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Antonio Brown denies report that he’s being traded to Bills

© Philip G. Pavely | 2018 Nov 8

It appeared that the Antonio Brown sweepstakes, which the 49ers have been linked to for months, ended on Thursday night, when Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the Steelers are finalizing a deal to send him to the Buffalo Bills.

The Steelers have been reported to be actively shopping Brown, who has stated publicly that he wants out of Pittsburgh, so the news didn’t come as a huge surprise. What did come as a surprise, however, was Brown’s response on Instagram shortly after, where he replied to the NFL’s story with “Fake news” from his official account.

Rapoport then tweeted that the deal isn’t official, but doubled-down that it’s on it’s way to happening. Interestingly, the 49ers were not one of the teams Brown listed as primary suitors.

Longtime Bills reporter Vic Carucci reported a short time later that a deal between the Bills and Brown is not imminent.

Brown strongly hinted on multiple occasions that he wanted to join the 49ers this offseason, and also asked a number of former players including Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens about heading to the Bay Area. Based on Thursday’s report, the interest wasn’t mutual.


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