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Should the Eagles trade for Antonio Brown?

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 12, 2019 - 12:53 pm

The strained relationship between the Pittsburgh Steelers and receiver Antonio Brown took another step towards seperation on Tuesday when Brown sent out a tweet saying goodbye to "SteelerNation"

Whether Brown knows he is being traded, or whether he is simply trying to push the Steelers towards moving him, remains to be seen. The Steelers could decide they aren't going to move him. 

If Brown does hit the trade market, it will be interesting to see what kind of interest there is. Brown is without question one of the best receivers in the NFL -- maybe the best receiver, and definitely a receiver that would make a huge impact on the Eagles. 

Getting him from the Steelers, however, could be difficult for top personnel executive Howie Roseman. 

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Brown has three years remaining on his current deal, with base salaries of $12.6 million, $11.3 million and $12.5 million remaining. The Steelers would have to eat $21 million in dead money to trade Brown, but if they are open to it, that dead money won't impact his new team. That means the Eagles, or any team that makes a move for Brown, would be landing him for a very reasonable $12.6 million next season with zero guaranteed for the rest of the deal. 

Fitting Brown under the salary cap, if he were to stay on his current deal, would be possible for the Eagles. Although they are currently $11 million under the salary cap after quarterback Nick Foles bought his way back into free agency last week and is no longer under contract. Assuming they don't bring Foles back, and they move on from other players like offensive tackle Jason Peters, the Eagles will likely end up with somewhere around $20-25 million in salary cap space. 

Committing $12.6 million of that to Brown, however, seems unlikely. 

As good as Brown is, the Eagles have to work on finding a new left tackle, two new defensive ends, a down-the-field threat at receiver and a number of other holes on the roster. In addition, there is a still a possibility that the Eagles could extend quarterback Carson Wentz this offseason, which would have a major impact on the salary cap in 2019. Brown would help the offense, but unless he is willing to sign a new contract with a lower cap hit, his play alone won't make up for all the holes the team won't be able to fill if they commit so much money to the receiver. 

Still, Roseman is one of the most creative general managers in the NFL and has three picks in the first two rounds -- meaning the idea of bringing in Brown will without question cross his mind. 

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