Antonio Brown won’t play the 2019 season in Pittsburgh, or Buffalo, for that matter.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane told ESPN discussions between his team and the Steelers for the All-Pro wideout “ultimately didn’t make sense for either side.”
Bills’ GM Brandon Beane: “We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers. We had positive discussions, but ultimately it didn’t make sense for either side. As great a player as Antonio Brown is, we have moved on and our focus is on free agency.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2019
Brown was skeptical of the deal from the start and went as far as to call it “fake news” on Instagram.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 8, 2019
The Steelers had made it clear that they weren’t willing to send Brown to an AFC North team or the Patriots. The team was reportedly planning to deal Brown by the end of the week after telling inquirers to get their best offers in as soon as possible.
Brown, 30, finished with 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns last season. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection boasts 11,207 receiving yards and 74 scores in his nine-year career spent entirely in Pittsburgh after being selected in the sixth round of the 2010 draft.
He requested a trade last month after missing the Steelers’ final week of practice and sitting out the regular-season finale against the Bengals amid an alleged feud with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Brown recently went into detail about how things unraveled over the last few months, pointing to a disconnect between the players and ownership as he refused to take blame in the fallout.