The information of Brown’s commerce request comes proper after the Professional Bowl large receiver tweeted a farewell to the Steelers and their followers, saying it’s “time to maneuver on and ahead.”
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019
Brown, 30, has been the topic of widespread commerce hypothesis after he failed to indicate as much as work the day earlier than the season finale in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Crew president Artwork Rooney II instructed reporters final month that one thing modified with Brown the final week of the season, and he wasn’t certain why. He stated he had reached out to Brown to no avail.
Bother between the Steelers and Antonio Brown has been “brewing for years,” and a once-unthinkable break up is now doable. This is how they acquired right here.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was discovered responsible of reckless driving when he did not present up for a court docket date Tuesday.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus instructed ESPN on Jan. 25 that he had spoken to the Steelers to precise Brown’s “place” however would not disclose particulars.
A supply near Brown believes the wideout is bored with taking part in the scapegoat for the Steelers’ issues and needs to indicate he can thrive in one other offense.
Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17. If the Steelers commerce him earlier than that date, they’d take in $21.12 million in useless cash on their wage cap. That quantity would rise to $23.62 million if Brown is traded after March 17.
Brown, who turns 31 on July 10, is due salaries of $12.625 million in 2019, $11.three million in 2020 and $12.5 million in 2021.
He has no assured cash left on his contract. Buying and selling Brown after June 1 would permit the Steelers to unfold the dead-money hit over a number of years, in response to ESPN’s Dan Graziano — $9.54 million in 2019 and $14.08 million in 2020.
The Steelers have been ready for commerce eventualities and imagine they’ll get a excessive draft choose for Brown. One high-ranking AFC government believes the Steelers will ask for a first-round choose.
PlayerSeasonsAntonio Brown4Marvin Harrison4Brandon Marshall4Jerry Rice3– ESPN Stats & Info
Brown has hinted he desires the San Francisco 49ers to make that transfer. He is used social media to photoshop himself in a 49ers jersey and FaceTimed with 49ers legend Jerry Rice, who final month instructed 95.7 the Recreation that Brown “badly” desires to be in San Francisco.
A latest ESPN article highlighted Brown’s rocky relationship with the Steelers, who tolerated Brown’s antics for years. Brown was routinely late for conferences and video games and lived off campus throughout coaching camp, a number of teammates stated. However largely that wasn’t an issue as a result of Brown labored so laborious and produced on Sundays.
Then issues modified in 2018. Brown grew to become incensed on the sideline in Week 2 in opposition to Kansas Metropolis. That subsequent week, he tweeted “commerce me let’s discover out” to a former Steelers staffer who wrote that Brown ought to thank quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for his manufacturing. A supply stated Brown wasn’t proud of Roethlisberger’s public critiques of his route-running in a Week 12 loss to Denver. And the Week 17 points confused many with the crew.
From the Professional Bowl, a number of key Steelers publicly supported a Brown return. However now, the Steelers appear resigned to the destiny. Requested for a response Tuesday, one participant stated he merely did not have one anymore.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Subject Yates contributed to this report.