Raiders and 49ers fans who’ve spent the offseason pining for Antonio Brown had to be disappointed by a Thursday night report that the wide receiver appeared Buffalo-bound.
That was news to Brown and to Buffalo, though.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane explained Friday morning in a team-issued statement that a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers ultimately couldn’t be worked out.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, who initially reported the Bills were “closing in” on a deal for Brown, explained what happened, and it’s simple. Brown made it clear he wasn’t coming to Buffalo.
It was quite a whirlwind for Bills fans after that initial report. First, Brown himself called it “fake news” on Instagram.
Then Vic Carucci, longtime NFL journalist and Buffalo News reporter, swooped in with these details.
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Veteran reporters noted ESPN newshound Adam Schefter’s silence on the matter as reason to doubt the trade was happening. He had answers a few hours later, and his report echoed Carucci’s.
The Associated Press and Pro Football Talk piled on, for good measure.
So, Brown remains on the trade market. Are John Lynch and Jon Gruden calling?