The Antonio Brown era in Pittsburgh was officially concluded for about an hour last night as the Buffalo Bills acquired the 7x Pro Bowl and 5x All-Pro receiver via trade for about an hour, per Ian Rapoport.
Brown, 30, since entering the league in 2010 has totaled 837 receptions, 11,207 yards, 74 touchdowns. He has arguably been the most dominate WR in the past decade, but his lack of a personal relationship with Ben Roethlisberger has frustrated him to the point of demanding a trade.
It’s extremely surprising to see Buffalo come out of nowhere to make this move. It’s a pretty puzzling move for the Bills because now you’re jeopardizing the development of Josh Allen in his second season. If Antonio Brown happens to have another issue with a quarterback such as; Allen missing Brown on routes early in the season, not throwing him the ball consistently enough for him, or the most likely one of the Bills failing to win enough games.
Antonio Brown has been and is still is clearly one of the most-talented receivers in the world, but this seems to be a desperate move by Buffalo to trying to compete immediately.
Update: (Half Hour Later)
Antonio Brown is now calling the reported trade “fake news” on the NFL’s Instagram comments. If this doesn’t summarize this saga in a nutshell idk what does…
The Bills would have risked the progression and development of Josh Allen, but most importantly they should actually see if Antonio Brown actually wants to play in Buffalo before they sign a guy who is claiming “fake news” which probably is not too good of a sign.
Stay tuned for more updates because I’m sure this won’t be the end of it…