Antonio Brown could be close to getting his wish.
According to NFL Network, which cited unidentified sources, the Steelers are “closing in” on trading the wide receiver to the Bills.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2019
Brown, though, isn’t quite convinced this deal is true.
He took to Instagram to call the report “fake news.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 8, 2019
Another report from the Buffalo News has emerged saying a deal is not done, and one source even called the deal “unlikely.”
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) 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.