We finally have clarity on the Antonio Brown/Buffalo Bills saga, and it comes straight from the source.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane said in a statement Friday morning that trade discussions involving Brown ultimately "didn’t make sense for either side" and that Buffalo has "moved on" from the star Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver.
A statement from GM Brandon Beane. pic.twitter.com/GK8wMqFTCA— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) March 8, 2019
Beane's statement comes after a confusing night of conflicting reports. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported late Thursday night the Bills were "closing in" on a trade with Pittsburgh for Brown, a report Brown himself denied on Instagram.
Schefter and The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci followed up with reports that the trade appeared "unlikely," with Schefter citing a source saying the trade was never close to happening.
Another source on a potential Antonio Brown-to-Buffalo trade said it will not happen. “I don't think the Bills trade was ever close to happening,” said one source involved in those talks. Steelers snd Bills briefly talked but “this is an old story. It was dead on Wednesday.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2019
Friday morning, though, Rapoport insisted the Bills' talks with the Steelers intensified late Thursday night before finally falling through.
Update from the Antonio Brown saga: The #Bills and #Steelers have been in aggressive talks about a trade and are close on compensation, sources say. It is not final. The main question is, one that has kept the trade from crossing the final hurdle, Does Antonio Brown show up?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2019
Update from the #Bills on the Antonio Brown: After intense talks that went into last night, and almost getting there on trade compensation, Buffalo says they are out. The #Steelers now must find another suitor.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2019
Got all that?
New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who would have squared off against Brown twice per season had the wideout come to Buffalo, seemed amused by the whole situation on Twitter.
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— The Gilly Lock (@BumpNrunGilm0re) March 8, 2019
Alas, it appears Brown still isn't going anywhere, as Pittsburgh seems intent on trading the All-Pro receiver but now is back to square one with free agency beginning a week from Friday.
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