On his radio show “Movin’ The Chains” on SirusXM this week the former NFL player turned analyst, Jim Miller, believes that the perfect spot for the embattled Steelers WR Antonio Brown is Tampa Bay. With the probable departure of WR’s DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries, it could create a spot for a talent like Brown.
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— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) February 14, 2019
The talented receiver has been unhappy in Pittsburgh for some time now with reported disagreements with long-standing franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger, angst over not receiving team MVP, and even getting into social media fights at the start of the 2018 season. A fight that was in a response to a former Steelers employee that remarked Brown wouldn’t be that good outside of Pittsburgh.
AB needs to thank his lucky stars, because he was drafted by a team that had Ben. And Ben got AB paid. You know darn well he wouldn’t put up those numbers for other teams.
— /skɑrps/ (@Scarpizio) September 16, 2018
Brown responded simply saying, “Trade me let’s find out.”
Once the season was over, it all came to a head for Brown, and he requested a trade from the Steelers. Even though the Steelers front office has made no public remarks that they are shopping the talented WR, Brown even went so far as to bid his farewell to fans on Twitter.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019
In a twist of events, it was announced that Antonio Brown recently decided to meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney. Making everything that is going on in the Brown story as clear as mud. That said, Jim Miller believes that HC Bruce Arians and his staff has what it takes to handle Brown and get the most of out him. I’m not so sure that may be the case, as he didn’t seem amused by what he characterized as diva action’s on Brown’s part during Ian Rapoport’s recent podcast.
Even if Tampa Bay was an interested party, the salary cap math to bring him to the Bay isn’t clear-cut. Brown still has 3 years left on his deal, and his 2019 cap hit will be $22,165,000 (Then $18.3M in 2020 and $19.5M in 2021). Currently the Bucs have just over $15 million in cap space after cutting Curry, and it is obviously not enough. In order to do so the Bucs will need to shed many more key pieces to comfortably trade for a prospect like Brown and sign/draft needs in other key areas. Something that seems unlikely at this point, but crazier things have happened in the NFL.
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