The Pittsburgh Steelers received news earlier this week that wide receiver Antonio Brown officially requested a trade from the team. Over the course of the NFL offseason, Brown and the Steelers have made headlines for all of the wrong reasons. Due to the turmoil created during the season, the relationship between the player and front office seems to have been damaged beyond recovery. Brown recently tweeted his goodbye to “SteelerNation” and plans to move on this off-season.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019
With Brown requesting a trade, the biggest question seems to be, “Where will he play next?”. Here are 3 potential landing spots for Antonio Brown.
3. Arizona Cardinals
With a new head coach, a second-year quarterback and the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, the Cardinals are a top candidate to land Antonio Brown.
Larry Fitzgerald announced that he would be returning for the 2019 season, but only after considering retirement. With what might be the final year of Fitzgerald’s career, the Cardinals are going to be in need of a new number one at the receiver position.
Pairing Antonio Brown with 2018 second round draft pick Christian Kirk may be the answer to this dilemma. In addition, surrounding Josh Rosen with some veteran experience may help in the development of the young quarterback.
2. Oakland Raiders
Rumors have recently erupted that the Oakland Raiders will be pursuing a trade for Antonio Brown.
After trading Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2019 first round draft pick, the Raiders are in need of a player on the perimeter.
The Raiders also have a first-round draft pick from the Khalil Mack trade that took place just weeks before the 2018 season. Now with three first-round draft picks in 2019 and nearly $70 million in cap space, the Raiders certainly have the ammunition to land Antonio Brown.
Jon Gruden’s reunion season with the Raiders did not go as expected. After going 4-12 in 2018, the team has a lot of work to do to get back on track. With as many needs as the team has, pursuing Antonio Brown would be an excellent start to rebuilding.
1. San Francisco 49ers
Both the San Francisco 49ers and Antonio Brown have expressed mutual interest in each other in the past. With Brown officially requesting a trade from the Steelers organization, the pairing may become a reality. In need of a wide receiver, the 49ers are expected to make a push for the All-Pro wideout.
Even 49ers tight end George Kittle is open to recruiting Brown, as he tweeted back in December.
— George Kittle (@gkittle46) January 1, 2019
After starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in week 3 of the 2018 season, the 49ers finished with a record of 4-12. Antonio Brown may be the piece that sets the team back up for success. By adding a new wide receiver to the offense and Garoppolo returning from injury, the 49ers could be a dangerous force in the NFL.
Featured Imaged Credit: Sporting News/Getty Images