Steelers GM Kevin Colbert makes it clear no team is off limits for Antonio Brown, including Patriots

Ryan Hannable
February 27, 2019 - 12:27 pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- It appears Antonio Brown likely will not play another game for the Steelers, as the two have gone separate ways and the wide receiver should be traded at some point this offseason.

It seemed Brown had no chance of being dealt to competing teams, like the AFC North or the Patriots, but speaking at the NFL combine on Wednesday, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert indicated that isn't necessarily the case.

“We haven’t eliminated anybody," he said.

With that being said, the Steelers are not just going to trade him for the sake of trading him, they need to get worthwhile compensation.

“Ideally, you want to trade him to somebody you’ll never play but you can’t do that, because if you’re good enough to get to the Super Bowl, you have to play him any way,’’ Colbert said. “The less you would play him, the better, but if a team comes through with the best compensation, we have to balance that out. OK, we’re going to play him, twice a year, but we’re going to get the best compensation, so it’s our job to do the better job with the compensation and you have to weigh that all into the discussion.’’

Just last week, Colbert said three teams had inquired on Brown, but that number has gone up and it seems he will leave Indianapolis this week with a better idea of what is going to happen with him.

"Interest has grown and it will continue to go one way or another because we’re here at the combine," he said. "We’re learning about alternatives to your current team. ... You may come away feeling better, you may feel worse. But the one thing that doesn’t change is Antonio Brown’s value not only to us, but to anybody else in the National Football League. …[Trade possibilities] will be more clear at the end of this week."

Brown is signed through 2021 and has cap hits of $22.1 million, $18.3 million and $19.5 million the next three seasons.

Relating to the Patriots, they will certainly be in the market for wide receivers so it is worth keeping tabs on Brown because not only will he likely impact the free agent market, if the price is right, who knows, maybe it's worth sending over a trade proposal.

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