Antonio Brown will most likely be traded this offseason, even if that means the Steelers have to wait longer than they'd ideally like to if that means finding the right deal in exchange for the decade's most productive receiver. On Friday, Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert told NFL Network that the Steelers will not make March 17 — the date Brown would be owed a $2.5 million roster bonus — the deadline to trade Brown. While the team wants to trade Brown before that date, the Steelers are committed to receiving what they consider equal assets in exchange for Brown, who led the NFL with 15 touchdown receptions last season.
A few other things to take from Colbert's two meetings with the media this week
— Brown and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, cannot speak with other teams with regard to trying to negotiate a trade. The Steelers are "running the show" in terms of orchestrating this trade.
— Brown cannot veto a trade. While the Steelers won't intently send Brown to a non-desirable location, they will solely look to trade him to the team that gives them the best assets without giving him to a team they consider could impact their Super Bowl odds (i.e. the Patriots, the other three AFC North teams).
— The Steelers want one or multiple "significant picks or players" in exchange for Brown, the NFL's leading receiver since the start of the 2011 season. In contract to multiple reports, Pittsburgh will not trade Brown for a late round pick.
— Pittsburgh will not trade Brown if they don't find the right trade. Colbert said that this was relayed to Brown with the two sides met in Florida earlier this week.
— Three NFL teams have already reached out to Colbert and the Steelers with regard to Brown since Colbert officially announced on Wednesday that the Steelers are looking to trade Brown, who requested a trade earlier this offseason.