Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets are now “out” involving negotiations per acquiring Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown.
Just when you thought they were in, the world tells us they’re out.
The Antonio Brown sweepstakes are heating up: Sources say the #Steelers have begun telling teams that this is moving quickly and to give their best offers ASAP. This could wrap up soon. 3 new teams have jumped in the last 48 hours. Meanwhile, #Jets, #AZCardinals are out.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2019
“The Antonio Brown sweepstakes are heating up: Sources say the #Steelers have begun telling teams that this is moving quickly and to give their best offers ASAP. This could wrap up soon. 3 new teams have jumped in the last 48 hours. Meanwhile, Jets, Cardinals are out.”
Brown, 30, will soon find himself in a new city. It’s clear the Steelers are pushing it quickly.
The Jets made sense as the next destination for many reasons. In needing a true No. 1 wide receiver to pair with Sam Darnold, the stud target would come as a bargain due to his guaranteed money being gobbled up by Pittsburgh.
It makes no sense based on where the Jets franchise sits today.
The house still needs to be built. Brown is a roster-completion move. He’s not a foundational target.
Moreover, his recent stubborn and troubling comments making reference to the new team needing to “play by his rules” completely contrast with the wants and needs of Adam Gase’s new locker room.
In 2018, the stud caught 104 balls for 1,297 yards and 15 scores through the air. There’s no questioning his overall production on the field.
The major reason he’ll be traded soon is the nagging $2.5 million roster bonus due on March 17. The Pittsburgh Steelers will surely do everything in their power to commence a deal prior to that specific date.
As of now, it doesn’t seem Antonio Brown is headed to the New York Jets.