Good Thursday to you Steelers’ Fans.
By all accounts, Antonio Brown will be traded within the next 24 hours or so. From ESPN to our own sources we have learned that yesterday was quite busy for Kevin Colbert and company as calls came in. At the time of this writing, Oakland appears to be the favorite. We’ve heard numerous possibilities involving the Raiders but other teams such as Carolina, Washington and Philadelphia have made inquiries. If I’ve learned anything in these situations it’s this; either the obvious happens and he goes to the Raiders or some team comes flying in out of nowhere and makes an offer that can’t be refused. Could such a team exist? Why not? I mean, would it surprise anyone if Cleveland made an offer? Not me.
Numerous reports have said the Steelers are sticking to their demand of a first rounder for Brown and I don’t blame them. Take all of his nonsense off the table for a minute and you have the most productive wide receiver of the last five years sitting there to be had. And to reiterate, Colbert isn’t going to give him away for peanuts. If he doesn’t like any of the offers made? Brown remains under contract with the Steelers.
Tweet of the Day… Hey Everyone! Lev has some new tunes coming!!
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— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) March 6, 2019
Was there too much sarcasm in my tone above? I think not.
So let’s assume the Steelers move Brown soon. I get the feeling the team will look to free agency to fill part of the void and then maybe grab a mid-to-late round receiver in the Draft. JuJu Smith-Schuster has obviously proven himself but James Washington is young as is everyone else. A veteran presence in that room would be a good idea.
I expect a new deal for Ben Roethlisberger to be announced either right after the new league year begins or right after AB is traded. Take that any way you’d like.
I see the “we have to keep Ramon Foster” love fest is underway. Look, Foster is 33 years old and has been a very important part of the Steelers’ OL success. That said, you can’t give him a big free agent deal especially after the Steelers tendered B.J. Finney yesterday at $3 million. Foster has been an important guy on and off the field and I’m certain the team would love to keep him but he’s going to want to get paid money that the Steelers just won’t be willing to spend. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him join Mike Munchak in Denver.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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