Steelers seeking a first-round pick for Antonio Brown

CBS Sports

With owner Art Rooney II declaring he was prepared to move disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown, the Steelers front office is beginning initial preparation into a potential blockbuster trade, sources said, one that team officials anticipate includes a first-round pick.

With the Cowboys dealing a first-round pick for Amari Cooper in-season, and with Brown's salary a bargain the final three years of his contract ($39M total in that span at a time when top receivers are pushing $18M per season), it is a very easy contract to deal and, as previously reported, the Steelers believe they can easily offset the $21M salary cap hit attached to any trade of the perennial All Pro.

While Brown is older than other options (he'll turn 31 this summer), he remains one of the NFL's true game-changers. He puts up 100 catches a season, he scored 15 touchdown this season in what was a transition year for the Steelers offense with no Le'Veon Bell, and though he is prone to personality conflicts and outlandish behavior, there is intense interest in his services in other front offices, with trade talks expected to begin at the NFL combine.

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