The Arizona Cardinals are interested in adding a superstar playmaker to a depleted receiving core.
With the recent comments that Larry Fitzgerald made about Antonio Brown, specifically disagreeing him for the way he has gone about his trade requestion, saying at the MIT Sloan Sports Conference, via ESPN;
"I love AB. Mr. Big Chest is a good friend of mine, but I don’t think he’s going about it the right way, personally, — To be able to play with an all-time quarterback like he’s able to play with, I don’t think he understands how good he has it. It can get tough out there."
The likelihood for an Antonio Brown trade to the Arizona Cardinals looked slim, but, that’s not quite the case, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. As Rapoport said on his Twitter;
The Cardinals are in need of a receiver as Larry Fitzgerald looks to be winding his career down soon, and sophomore Christian Kirk looks like one of the only viable building blocks of the receiving core.
The Steelers have previously asked for a first-round pick for Brown, who is considered to be at the top of his position. But, with recent developments including some comments bashing the Steelers franchise and players, his trade value seems to have gone down.
While the Arizona Cardinals will not trade the first overall pick for Brown, they have some enticing trade options including the first pick in the second and third rounds.
However, is Antonio Brown worth the risk of potentially tainting a locker room? Considering that he is one of the best receivers to ever step onto a football field, the risk might be worth pursuing for the Cardinals — a team seeking playmakers on offense for new head coach Kliff Kingsbury to utilize.
March 17th is the likely deadline for an Antonio Brown trade, as the Steelers will likely try to avoid his $2.5M bonus that is due that day.