Chris Nalls / March 8, 2019
Wide receiver Antonio Brown is on the verge of playing for a new team in 2019. The 30-year-old seven-time pro bowler has persuaded the Pittsburgh Steelers to trade him and it appears this will happen in the next 24 hours.
With Brown’s cap number of $22,165,000 million for the 2019 season, there are only a couple of teams that can take that kind of contract on. Let’s take a look at three possible destinations for the former sixth-round pick.
Raiders-Cap Space $64,360,680
The Oakland Raiders have been the rumored destination now for about a day or two. With Derek Carr at the quarterback position and coach Jon Gruden now making decisions, the Raiders could be looking to fill the void after trading away Amari Cooper for a 1st round pick to the Dallas Cowboys in 2018. Copper played extremely well with the Cowboys. Now in 2019, Jordy Nelson is the only relevant wideout left on the Raiders. Trading for Brown makes sense and based off of Grudens moves last offseason and not being afraid off adding players well into their 30’s. This move could very well happen.
49ers- Cap Space $66,690,872
With a young gunslinger in Jimmy Garoppolo, the San Francisco 49ers need a wideout for Jimmy G. Releasing Pierre Garçon early this offseason, Brown would be a great fit in the Bay Area with coach Mike Shanahan. The offensive guru in Shanahan paired with Brown and Jimmy G would make a nice quarterback and wide receiver combo. Now is the time to go big for the 9ers and there’s no other way to make a big splash then landing Brown this offseason
Jaguars– Cap Space $30,639,572
This is a dark horse team for me personally. The Jags created a lot of cap space today be releasing multiple players. Jaguars cap space now sits at $30,639,572 after making those moves on Friday. Now yes they need a quarterback and yes that’s most likely why they released those players and signing free agent quarterback Nick Foles has been the rumor for a while now, but what if they made a trade for Brown and signed Teddy Bridgewater to a friendly one year or two year prove it deal instead? Bridgewater, Brown, & Leonard Fournette all of a sudden makes the Jags an intriguing offense in 2019. Only a year removed for the playoffs, making a deal for Brown and signing a quarterback like Bridgewater could potentially put the Jags back on top of the AFC South in 2019.
Only time will tell where Brown will end up but it looks more likely than ever he will be playing with a new team in 2019.
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