The Steelers are expected to trade wide receiver Antonio Brown in the very near future (by Friday, according to Adam Schefter), and likely no later than March 17, when he’s owed a $2.5 million roster bonus.
Any team invested in a negotiation is going to try to get as much value back in a deal as they can, which might explain why reports on the extent of the Steelers’ ask varies from multiple first-round picks to anything just to move on from Brown and his sideshow of grievance-airings.
We polled the editors of the NFL Wire Network in an effort to glean some insight behind what a team might be willing to give the Steelers for Brown (and other compensation).
San Francisco 49ers
49ers get: Antonio Brown, Steelers’ 2019 5th-round pick
Steelers get: 49ers’ 2019 2nd-round pick (36 overall), 6th-round pick (177 overall)
It’s hard to imagine the 49ers giving up premium capital for Brown at the point.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t need elite talent at receiver to move the football, and Mr.
Big Chest’s off-season social media storm surely hasn’t warmed the “culture-first” 49ers up to him. This would be a luxury move for San Francisco where they give up a pick they were likely going to use on a receiver anyway, and recoup a fifth-round pick they lost in the Laken Tomlinson trade in 2017.
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Brown would immediately be the 49ers’ No. 1 pass-catching option, and would be primed for the best season by a 49ers’ receiver since Terrell Owens donned red and gold.
— Kyle Madson, Niners Wire
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