Antonio Brown could be on his way out of Pittsburgh by the end of the week.
Teams that have spoken to the Steelers about a potential trade for the wide receiver have been told that a deal is expected to be in place by Friday, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.
According to NFL Media, which also cited unidentified sources, the Steelers have begun telling teams that they are moving quickly and to get their best offers in as soon as possible. The report noted that three teams have entered the running for Brown in the last 48 hours, while the Jets and Cardinals have pulled out.
However, ESPN noted later Wednesday it was down to a “one team race” and that “other teams decided the price was too high.”
It was also reported last week that the 49ers have not engaged in discussions with the Steelers, even though San Francisco was rumored to be one of Brown’s preferred destinations.
The Steelers already have made it clear that they would rather not send him to an AFC North team or the Patriots.
Brown, 30, finished with 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns last season. He has spent his entire nine-year career in Pittsburgh but 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.
He recently went into detail about what went wrong with the team over the last few months, pointing to a disconnect between the players and ownership as he refused to take blame in the fallout.