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Report: Redskins showing big interest in trading for Steelers WR Antonio Brown

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Antonio Brown wants out of Pittsburgh, and the Steelers are listening to trade offers. It was reported earlier that there were three teams showing interest, and now Adam Schefter is reporting that the Redskins are one of those teams.

Other teams also have had conversations with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and one always could emerge. But the belief as of now is that the Raiders, Redskins and Titans are the most likely landing spots, sources said.

The Steelers’ asking price started out as a first-round pick and other compensation, but now has been reduced to a first-round pick. It doesn’t mean the Steelers will get it in return for Brown, but their goals are now more realistic.

The Redskins need to make a splash this offseason to trick the fans into caring again, and getting Antonio Brown qualifies. This is a move that makes little sense with their current hole at the starting QB position. Alex Smith will almost certainly be out the entire 2019 season or longer. Colt McCoy is the only other QB currently under contract. The Redskins are also on the hook for ~$24 million between Smith and McCoy, making it difficult to bring in a starting-quality QB.

The Redskins have a big need at WR, and Brown obviously makes them better. He will also turn 31 this year, and has a $22.1 million cap hit this year. The Redskins aren't a WR away from contending, and giving up a 1st round pick and over $20 million/year is criminally short sighted. This has Bruce Allen written all over it.