When it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ feelings towards the New England Patriots, it appears as though the hatred is still very strong.
Over the weekend, it was announced that the Steelers had shipped disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a a 3rd and 5th round selection in the upcoming draft.
Many questioned Pittsburgh’s return in this deal. Even Madden thought it was not enough for the seven-time Pro Bowler. Well, as it turns out, there was actually a better offer on the table for AB’s services. Only problem was that it came from the Patriots.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Pats had offered a second and fourth round pick for Brown, but the Steelers had no interest in shipping one of their premier players to the back-to-back-to-back AFC Champs.
If the Steelers still view themselves as Super Bowl contenders for the next couple of seasons, then you can’t argue with their logic. However, if they’re looking towards a mini rebuild, perhaps they should have swallowed their pride and just taken the better deal.
I guess we’ll know whether or not they made the right decision before long.