The Detroit Lions could be looking for more weapons for their offense, and one of the biggest on the market could be Antonio Brown. The Pittsburgh Steelers wideout may or may not be on the trading block in the weeks ahead, and interested teams could line up to see what it would take to get one of the league’s most explosive weapons in their offense. To that end, the Lions, who want more big play potential, would have to be interested in at least thinking of a deal for Brown, and the odds of it happening could be on everyone’s radar.
Recently, some new odds were revealed by MyBookie SportsBook as to where Brown will be playing come September, and while the Lions were not the leaders in the clubhouse, they were close to the top as a potential destination for Brown when all is said and done this offseason. Here’s a look at some of the leaders in the minds of bettors to land Brown this offseason.
“Antonio Brown’s team on Sept. 1, 2019: Atlanta Falcons +400, Detroit Lions +500, New York Jets +500, Oakland Raiders +600, Indianapolis Colts +600,” the site tweeted.
Recent rumors have held that the Steelers could be set to talk trade on Brown this offseason. Detroit general manager Bob Quinn has said he wants more big playmakers for the offense and Matthew Stafford, and Brown would certainly qualify. The Lions have gone big-game hunting in recent offseasons, as Quinn confirmed they were interested in trades for top tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and of course, defensively, with Khalil Mack. Brown would qualify as an impact move for the team.
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The way Brown’s contract is set up, the Steelers would have to trade him during the first week of free agency, meaning that the team’s second all-time leading receiver could be on a NFL team less than 10 weeks from now. Free agency begins March 13 at 4 p.m. The Steelers should expect to field a slew of offers if they do decide to seriously consider trading Brown, who has caught more passes for more yards and more touchdowns that any receiver in NFL history over a six-year span. This season, despite missing Pittsburgh’s season finale, Brown led the NFL with 15 touchdown receptions this season while catching 104 passes for 1,297 yards.
From Detroit’s standpoint, the Lions might find making a trade tough. They’d almost certainly have to trade high draft picks which are precious commodities, and Brown’s personality can be a difficult one to deal with, something the team may not want to throw into their locker room with Matt Patricia, who will enter his second season as head coach and is trying to build things his way and get players who buy in. If the price was right, though, it would be a move the team has to consider.
Brown is a big play waiting to happen, something the Lions’ offense didn’t have enough of in 2018. Getting him for Stafford would be a huge move, and certainly, one the Lions will have to consider if the Steelers do indeed want to talk deal this offseason. That might be the case even if the price is steep given some of the problems the Lions have had offensively.
Right now, as the offseason gets ready to get started, the Lions could be in a favorable spot to make a deal.