Disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown wanted out of the “Steel City,” badly. However, you have to believe that he, along with everyone else, is surprised that he’ll be headed to the Buffalo Bills.
And obviously, that means the Miami Dolphins will be seeing the former Steelers All Pro twice this season and for the foreseeable future.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport had the info first late Thursday night that the Steelers, who had numerous teams interested, had elected to do a deal with Buffalo:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2019
So, instead of other possible destinations like the Raiders, the Saints, the Redskins or the Cardinals, who have been in the hunt, it’s Western New York and the AFC East.
Brown had developed a contentious, almost soap opera-like relationship with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh over the course of the last couple of seasons. And, after the Steelers petered out with Brown refusing to play in week 17 and missing the playoffs, Brown had a meeting with Steelers owner Art Rooney last month in South Florida. At that point, both sides proclaimed that Brown would be allowed to move on and be traded somewhere.
However, you have to believe that he thought it might be headed to a big market and or at least a playoff contender. And, those things would not be the team in Western New York that’s had only one playoff season this century.
Brown has caught for at least 1,200 yards in each of the last six seasons and had 15 touchdown receptions in 2018 which was a career-high. Brown is a seven time Pro Bowler, a four-time All-Pro and is regarded as one of the top two or three big play receivers in all of the NFL.
Brown agreed to four year $68 million contract that included a $19 million signing bonus last year and is supposed to have $6 million more coming in the form of a roster bonus next week.
Now if the report is in fact correct, and he’s a Buffalo Bill, then he becomes a Dolphins problem at least twice a year, as well. This means that new head coach Brian Flores and his defensive staff have the game plan for one of the tremendous game-breakers in the NFL.
Bills fans have to be excited that Brown is now paired with young quarterback Josh Allen, who showed flashes of success in his rookie season of 2018. This included, him defeating the Dolphins in the matchup in Buffalo.
The NFL schedule with the two Dolphin-Buffalo games will come out in April.
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