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Antonio Brown adds fuel to fire, posts photo of Jerry Rice on Instagram


© Charles LeClaire | 2018 Dec 30


It sure seems like Antonio Brown is trying to rile people up.

The All-Pro wide receiver added fuel to the rumors that he wants to be traded to the 49ers on Wednesday morning, when he posted a picture of Jerry Rice, and a goat, to his Instagram story.

Some context: Brown reportedly requested a trade earlier this week after he sat out of the Steelers season finale, following a dispute with Ben Rothlisberger. 49ers tight end George Kittle was quick to reach out to Brown, tweeting “Sup?” at the seven-time Pro Bowler. Brown responded with a starry eyed emoji. Both Richard Sherman and Jimmy Garoppolo seemed to support Kittle’s recruiting effort.

On Wednesday Brown followed the 49ers on Instagram before posting the picture of Rice.

Though Brown, 30, wants out, it may take a lot for the Steelers to deal the wideout who finished with 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns during the 2018 season. Brown’s current deal with the Steelers runs through 2021, with an average annual salary of $17 million.

The 49ers have been in the market for a true No. 1 wide receiver since John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan took over. The combination of Brown and Kittle would rival the Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce for the most potent WR/TE combination in the NFL. Kittle’s 1,377 receiving yards in 2018 were the most gained in a single-season by a TE in NFL history.

On Wednesday Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin denied the reports that Brown has formally requested a trade.

 

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