Redskins in the hunt for Antonio Brown? Not likely

Ben Krimmel
March 02, 2019 - 10:40 am

Antonio Brown is an electric player. He's incredibly productive, averaging over 1500 yards and 11 touchdowns a season in each of the last six years.

He would improve any team greatly just by walking onto the field and lining up out wide to the offense's left or right. He would take pressure off any quarterback, either young or old. 

But the Washington Redskins are unlikely to acquire the wantaway wide receiver, despite reports putting them among the most active of inquiring teams.

Late Friday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter indicated the Redskins are among the three teams most interested in making a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers for Brown. Schefter tweeted Washington, Oakland, and Tennessee had showed the most interest and a battle for the All-Pro wide receiver could come down to a duel between two brothers: Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.

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But Saturday morning, 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman poured cold water on that idea.

Reporting from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Hoffman said when he asked about the Skins' interest in Brown the response was laughter. As if to say, "We wish, but it's not gonna happen."

Why? Well, the Redskins are in a cap crunch, with just under $16 million available for the 2019 season, per Spotrac. That puts the Redskins among the bottom twelve teams in terms of cap space. 

With many holes that need filling (including at starting quarterback), veterans still left to be re-signed, and Brown asking for a new deal and more guaranteed money, "They can't afford to pay him what he wants," Hoffman wrote.

While it is academic when it comes to the Redskins, the Steelers asking price of a first-round pick and other compensation has gone down to just a first-round pick for the talented soon-to-be 31-year-old, according to Schefter.

There's no guarantee somebody will meet Pittsburgh's asking price, but, for Washington's sake, for Redskins' fans sake, don't let it be another team from the NFC East.

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