The Pittsburgh Steelers seem likely to at least explore the possibility of trading Antonio Brown this offseason, but there has been a lot of talk about the amount of money they would have to eat if they moved on from the star receiver. As it turns out, a lot of that talk has been exaggerated.
Earlier in the week, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell noted that the Steelers would owe around $21 million in dead cap money if they trade Brown before June 1. While that is true, Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo explained on Wednesday how it only tells half of the story.
There are plenty of reasons for the #Steelers not to trade Antonio Brown — namely, he's really, really good at football — but "cap hit" talk is misinformed. It's basically a wash for 2019 and they'd gain flexibility in 2020-21. How you replace him is the issue. pic.twitter.com/6FucNjhfgP — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 2, 2019