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Report: Steelers close to trading Antonio Brown to Bills

Brown was named to four All-Pro teams and seven Pro Bowls during his nine-year career in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers are reportedly closing in on a deal to send Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Bills, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Buffalo went 6–10 last season under rookie quarterback Josh Allen.

Brown, 30, spent nine seasons with Pittsburgh, who selected him out of Central Michigan during the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He was named to four All-Pro teams and seven Pro Bowls during his Steelers’ tenure.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Brown tweeted a video thanking Steelers fans “for a big 9 years,” stating that it was “time to move on and forward.” Shortly after Brown shared the video, he met with the Steelers in Florida and was officially put on the trading block.

The Raiders, Redskins and Titans were all rumored to be frontrunners for Brown. The Bills were quieter about their desire to acquire the star wideout, per Rapoport.

Shortly after news of Browns’ trade was reported, he commented on an Instagram posted by the NFL about the trade saying the report was “fake news.”

Brown had signed a four-year, $68 million extension with Pittsburgh during the 2017 offseason.

Brown’s relationship with the Steelers frayed as the 2018 regular season drew to a close. He sat out Pittsburgh’s Week 17 matchup against the Bengals after sitting out practice and reportedly getting into a dispute with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but he later downplayed the incident. During an impromptu Q&A on Twitter last month, Brown reiterated his frustrations about the franchise QB, saying that Roethlisberger possessed “an owner mentality,” and criticizing the signal-caller’s treatment of teammates.

Steelers president Art Rooney II previously said the team would not release Brown, adding that “all other options are on the table” last month. Rooney also stated that it would be “hard to envision” Brown still with Pittsburgh when the team breaks for training camp in July.

Brown said he takes no blame for his fallout with the team but was ready for a trade.

Despite missing the team’s regular-season finale last season, Brown still caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a Steelers’ single-season record of 15 touchdowns.

Brown’s 11,207 receiving yards and 74 receiving touchdowns rank second all-time in Steelers franchise history. His 86.2 receiving yards per game is the best mark in Pittsburgh team history.

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