Antonio Brown to a division rival or the Patriots. It’s been speculated that Brown could land with the 49ers or the Cardinals. Peter King has thrown a few darts in a different direction as part of Monday’s column.How about the Carolina Panthers?“New owner David Tepper
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, a Pittsburgh guy, went to Pitt and then Carnegie Mellon, and donated $55 million to CMU, which now has a Tepper School of Business in his honor,” King writes. “He bought a 5 percent stake in the Steelers in 2009
, preceding his purchase of the Panthers last year. So he’ll know the holes in Brown’s persona, but he’ll also know the difference Brown could make in a passing game that needs a downfield threat.“Brown has averaged 114 catches and 1,524 yards a year for the past six years with the deep-armed Ben Roethlisberger, and he’ll be motivated to keep the distractions to a minimum so he can earn a new deal. Tepper is motivated to inject new life into a 24-25 team since Carolina’s Super Bowl appearance three years ago. Though G.M. Marty Hurney is a conservative type by nature, I think he could be convinced to take a shot on this get-rich-quick scheme. It’d thrill Cam Newton too.”The Tepper connection bears watching
, given that he either knows or should be in position to find out what he needs to know about Brown. And that’s the flip side to this one; if the Panthers don’t make a move for Brown, maybe other teams without that inside information should take heed of Tepper’s tepid reaction to Brown being available.King also suggests Washington, the Raiders, the Bucs, and the Jets as possible Brown destinations.The Steelers claim they want significant compensation
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, Brown claims he wants a new deal, and it will not be easy for a new team to thread the needle on this. If the Panthers don’t even try, maybe no one else should, either. BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN’s broadcast crew for the season-opening “Monday Night Football” doubleheader between Denver and Oakland will feature analysts who played for the Broncos and Raiders.The network announced Wednesday that former Denver quarterback Brian Griese and former Raiders safety Louis Riddick will serve as the analysts alongside Steve Levy for the late game on Sept. 9. Laura Rutledge will be the sideline reporter.This is Griese’s second time in the booth for a Monday night opener after having worked last year’s early game between Detroit and the Jets with play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins and Rutledge.Griese and Levy work college football games together for ESPN and have called preseason games locally for the Broncos in Denver.The early game between Houston and New Orleans will feature the main booth of Joe Tessitore
, Booger McFarland and sideline reporter Lisa Salters.