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One possible reason for the trade/no-trade reports around Antonio Brown and the Buffalo Bills

Here’s one theory.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Ross Tucker is an NFL commentator with a popular series of podcasts and a former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman. After his journeyman career ended, he entered the media and put his Princeton degree to good use. In the wee hours of the morning, he had a good theory about why the rumors around Antonio Brown and the Buffalo Bills could have shifted instantly:

“My no inside info take on AB trade to Bills is the teams had tentatively agreed on trade compensation but it got leaked before Buffalo could talk $ with Rosenhaus who blew it up knowing AB wouldn’t want to go there,” tweeted Tucker.

That makes perfect sense. Someone inside the Pittsburgh Steelers organization was happy with the compensation and leaked the news too early. Bills reporters checking with their sources all said different versions of “nothing to report.”

It should be noted that when LeSean McCoy was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Bills he also didn’t want to come to Buffalo. After a nice contract extension, he’s been seemingly happy for the last few years.

Who knows what’s going to happen on Friday, but this is at least one possible explanation for why we are waking up to conflicting reports.