Antonio Brown trade to Bills falls through after reports of teams getting close

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 23: Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a touchdown during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 23: Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a touchdown during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

UPDATE (Friday, 7:46 a.m.): The Bills announced via Twitter that they are no longer pursuing a previously reported trade for Antonio Brown.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills are rumored to be discussing a deal that would ship disgruntled star wide receiver Antonio Brown to Western New York, but there are conflicting reports among major NFL reporters regarding the validity of those reports.

Late Thursday night, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted that the two sides were on the verge of striking a deal.

But Vic Carucci, a national NFL reporter with ties to the Buffalo area, disputed Rapoport's account in a tweet early Friday morning.

Brown's social media activity appeared noteworthy late Thursday, when he apparently called the trade "fake news" on an instagram post on the NFL's official feed.

NFL Network Tom Pelissero indicated that the two sides have been working on a trade, but concerns remain about Brown's willingness to play in Buffalo.

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