I started The Hook Boston back in 2015, been talking Boston sports since 2012.
“Here’s an interesting thing that went down in the Antonio Brown chase. The Patriots offered the Steelers a 2nd round pick and a 4th round pick for Antonio Brown but the Steelers wanted no part in doing a trade with them.” – Ian Rapoport on NFL Network
Of course they shut it down. This is something Uncle Eric had to combat constantly on the Instagram account. “Hello New England!” some people were saying. “The Bills are out. Here’s comes Bill with the hammer,” they said.
There’s no way the Steelers would be trading someone like Antonio Brown to the Patriots. The Steelers are not in rebuild mode. They’ll have Big Ben for another year or two and they want to compete. There’s no reason why they won’t at least compete for the AFC North crown this coming year.
Personally, I would have explored options to get Antonio out of the conference completely. That’s why I thought Arizona was a great fit. BUT, The Raiders do seem to be a year or two away from competing. And maybe the Steelers know that in a situation where the team needs good attitudes and good leadership during a rebuild, that Brown would be the poison to take them down.
Now the Raiders have gone and made Trent Brown an addition to their offense. They’re officially making moves. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of team Oakland is this year.
But to the Patriots? If the Steelers make it to the playoffs and plan to make it deep, they’ll be seeing New England. There’s no doubts about it. No need to empower TB12, even if they decided to offer a first rounder.