Antonio Brown Requests Trade, Says Goodbye to Steelers
Antonio Brown took to Twitter to say goodbye to his fans, teammates, and home for nine years with with a video tweet thanking Steelers nation for nine years before announcing “it’s time to move forward. #NewDemands” Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown has requested a trade, though the Steelers front office hasn’t given any indication on what they will do with Brown.
Theories started circulating about Brown after he didn’t show up for a Saturday walk-through during week 17. Pittsburgh held Brown out of that game and according to Steelers brass have not been in touch with Brown since the end of the season. At the start of the new year, Steelers president, Art Rooney II, said the Steelers would be open to trading Brown.
Now that Brown has requested a trade the Steelers hold the keys to his future in their hands, as it seems reconciliation of the two parties is not on the table. It would not be a cheap move to trade Brown, but after the drama in Pittsburgh last year, it might be a move they are willing to make.
Antonio Brown trade reminders:
* He's due a $2.5M roster bonus on March 17th
* If traded before 3/17, the Steelers would absorb a dead cap hit of $21.12M, $23.62M if after 3/17
* Brown is due $12.625M in 2019, $11.3M in 2020, $12.5M in 2021
* Brown turns 31 on July 10
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 12, 2019
Coincidentally, just moments before the wide receiver tweeted his video, he failed to show up for a court proceeding and was found guilty of reckless driving. Brown was cited Nov. 8 for allegedly driving a black Porsche more than 100 miles per hour through Ross Township, Pennsylvania. He has paid $426.77 in fines and has 30 days to appeal the guilty verdict, according to the magistrate.