Pittsburgh was reportedly looking to have a Brown trade in place before the weekend, but that doesn't appear likely anymore.
Multiple reports have come out that despite the positive talks, any chance of a trade between the Bills and Steelers fell apart when Brown would not commit to joining the Bills. Rapoport noted that while the Bills employed "stealth" in their approach, in that they were not among the teams prominently linked to him, they "have a need" at the position. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports used the words "nowhere close" to describe the negotiations.
For a few hours late Thursday heading into Friday, it looked like star wide receiver Antonio Brown was about to be traded into the New England Patriots' division. "The Steelers now must find another suitor". There's just one problem: According to Brown, this isn't actually happening. Things then deteriorated over the offseason, with Brown airing his frustration about the organization and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a number of times. Brown had apparently torpedoed the trade, due to a disinterest in playing for Buffalo. That was quickly refuted by other league insiders, and disputed by Brown himself, who commented "fake news" on an Instagram post referencing the report. Rapoport indicated as much Friday morning, too, but shortly after Schefter spoke with Beane, Rapoport also changed his tune.
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Brown spoke with Pittsburgh owner Art Rooney II earlier this off-season and decided it would be best for the two to part ways.
"We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers", Beane said.
Pittsburgh would have an awkward situation to handle next season if Brown is still in town.