Why Antonio Brown is still member of Steelers and what's his trade value now?


The Antonio Brown saga continues.

For weeks it's seemed like Brown would be traded by the Steelers, and it looked like it had happened late Thursday night when NFL Media's Ian Rapoport tweeted a deal was in place for him to be dealt to the Bills.

But, in the middle of the night that report was disputed by ESPN's Adam Schefter and confirmed Friday morning by the Bills themselves via a statement.

“We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers," GM Brandon Beane said. "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.”

Brown reportedly told the Steelers he would not report to Buffalo, and that was why the trade didn't actually happen.

The Steelers reportedly told teams they planned on trading him by Friday and to submit final offers, but right now it's unclear where things are headed. 

If one thing is clear, Brown's value has dropped significantly in recent weeks, and it's worth wondering what kind of deal the Steelers will actually get. It does not appear it will be a first-rounder like many thought.

Relating to the Patriots, they haven't been mentioned at all to this point, but they likely are watching to see if the price becomes right. If it does, they could swoop in at the last minute. After all, they certainly are in the market for a wide out.