Buffalo Bills dodge a bullet on nixed trade for Antonio Brown

Buffalo Bills dodge a bullet on nixed trade for Antonio Brown

Buffalo Bills dodge a bullet on nixed trade for Antonio Brown

Over the last few months, Antonio Brown has been connected to a number of franchises in trade rumors, but a surprising landing spot in the Buffalo Bills reportedly won the sweepstakes on Thursday night.

Nearly immediately, Brown called "fake news" on the trade report via Instagram.

The official NFL Instagram account posted a picture of Brown, bringing word of the news reported by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Now, the Steelers find themselves searching for another trade partner.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown looks on during warm-ups before the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field.

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. Meanwhile, the Redskins were rumored to no longer be involved in trade talks for Brown as of Thursday, but Rapoport's tweet seems to contradict that.

Bills reporter Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News tweeted Thursday, per an National Football League source, that while the team had "inquired" about Brown, another source described a deal with the Steelers as "unlikely". And that means Brown's trade value just took yet another hit.

There are still some contradicting pieces of information here - Rapoport saying it was nearly done early this morning, but Schefter's source saying it was dead on Wednesday - but it does seem regardless like Antonio Brown put the kibosh on going to Buffalo. Brown's $22.165 million cap hit is now the largest for any wide receiver in the NFL. What's going great for him?

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