Originally Posted by Asmith(DE)
But you would trade both of those players for AB in a heartbeat. You would trade every receiver the bengals had in a package, outside of AJ Green, just to get Brown. You can point to all your stats and what'not. You guy here have been doing it for years, then you wonder why your team stinks. You don't know a thing about truly good football players. You see stats and you slobber like Suggs.
Not really, no.
Pittsburgh is the same 7-6 we are, right now, and has the NFL's 21st ranked scoring defense. A big reason for that is the ineffectiveness of your WR's in the red zone. A big load of that comes down on Brown. After all, he is the highest paid WR on your team. It's not like you guys are 11-2 and have the playoffs all sewn up. You're a game over .500 and fighting for your playoff lives.
Trading all of our WR's for Brown would be laughably stupid. Sanu, Hawkins, Jones, Tate, and Whalen all make $450-500k per year. Together they have combined for 84 catches for 912 yards and 9 TD's. Brown has 51 catches for 591 yards and 2 TD's. Both Sanu and Jones are rookies and are both far ahead of where Brown was as a rookie, so I wouldn't give either of them up for Brown. Hawkins is about on par with Brown, and actually has more YAC yards on fewer catches[295 to 286], and more TD's on far fewer targets. I wouldn't trade him for Brown, right now. Player for player, I would give up Tate and/or Whalen for Brown, but the problem is, Brown isn't playing up to that $8.5 mill/year contract. Brown is a better player than Tate and Whalen, but he's not $8 million a year better. That's how teams wind up in cap trouble, by giving big contracts to mediocre players.
Everybody who's not a Steelers fanboy knows that Colbert panicked when he couldn't get Wallace locked up and threw a contract extension Brown's way. It was stupid to give a guy going into his 3rd year an extension after a year in which he was a manufactured 1,000 yard receiver[Targeted 123 times last year and catching only 69 of them]. Steeler fanboys defended the move, saying that Brown was going to take the next step, and now that Ben doesn't have the freedom to run around for 10 seconds all the time until Brown can finally shake his defender, he's regressing. This was suppossed to be the year that he proved that he was better than Wallace, and even though Wallace has been a drop machine this year, Brown can't even do that. Brown is what he is, which is an overpaid #2 on a team with a weak WR corps who would be a #3-4 on a team with a good WR corps.