Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said interest around the NFL in trading for disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown has increased this week. Are the Jets among the teams interested?
“You know my policy is I pretty much call everybody at some point in time about every name that flies out there just to see,” Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said. “But I would say simply this: You know, that’s something I — you know, again we haven’t really ventured that far into yet — so, simply put, it’s like at this point in time we’re sort of evaluating the free-agency market, not the trade market, and we’ll see how that one unfolds. “
The Jets have done some research on Brown, but they have not called the Steelers about him … yet. It is possible the Jets will have conversations with the Steelers this week at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Still, a trade for Brown seems unlikely for the Jets because they don’t have the draft capital to pull it off. They would not trade the No. 3-overall pick for Brown and they have no second-round pick. Unless the Steelers are willing to take two third-round picks or start looking at 2020 picks, the Jets probably can’t put together a strong enough package even if they were interested.