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Bills trade talks with Steelers for Antonio Brown ended early Friday

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Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Hope you enjoyed the Antonio Brown era in Buffalo.

After we wrote late Thursday night about the report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that the Bills had apparently reached an agreement with the Steelers to acquire the disgruntled superstar wide receiver, the deal never finalized.

And, so now on Friday morning, Buffalo General Manager Brandon Beane not only confirmed that they were trying to make the trade, but more importantly that the potential deal was off:

The further reason being reported by numerous outlets nationally and in Pittsburgh is that Brown apparently made it clear through agent Drew Rosenhaus that he would not go to Buffalo to play, if traded.

So, for teams like the Dolphins, the Jets and the Patriots they no longer have to worry, apparently, about Brown being in the division. That is, unless Pittsburgh suddenly has a deal with one of them for the multi time All-Pro receiver, which at his price tag and with all the drama, isn’t likely.

The question now becomes: where, if anywhere, the disgruntled Brown will be traded or whether the Steelers might suddenly become the same heavy-handed organization that they were with Le’Veon Bell the last two seasons?

And, after not getting a long term contract with huge guaranteed money, Bell chose to sit the entire 2018 year rather than play for the one season Franchise Tag, as he had done the year before.

It’s also important to remember that Brown is under contract for three more years and it’s a lucrative one. And, he’s also do a $6 million roster bonus by Pittsburgh coming up next week.

So, with numerous teams that apparently inquired but no deal done yet, the very real possibility is Brown and the Steelers are headed for an ugly holdout mess, at least in the short-term.

That is, unless the Steelers can find a trade another partner later on Friday or this weekend, etc. and Brown doesn’t blow that deal up, too.

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