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NFC South Odds of Landing Antonio Brown

Spoiler: The Odds aren’t great

It’s become clear that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown isn’t happy, and will likely be traded this offseason. Brown recently had a lot to say on social media, as outlined here in The Ringer.

So, it begs the question, will Antonio Brown land in the NFC South? Betting odds are out there, so via BetDSI, let’s review the odds of Brown landing on the Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers or Saints.

Atlanta Falcons -- +10000

The odds of the Atlanta Falcons trading for Antonio Brown aren’t good, and they don’t need to be. The team selected WR Calvin Ridley with the 26th overall pick last offseason, and he produced right away with 64 catches, 821 yards and 10 touchdowns. Opposite Ridley is the best wide receiver in the NFL, Julio Jones. Aside from having 1,677 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns in 2018, Julio didn’t seem too keen on bringing in Brown. When asked by TMZ Sports if if he would be interested in having Brown as his teammate in Atlanta, Julio stated “We tight over here. We good over here.” When you combine all that with wide receiver Mohamed Sanu having a career-high 838 receiving yards in 2018, it’s safe to say “we good over here.”

Carolina Panthers -- +20000

With Antonio Brown hitting the trade block, many Carolina Panthers fans would love to see quarterback Cam Newton have a weapon such as Brown. Unfortunately for them, according to Spotrac, the Panthers are currently projected to have $15 million in cap space for 2019. Seeing that Brown signed a $68 million contract extension with Pittsburgh in 2017, and wants to get a large amount of guaranteed money, consider the Panthers out on this one. Not to mention, they already have young wide receivers in Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore for Cam to inaccurately throw to.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- +10000

With wide receiver DeSean Jackson likely playing elsewhere in 2019, many view the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a potential landing spot for Antonio Brown. If they seriously consider making a move, it’ll come down to money and what they’re willing to give up. The team already has one of the best wide receivers in the league, Mike Evans, who is expected to make more than $20 million in 2019. The Buccaneers have many holes to fill, and trading for an expensive “diva” wide receiver in his 30’s won’t help any.

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New Orleans Saints -- +2500

Fresh off blowing a 13-0 lead at home in the NFC Championship, the New Orleans Saints have the best odds of landing Antonio Brown. I’ll happily tell you why they won’t. First off, they don’t have a first, third or fourth round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert has made it clear that the team isn’t going to give Brown away, unless they get a sensible offer. Secondly, what would they pay him with, gumbo? According to Spotrac, the Saints current cap space is listed at just $6,598,653. With Drew Brees’ current cap hit of $33,500,000, there’s no way they could sign Brown to the contract he desires, though the Saints always find a way to get creative.