MMQB's Andrew Brandt on AB: 'Who Wants That In Their Locker Room?'

Former Packers VP thinks Antonio Brown will stay a Steeler

Matt Koll
February 13, 2019 - 11:17 am
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Not so fast! 

The MMQB columnist and former vice president of the Green Bay Packers Andrew Brandt joined The Fan Morning Show Wednesday and threw some ice cold water on all the Antonio Brown trade speculations. 

"Antonio Brown, to me, is not going anywhere," said Brandt. "I don't know what's going to happen, of course. But as someone who managed a salary cap and ran contracts for years with the Green Bay Packers, I can't see doing it because of the financial implications. It's not cash, it's cap." 

"To trade or cut him before June 1, and they'd have to do it before June 1 because he's owed money, is $21 million on the cap. To keep him is about $22 million on the cap. So, it's basically cap neutral and in one situation you have one of the best players in the league and in [another] situation you don't. They're not going to get equal trade value for him. They're going to diminish their team off the field by trading him because they're going to play with less than a full deck of $21 million chopped off their cap right away so they're already at a disadvantage if they trade him." 

Brandt believes Brown has not had a drastic change in behavior over the past couple years, he has always been this way and the Steelers knew who they were signing when they gave him that big contract. He doesn't think we should believe any reports of potential trades when we are still a month away from a trade even being able to be made. 

Brandt continued on why he thinks Brown will stay in Pittsburgh...

"You pick a team, 49ers, Raiders, whoever, they have to balance the talent with what they're bringing in. From a financial point of view, it's probably a good deal. They don't take on any cap money, they just take on the salary. It's the Steelers who are hurt by the trade more than anyone."

"They have to look at, 'ok $12.5 million (his annual salary) we can handle that, but can we handle the drama? And what's the value to give up?' Listen, this has been around for a while, if they had what they wanted trade-wise, it would have happened. If there was the proper trade value, I think that would be out there." 

After host Colin Dunlap said that he thinks the Steelers should trade Brown because he has reached the point of no return within the locker room, Brandt explained how that's the kind of red flag he thinks will keep him in Pittsburgh. 

"The first question you have for [Kevin] Colbert is, 'Why are you trading Antonio Brown?'  If that's the answer that they give (what Colin explained), that's a problem. I'm not giving a 1 (1st round pick). Maybe not a 2. For that? Who wants that in their locker room? I mean, who really wants that?"   

You can hear the entire interview with Andrew Brandt on The Fan Morning Show below.     

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