Antonio Brown interest has grown - Steelers GM Colbert

Antonio Brown has been the subject of increased interest from teams eyeing a trade, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has revealed.

During his media conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Colbert addressed the ongoing rumours involving the disgruntled All-Pro wide receiver, who recently requested a trade from the team that drafted him in 2010.

The GM had said last week that three teams reached out regarding a possible trade for Brown, though more have emerged since then.

"Interest has grown," he said on Wednesday.

Colbert confirmed the Steelers "haven't eliminated anybody" as a possible trade partner, adding that the team would require premium compensation to trade him within the AFC North.

"Ideally you want to trade him to somebody you'll never play but you can't do that, because if you're good enough to get to the Super Bowl, you have to play him any way," Colbert said.

"The less you would play him, the better, but if a team comes through with the best compensation, we have to balance that out.

"Okay, we're going to play him, twice a year, but we're going to get the best compensation, so it's our job to do the better job with the compensation and you have to weigh that all into the discussion."

It had been reported that the Steelers preferred to send Brown to an NFC team for competitive reasons and that "the Patriots and AFC North rivals are considered no-trade zones".

Colbert also reiterated that Pittsburgh will not make moves that ultimately do not benefit the franchise.

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