Report: Raiders cooling on pursuit of Steelers WR Brown

Oakland Raiders officials are not yet sold on giving up precious draft capital to acquire Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the Brown-to-Oakland trade anticipated in the coming days could be on thin ice.
Michael Gehlken reported the Raiders are looking at other avenues to address their depleted wide receiver corps. Brown is expected to fetch a high pick, perhaps a first-round selection, for Pittsburgh in a trade.
“The Raiders have discussed him at length internally and are widely referenced among his most interested suitors, but they also aren’t sprinting to the dance floor,” Gehlken wrote. “Like other teams, there is hesitancy within the organization that could lead it to prioritize other avenues when addressing the position.”
With three picks in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Raiders might be willing to part with a second-round selection, per reports.
The Cleveland Browns and New York Jets also reportedly kicked the tires on a deal for Brown.
Brown has six consecutive 100-catch seasons but fell out of favor in Pittsburgh at the end of last season. He was inactive Week 17 following reports of a walkthrough confrontation with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger denied any incident took place.
Brown told LeBron James on HBO’s “The Shop” that he felt disrespected by Roethlisberger following an interception in November against the Broncos.
“He feels like he’s the owner,” Brown said. “Bro, you threw the (expletive) to the D-lineman! What the (expletive)? I’m over here wide open! You need to give me a better ball!”
Head coach Mike Tomlin said at his season-ending press conference that the implication Brown quit on his team was not lost on him.
Brown met with team officials two weeks later and the sides agreed a trade would be the best solution for all involved. Pittsburgh is also parting with running back Le’Veon Bell, the twice-franchise-tagged former All-Pro who opted to sit out the 2018 season in a contract squabble.
–Field Level Media

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