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First call: Antonio Brown’s odd goodbye; Patrick Peterson trade talk returns

Tim Benz
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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown smiles during the team’s news conference Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Alameda, Calif.

Today’s “First Call” features Antonio Brown’s odd goodbye to his home in Western Pennsylvania, Patrick Peterson trade talk returning and the idea of an NFL draft lottery. 


Kimbo comes with the house?

Since we are talking about Antonio Brown, this shouldn’t surprise us.

The former Steelers receiver was back in Pittsburgh to settle his McKnight Road speeding case.

And Brown filmed himself saying goodbye to the murals on his walls.

Now, are those Fathead stickers? Are they painted on the walls? Do those come with the house, or do you have to pay extra?

This could be quite the sticking point at the negotiating table for a potential buyer.

And, of course, as I’m watching this, I’m wondering how many times A.B. spoke to the murals with no cameras rolling and honestly expected an answer.

Weird. I don’t see an Emmanuel Sanders portrait. Odd, huh?


NFL draft lottery?

With all the drama surrounding the televised reveal of the NBA draft lottery Tuesday, many are left wondering whether the NFL would consider employing a draft lottery.

To an extent, it makes a lot of sense. A lottery would discourage tanking, and it makes for wonderful television.

I just wonder where the line would be drawn. I can’t see the NFL saying a 9-7 non-playoff team should have a chance — however slight — at the No. 1 overall pick.

Meanwhile, a 1-15 club could slip at least two slots.

Of course, the possibility exists that they could draw an arbitrary line somewhere. Say, the bottom 10 teams. Or any club with five wins or less.

On one hand, the NFL draft sells itself already and doesn’t need the boost. On the other, when has the NFL ever said “no” to being in the spotlight an extra night?

Tanking appears to be much less of a concern in the NFL, so a lottery is not as necessary as a deterrent. However, Zion Williamson has never tried to play quarterback either.

If he did, teams may consider it.


Down to four

Cross another name off the list of candidates for HBO’s “Hard Knocks” show.

NBC Sports Bay Area reports the San Francisco 49ers aren’t being considered.

No specific reason is given, aside from the theory that the tradeoff is that the Niners will potentially give up a home game to go to China in 2020.

The odds-on choice to be the subject of the “behind the scenes” training camp show are the Raiders. The potential for drama there is unending. Jon Gruden is a made-for-TV coach. With Brown and Vontaze Burfict on the roster already, the never-ending Martavis Bryant reinstatement story hanging out there and the potential of signing Richie Incognito, HBO would do backflips to get the Silver and Black.

And if there wasn’t enough, RaidersWire.com is wondering if the team should consider signing notorious hot head Ndamukong Suh.

Please let that happen. Please. I may pay more attention to Raiders camp than the Steelers. It’ll be far more entertaining.

The Giants, Lions and Redskins also are candidates.


Sounds familiar

Patrick Peterson trade talk is back.

The Arizona cornerback wanted out last year, then recanted. This offseason, his frustrations seemed to bubble up again.

The Steelers were named as a potential target a year ago. Signing Steven Nelson and drafting Justin Layne have largely silenced the discussion this year.

Former Pitt receiver Antonio Bryant is helping to fuel the fire. He tweeted about a rumor he heard that Peterson would go to the Chiefs.


That’s what it looks like

Rookie phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first home run for the Blue Jays against the Giants in the first inning of last night’s matchup in San Francisco.

Then he hit another in the sixth.

Now that the power is starting to show, look at how strangely similar his numbers are to the start of his father’s career in Montreal.

Now that’s downright creepy.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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