Antonio Brown was going to have a new home in Buffalo.
The Steelers were reportedly closing in on a deal to send the productive but controversial wide receiver to the Bills, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
A seven-time Pro Bowler, Brown was reportedly drawing interest from a number teams, including the Redskins, who ostensibly took themselves out of the sweepstakes by trading for Case Keenum Thursday.
That news quickly changed as sources of ESPN's Adam Schefter said the Brown to Buffalo trade is not 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
Even AB himself denied the trade.
But the back-and-forth doesn't stop there. The trade was reportedly still a possibility as the Bills and Steelers were close on agreeing on compensation, according to sources of Rapoport.
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
And in the moments after that report, the question of whether or not Brown is being shipped up North has finally been answered by the Bills' general manager himself.
Bills’ GM Brandon Beane: “We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers. We had positive discussions, but ultimately it didn’t make sense for either side. As great a player as Antonio Brown is, we have moved on and our focus is on free agency.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2019
Antonio Brown's exit from Pittsburgh has been nothing less of dramatic, and you can expect wherever he does land won't lack some sort of excitement.
This story was updated from a previous publishing. NBC Sports Washington's Lisa Redmond contributed to this story.
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