Antonio Brown is a football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was drafted back in 2010 by the Steelers and has been playing for them ever since. A sixth-round pick, since entering the league, no player has amassed more receptions and receiving yards than Brown.
According to recent reports, Brown is no longer interested in playing for the Steelers. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that Brown has requested a trade from the Steelers. The report further explained that Brown did not demand a trade, but told the Steelers he would prefer to be moved.
The reason why Brown has decided to take this step is partly unknown. Canfora’s report said that “Brown has issues with Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger,” and that he “feels like the coach is too aligned with the QB.” We also know that Brown was benched for missing practice and hot into an altercation with Roethlisberger last week.
However, requesting a trade doesn’t meant that one will happen. Brown is one of the best wide receivers ever and he is the best player on his team. If he leaves the team, the Steelers have no chance of getting to the Super Bowl. That means that, if they are smart enough, they won’t let Brown slip through their hands.
On the other hand, there is his contract. The Steelers restructured Brown’s deal before last season, which means that his cap has increased significantly. He cost the Steelers less than $8 million in cap terms last year. If he is moved, the Steelers could lose up to $21.2 million. The Steelers have the option of trading him after June 1st. However, by then, most teams will have filled their wide receiver holes and won’t be willing to pay as much.
With Josh Gordon leaving the league, the Patriots have been looking for a wide receiver to add to their team. Maybe they will make a good offer to the Steelers to get Brown to their team.