For a moment on Thursday night, it seemed as if the Antonio Brown saga was finally over, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers were sending their disgruntled receiver to the Buffalo Bills.
In the end, however, there was only more drama — the final hurdle to the trade, according to Rapoport, was whether or not Brown would choose to report to the Bills, and by Friday morning, it was reported that he’d killed the trade.
If Brown doesn’t want to play on the Bills, that’s certainly his right. However, the Bills are a team on the rise, especially with a solid defense last season; Brown could have paired with 2018’s No. 7 pick, quarterback Josh Allen, to provide stability on the other end. The Bills may be an easy target, but the stigma of the past doesn’t apply like it used to.
At any rate, it seems like there may be a new resolution to this saga soon. On Friday afternoon, Brown went on Instagram Live to tease the announcement of his new team, coming soon.
It hasn’t been the first time that we’ve been baited with a “big announcement” like this, but if some team is able to swing a trade for Brown and get the talented receiver to buy in, they'll definitely reap the benefits on the field.