Antonio Brown, arguably the most dominant wide receiver in the NFL more than the previous decade, has stated his need to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers. ESPN reported shortly afterwards that he has officially asked the group for a trade.
On Tuesday afternoon, the 30-year-old tweeted a video containing highlights of his Steelers profession along with a message saying: “Thank you SteelerNation for a huge 9 years…time to move on and forward”. Brown is below contract for an additional 3 years and the Steelers reportedly would want at least a initial-round choose and numerous other selections for the receiver.
Brown has been with Pittsburgh his complete profession but his partnership with the group has soured more than the previous year. Steelers president Art Rooney II stated final month he wasn’t certain why Brown had turned against the group. The player’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, stated he had expressed his client’s “position” to the group but did not elaborate. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came to rely on Brown’s teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster much more for the duration of the 2018 season, and Smith-Schuster ended up creating his initial Pro Bowl.
Brown is a seven-time Pro Bowler and has been named to the NFL’s All Pro initial-group 4 instances. He was not observed as a star coming out of college and seemed virtually an following-believed when he was drafted in the sixth-round by the Steelers in the 2010 draft. Because then, he has recorded much more than 1,000 yards getting in seven of his nine seasons in the league.
He has, on the other hand, been involved in difficulties off the field not too long ago. On Tuesday, he was discovered guilty of reckless driving more than an incident from November and fined $400. Final month, two lawsuits had been filed against Brown following he allegedly threw furnishings from his 14th-floor apartment. The mother of a single of his young children also filed a police report following claiming he pushed her for the duration of a dispute more than their daughter. The lady did not press charges and police have taken no additional action.
Tuesday’s news comes at a time of upheaval for the Steelers. The team’s star operating back Le’Veon Bell sat out the season more than a contract dispute. Bell is probably to leave the Steelers this offseason.