The latest report on disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown is that the Pittsburgh Steelers will trade him by Friday with six NFL teams apparently negotiating for his services.
That’s good news for Brown, who has indicated online and through disruptive behavior his desire to be traded from the Steelers, the only team he’s played for in his nine NFL seasons, but it’s bad news for the Steelers, who will be losing arguably the best wide receiver in the game today.
It also means that Friday could be the deadline for Antonio Brown-related proposition bets, or prop bets, so we thought we’d go over these top-5, as well as list the current odds and predictions.
Quick bio: who is Antonio Brown?
In a nutshell, Brown is a 30-year-old from Miami, FL who has been a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2010.
In those nine years, Brown has been to the Pro Bowl seven times, made First-team All-Pro four times and Second-team All-Pro once and led the league in receiving yards and receptions twice and in touchdowns once.
Brown has 837 career receptions, 11,207 total receiving yards, 74 receiving touchdowns, 2,932 total return yards and five return touchdowns.
Brown sounds amazing, so what’s the problem?
Brown’s a handful, and it’s become a big problem affecting team chemistry.
Brown’s egotistical antics on and off the field have become a huge distraction to the team and his animosity towards franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has become palpable.
So, during an offseason where the Steelers are set to lose their number one running back Le’Veon Bell, they also must deal with having to trade away their number one wide receiver or face another season of drama and skipped meetings.
For a more detailed description of Brown’s accolades, misdeeds and tribulations, check out one of our earlier articles on this: Where Will Antonio Brown Go If He Leaves the Steelers?
What are the top 5 Antonio Brown related prop bets?
As is true with many headline-grabbing NFL new stories, the Antonio Brown trade situation has created some action in the online gambling dens in the form of prop bets, and below we go over five of them.
What’s also interesting is how certain odds have shifted since our last article, and we go over that wherever it’s applicable.
Never gamble what you don’t have, of course, but given the recently reported Brown trade deadline of this Friday, you might want to crack open your bettin’ kitty for a few of these wagers, especially the first one.
5) Will the Antonio Brown trade be announced on the first day of the 2019 Draft?
- Yes +130
- No +150
The first day of the 2019 NFL draft is over a month away on Thursday, April 25.
Given that, as stated above, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that teams have been told that a deal for Antonio Brown is expected to be in place by Friday, this prop bet might be worth checking out.
You’d have to bet $150 to win $100, but that could be easy money if Schefter has his story straight.
4) How will Antonio Brown be traded?
Caveat: For this bet to be valid, Brown must be traded before Week 1 of the 2019 regular season.
- Draft picks only +120
- Current players only +250
- Draft picks and current players +180
Currently, Brown has three years remaining on his contract, and the base salaries that his new team would have to pick up are $12.6 million in 2019, $11.3 million in 2020 and $12.5 million in 2021.
What would they be willing to give up to add a deep threat like Brown to their roster?
Each potential team has certain trade capital, so you might want to do a little research on what the frontrunners (Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets) have to offer before you make this bet.
3) Will Antonio Brown hold out during the 2019 regular season?
Caveat: Brown must be on the Steelers roster in Week 1.
- Yes +150
- No -200
For Brown to hold out during the 2019 season, a lot would have to go seriously wrong for him.
First, whatever every one of the interested teams had offered the Steelers for Brown would have to have been so low, so unacceptable that Pittsburgh would be willing to endure another drama-filled season with Brown on their roster.
Secondly, Brown would have to be so against staying and playing in Pittsburgh that he would be willing to sit out for an entire season, which at his age (31 by then) is probably not the smartest move to make, even if he can afford to lose the $12.6 million he would make in salary.
You’d have to wager $200 just to make $100 on a ‘No’ bet here, but given all that’s happened to lead both parties to this tense situation, it sure seems like a sure bet to make.
2) Will Antonio Brown play in the AAF, AFL or XFL in 2020, 2021 or 2022?
- Yes +1500
- No -5000
In an interview with ESPN's Jeff Darlington, Brown had this to say about his relationship with the game of football:
"I don't even have to play football if I don't want. I don't even need the game. I don't need to prove nothing to anyone."
And if not playing football at all is on the table as an option for Brown, then playing in one of the emerging football leagues certainly is, too, especially given the startup budgets that these organizations are working with.
Scoring a generational player like Brown would be a feather in any startup league’s cap, but the higher level of glamour that comes with being in the NFL might be too intense for Brown to ever abandon.
1) What will Antonio Brown’s NFL team be in Week 1 of the 2019 regular season?
Here’s a list of all thirty-two NFL teams and their odds of having Antonio Brown on their 2019 roster.
Notice how ridiculous the odds start to get about halfway down the list.
- San Francisco 49ers +250
- Indianapolis Colts +300
- Buffalo Bills +400
- Arizona Cardinals +500
- Pittsburgh Steelers +500
- New York Jets +700
- Houston Texans +800
- Dallas Cowboys +1000
- Denver Broncos +1000
- Green Bay Packers +1200
- Cleveland Browns +1500
- Chicago Bears +1500
- Tennessee Titans +1500
- Oakland Raiders +2000
- Philadelphia Eagles +2000
- New Orleans Saints +2500
- Seattle Seahawks +3500
- Detroit Lions +4000
- Miami Dolphins +5000
- Cincinnati Bengals +7500
- Washington Redskins +7500
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +10000
- Jacksonville Jaguars +10000
- Atlanta Falcons +10000
- Minnesota Vikings +15000
- Baltimore Ravens +15000
- New England Patriots +20000
- Carolina Panthers +20000
- Los Angeles Chargers +20000
- Kansas City Chiefs +25000
- Los Angeles Rams +25000
- New York Giants +30000
Interesting facts about the frontrunners on the list
When we published our last article in January about the Antonio Brown situation, the odds of the top five teams were quite a bit different than they are now in March.
- The San Francisco 49ers improved their odds slightly from +285 to +250.
- The Indianapolis Colts improved their odds greatly from +1200 to +300.
- The Buffalo Bills also improved their odds tremendously, from +1200 to +400.
- The Arizona Cardinals’ odds also improved, going from +1200 to +500.
- The only team to have worse odds now are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who went from +150 in January to +500 now in March.
Remember, place your bets by Friday just in case Antonio Brown’s never-ending drama finally does come to an end.
Of course, knowing Brown and his love of catching the ball and the public’s attention and adoration, a whole new crop of interesting prop bets will most certainly pop up as soon as his new team is settled on.
And we’ll cover them when they do.