Sean Payton Denies The Trade Rumors On Antonio Brown

Posted by | March 2, 2019 .

The New Orleans Saints would seem to be looking to add an offensive playmaker this offseason, but coach Sean Payton said Friday (March 1) the team has not yet reached out to the Pittsburgh Steelers about star wide receiver Antonio Brown.

“No, and I wouldn’t tell you if we had,” Payton said in an interview with New Orleans media members at the NFL combine. “Look, I’ve followed it a little bit like you guys have, and that’s really about it.”

Brown has requested a trade, and the Steelers have said they will look to move him this offseason. The 30-year-old receiver is a four-time All-Pro, has averaged 114 catches for 1,524 yards the past six seasons and likely would improve any team he joins immediately.

NFL Network’s Michael Silver tweeted on Friday to “keep an eye on the Saints” in regards to the pursuit of Brown, but for now, based on what Payton said, the team’s interest is unclear.

The Saints have limited assets if they were to pursue a trade as their only draft pick in the first four rounds this year is the 62nd overall pick in the second round. Brown is also due base salaries of $12.625 million in 2019, $11.3 million in 2020 and $12.5 million in 2021, which would be increasingly tough for the Saints to pay if they pursue a top-of-market deal with Michael Thomas.

Still, it’s an exciting thought to consider what Brown, Thomas, Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and others could accomplish together in the Saints offense.

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