time Pro Bowl receiver.
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3) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
The Seattle Seahawks would surely love to acquire a playmaker like Brown to team up with quarterback Russell Wilson, who has worked out with the Pro Bowl quarterback in previous offseasons. Seattle is coming off a 10-6 regular season and a wild card playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
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4) GREEN BAY PACKERS
In Green Bay, Antonio Brown would be teamed up with Aaron Rodgers, who is in the middle of a Hall of Fame career. Rodgers, who defeated the Steelers while claiming MVP honors in Super Bowl XLV (Brown’s rookie season), threw 25 touchdowns against just two interceptions last season for the Packers, who failed to make the playoffs after finishing the 2018 season with a 6-9-1 record.
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5) TENNESSEE TITANS
The Tennessee Titans, a year after advancing to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs, failed to qualify for the postseason in 2018 despite compiling a 9-7 record for a third consecutive year. In Nashville, Brown would be teamed up with quarterback Marcus Mariota, who owns a 27-28 regular season record as the Titans’ starting quarterback.
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6) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans may make a late push to acquire Brown would possibly giving themselves the final piece to their Super Bowl puzzle. The Saints finished just short of advancing to Super Bowl LIII after losing in overtime to the Rams in the NFC Championship Game.
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7) DENVER BRONCOS
NFL Network has given the Broncos the seventh best odds at acquiring Brown despite multiple reports stating that Denver is not going to further pursue trading for Brown, who victimized them to the tune of 189 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s 2015 regular season victory over the eventual Super Bowl 50 champs.
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8) ARIZONA CARDINALS
Like the Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals has reportedly bowed out of the Antonio Brown Sweepstakes. Along with Arizona and Denver, the New York Jets have also reportedly taken themselves off the market with regard to a possible trade for Brown. That being said, nothing can officially be ruled out until Brown is actually traded to another NFL team.
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9) WASHINGTON REDSKINS
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last Friday that the Redskins were one of the first teams that showed interest in possible trading for Brown. Washington, who is trying to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015, currently own the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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10) PITTSBURGH STEELERS
While it’s a near certainty that Brown will leave Pittsburgh, Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert said during the NFL combine that Pittsburgh won’t trade Brown unless they receive equal value in exchange for the NFL’s most productive receiver over the past eight years. The Steelers reportedly want a first round pick for Brown and will try to get one while trading Brown to another NFL team by Friday.