Looks like Antonio Brown days in Pittsburgh are all but over. Brown has officially requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Brown’s future has been the subject of speculation since before the end of the regular season.
He missed the Steelers’ final week of practice and sat out the team’s finale against the Bengals amid an alleged feud with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. His name has since swirled in trade rumors. Many around the league felt that Brown was also labeled as the scapegoat for the Steelers missing the postseason.
Antonio Brown has not been traded nor has he been released. But Brown wants a trade and he officially has requested that from the Steelers, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019
Brown’s tweet about his football future was not terribly surprising, given the reality-show-level drama that enveloped the Steelers last season. It was compounded last month when Steelers President Art Rooney II hinted at the possibility of a trade in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, saying it was “hard to envision” Brown being with the team when training camp opens. Of course, the team holds all the cards here. “There’s not much we can do right now; we have time to make a decision,” Rooney said in his first comments since Brown skipped practices and team meetings before the regular-season finale.
In nine seasons with the Steelers, Brown has 837 catches for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns. He is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first-team All-Pro.