Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham generate buzz at Combine

Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham generate buzz at Combine

The trade market for Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has grown, general manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday, as the team continued to publicly shop its star playmaker at the National Football League scouting combine.

The Steelers are probably counting on Brown coming in and playing hard if he isn't traded. "What I would say is that interest has grown. OK, we're going to play him, twice a year, but we're going to get the best compensation, so it's our job to do the better job with the compensation and you have to weigh that all into the discussion".

Colbert also revealed interest in Brown has increased since he last addressed the talented wide receiver.

What Colbert has ruled out is giving away one of the league's top playmakers at a bargain price - even as some believe Brown's price has continued to drop as he lobbies for a trade.

"Ideally, you want to trade him to somebody you'll never play which you can't do that because if you're good enough to get to a Super Bowl, you'll have to play him anyway", Colbert said.

"Antonio asked us if he could post a picture with Mr. Rooney and share his feelings about that", Colbert said.

That's a big deal because it's $2.5 million the Steelers would lose against the salary cap if he gets traded after being paid the bonus. All the other stuff ... he's a great player, he's a huge contributor to us, and he will be if he continues with us or wherever he goes.

"We will only make a trade if it benefits the Pittsburgh Steelers", Colbert said Wednesday during an appearance at the NFL Combine.

If the Pittsburgh Steelers have made one thing clear over the past few weeks, it's that they're definitely open to trading Antonio Brown. That's been clearly explained, and we're willing to take a look. Last week Colbert said that three teams had inquired about acquiring the star wide receiver.

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