Raiders coach Jon Gruden deflects Antonio Brown trade questions

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Raiders coach Jon Gruden remained coy about the Raiders’ interest in Antonio Brown. 

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert revealed last week that three teams have inquired about Brown’s availability, though he confirmed more organizations have shown interest since then.

When asked if the Raiders’ were one of the franchises that have contacted Pittsburgh to work on a potential deal for the 30-year-old wide receiver, Gruden said: “I don’t know. … I don’t have any comment on any of that. I am not going to take the cheese on that one.”

Gruden also was asked whether Brown’s age or his desire for a big contract would play a factor in the Raiders’ interest in acquiring the receiver. He didn’t completely deny that Oakland might be interested. 

“Well, I don’t like veteran players, so I’ll just leave it at that,” he said (via The Athletic). “I’m not going to speculate about anybody. We are going to look at every vehicle possible. Certainly the financial part of every acquisition has to be considered, but we are going to look into everybody’s availability and what we think is best for our team.” 

Brown met with Steelers owner Art Rooney II last week to “clear the air” and both sides “agreed that it is time to move on.” The Steelers have indicated that they “will dictate” his next destination and they won’t settle for anything less than what they believe the star receiver is worth, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Brown, who has spent his entire nine-year career with the Steelers, tallied 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in 2018.