Stephen A. Smith needs to stick to basketball. Smith has been credited as proposing a deal between the Bucs and the Steelers including DeSean Jackson to Pittsburgh in exchange for Antonio Brown straight up.
Here’s why this is stupid and would never work. Antonio Brown is widely considered to be the best receiver in the NFL. DeSean Jackson is not close to that level. It is not an even trade, not by a long shot.
If anyone in Pittsburgh’s front office has been paying attention at all, Jackson’s production with Tampa during the last two years has been nothing more than putrid. Yeah, you can make the argument that it’s a system problem, that Winston and Jackson have no chemistry, haven’t been able to hook up on the long ball, since that’s what Jackson is, a deep threat. Simply put, Jackson is not a #1 receiver in this league.
Antonio Brown is going to demand a large, long-term contract with a large sum of money. The Bucs simply don’t have the cap room to be able to make it happen.
Stick to basketball Stephen A. Smith.