Will Antonio Brown Be A San Francisco 49'er In 2019? 'No'

One 49er Beat Writer Isn't So Sure AB Will End Up In San Fran

Kraig Riley
January 17, 2019 - 3:08 pm
Steelers WR Antonio Brown

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The FAN) - Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area has covered the San Francisco 49er's for the past 23 seasons and joined The PM Team with Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller to talk about the 49er's interest in trading for Antonio Brown.

Asked directly if he had to make a prediction right now that Antonio Brown would be a 49er in 2019, Matt answered simply saying "No."

Asked to elaborate on why he doesn't think the team most rumored to trade for AB would be interested, Maiocco told us "I wouldn't be shocked if it happened, but I'd safe the safe bet is to say no.  Where he ends up, who knows?  I just think the price is too high for a player with that many questions and at this advanced stage in his career."

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If a trade were to be made though, Matt answered our questions about the 49er's first round pick, the second overall pick in the draft, and if it would be off the table in a potential deal for AB.

"I would think so.  Do the 49er's have a need at wide receiver?  Absolutely.  Would they take a wide receiver with the number two pick in the draft when probably their bigger issues are on the defensive side?  It's proven teams can win without a number one dominant type of wide receiver, but teams have a very difficult time winning without a pass rush and right now, the 49er's have one guy who is even a moderate threat...and when you look at why the 49er's were 4-12 this last season, I wouldn't say it's because they didn't have a wide receiver or threats in the passing game.  The reason is because that defense generated 7 turnovers, the worst in NFL history."

Click the audio below to hear more from Maiocco on the 49er's interest in AB, the comparisons that could be made between him and another controversial 49er receiver in Terrell Owens and if the other Bay Area team, the Oakland Raiders, are interested in trading for AB.