Steve Wyche Predicts Antonio Brown's Next Team

A lot of teams need someone like Antonio Brown, but one team needs him the most

Zach Gelb
February 14, 2019 - 10:57 am

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With Antonio Brown requesting a trade from the Steelers, it appears his time in Pittsburgh is all but up.

NFL Network analyst Steve Wyche believes that would be best for both sides.

“They’ve got to part ways,” Wyche told Zach Gelb, who was filling in as host of Ferrall on the Bench. “This is just too ugly. Who knows if they’ll have to restructure his contract to make a trade happen. I’m sure he’d be wiling to do that right about now.”

Brown, 30, is a seven-time Pro Bowler, a four-time first-team All-Pro, and has led the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns at various points of his career.

Where should he go?

"I still just cannot get the San Francisco 49ers out of my mind,” Wyche said. “They’ve got a young quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo. They’ve got a couple running backs there with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida that they can build around. They started putting that offensive line together last year with (Mike) McGlinchey. But they don’t have anybody on the edges that scares you. And in that division – with Seattle having the corners that they have and the ability to score, the Rams with the corners they have and the ability to score – you got to have a threat.”

Tight end George Kittle caught 88 passes for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns last season. No other pass-catcher finished with even 500 yards. San Fran’s top receiver? Kendrick Bourne, who had 42 catches for 487 yards and four touchdowns.

“I think San Francisco is a team where he could fit,” Wyche said of Brown. “I think Kyle Shanahan is a coach that can handle this, can design plays for him. The guy is going to work very hard. Antonio Brown, wherever he goes, he’s going to have such a chip on his shoulder that you’re not going to see this type of behavior. Just something tells me that at least for a year, you’re going to get something special out of him. So I like the 49ers.”

Some analysts believe Arizona is also in the mix. 

“I don’t see that,” Wyche said. “You can’t put him in there with a quarterback who’s coming off a year like Josh Rosen had, a team that needs so much work, and a new coach coming from college. That’s a team I don’t see him going to.”