National Football League fans who went to sleep early Thursday night were probably surprised Friday morning to see all the chatter about receiver Antonio Brown almost being traded to the Bills.
And so ends an odd saga between one of the game's best receivers and the Steelers, which coincidentally happened to involve the Bengals.
But in an interesting twist, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal spoke about the situation and reported the Raiders "balked" at a new contract and opted to hold off on a trade.
Rapoport then tweeted that the deal isn't official, but doubled-down that it's on it's way to happening.
Tom Pelissero, also of NFL Network, added Thursday night that if Brown wanted to blow up the trade to Buffalo, he could say he'll retire rather than play for the Bills.
It fills a enormous need for Buffalo by going out and getting perhaps the best player in the league at that position. "The Steelers now must find another suitor".
Brown reportedly made his first trade request in January, right after the Steelers' season ended.
However, if the Bills did land Brown, he would provide an immediate boost to the NFL's second-worst passing attack last season.
It remains possible that some team will gravitate too close to Brown's still-elite talent to resist him.
Previous year with Pittsburgh, Brown caught 104 passes and added 15 touchdowns for 1,297 yards. What's going great for him?
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