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Bills fire back as Antonio Brown saga takes latest ugly turn

09 March 2019

Antonio Brown, as of Friday morning, is not a member of the Buffalo Bills.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday night the two sides were closing a deal, but said Friday it collapsed because Brown would not commit to showing up in Buffalo.

Rapoport then tweeted that the deal isn't official, but doubled-down that it's on it's way to happening.

Now, a maddening twist.

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

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The Bills, with $76 million in salary-cap space and a glaring need for offensive play-makers, had not previously been reported among the teams vying for Brown. The Bills' Brandon Beane said that the team's attention had turned to free agency, and apparently that was that.

It should only get harder for the Steelers to find a taker for Brown now that the All-Pro receiver has flexed his muscles. It does not appear it will be a first-rounder like many thought.

A joke here & there I've grown accustomed to, but they made it out like Buffalo & Pitt are polar opposites when it comes to climate, as if it never snowed in Pittsburgh & Buffalo was Siberia.

But with the Bills looking for WR help for sophomore quarterback Josh Allen, a Brown acquisition makes sense. Stay tuned for what looks to be a stunning trade no matter what happens. He's 30 years old and has peppered his offseason with red flags about his commitment to football.

It remains possible that some team will gravitate too close to Brown's still-elite talent to resist him.

Bills fire back as Antonio Brown saga takes latest ugly turn