The Steelers and Bills apparently were making progress on a trade for Antonio Brown Thursday, but he nixed the deal, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
News of a trade caused a stir Thursday night, with Brown himself jumping into the debate. After NFL Network tweeted that “The Steelers are closing in on a deal to send star WR Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills,” Brown tweeted, “Fake news.”
Bills general manager Brandon Beane later told ESPN that Buffalo inquired about the All-Pro wideout, but talks between the two teams “ultimately didn’t make sense for either side,” and the team has “moved on.”
But the Post-Gazette reported a source said the “deal fell apart because Antonio Brown nixed going to Buffalo.”
The Steelers have reportedly been planning to deal Brown by the end of the week, but the Post-Gazette said there is now no deadline for a deal to be worked out.
MMQB reported Friday there are “very few options left” for Pittsburgh to trade Brown.
The seven-time Pro Bowl selection 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.
The 30-year-old Brown had 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns last season.