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Two teams drop out, Steelers near deal

Antonio Brown may have taken his last shot at the Steelers — at least as a member of the organization.

NFL.com is reporting Pittsburgh has alerted interested trade suitors that “this is moving quickly and to give their best offers ASAP.” The report states that three new teams have recently entered the fray and that the Jets and Cardinals are out of of the running. Jets GM Mike Maccagnan had downplayed the Jets’ interest in acquiring players via a trade last week at the NFL scouting combine.

ESPN.com added that the Steelers expect a deal to be done by Friday. The Redskins, Raiders and Titans are the other known interested teams.

When a deal is done, it will be the end of an ugly divorce between the star receiver and the franchise, which had been brewing for some time then exploded after a Week 17 practice feud with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Brown has been taking shots at the franchise on social media and most recently in an interview with ESPN, in which he takes “no blame” for the situation.

Brown is scheduled to have a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17, so the Steelers are motivated to make a deal soon. The trade will already cost the team $21.1 million in dead cap space.




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