Packers haven't been involved in trade talks for Antonio Brown

Packers haven't been involved in trade talks for Antonio Brown

Packers haven't been involved in trade talks for Antonio Brown

Make no mistake, acquiring Antonio Brown would have been a big addition for the Buffalo Bills but when Ian Rappoport made the initial report suggested a deal was close, it caught the National Football League world by surprise.

It fills a big need for Buffalo by going out and getting perhaps the best player in the league at that position. Bills general manager Brandon Beane told ESPN's Adam Schefter that despite conversations with the Steelers about Brown, the two sides couldn't get a deal done.

What was the issue? Earlier in the week, the Steelers publicly stated that they wanted to have a deal for Brown in place by Friday.

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But in an interesting twist, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal spoke about the situation and reported the Raiders "balked" at a new contract and opted to hold off on a trade.

This stems from a report from the NFL Network National Insider Ian Rapoport. The Steelers recently imposed a deadline on themselves to move Brown, intending to reach an agreement by close of business on Friday, March 8. Brown demanded a trade after Pittsburgh's season ended. Entering his second season, quarterback Josh Allen now has a markedly inexperienced and unproven group of pass-catchers, led by wide receivers Zay Jones and Robert Foster. "As great a player as Antonio Brown is, we have moved on and our focus is on free agency". But Pittsburgh appeared to find a solid replacement for Bell, who sat out the entire 2018 season, in James Conner, and it has an exciting young talent in wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

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