Art Rooney II claims there’s been no trade talks involving Steelers WR Antonio Brown just yet
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has flooded social media with speculative comments and has been subjected to trade rumors for numerous weeks now. Brown’s fans, teammates, and peers are left scratching their heads over the situation. Steelers owner Art Rooney II has reportedly reached out to Brown via phone call, but has not heard back from his former All-Pro receiver.
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— No trade discussions yet for Antonio Brown and while he's keeping doors open, as far as his returning to Steelers there's "not that many signs out there that that's going to happen"
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) January 16, 2019
Rooney has stated it seems as though Brown will more than likely not be with the Steelers next season, but nothing is certain yet regarding Brown’s future. Brown has been the Steelers most prized piece in recent years and continues to prove why he often ranks at the top of many receiving stats each season.
Although nobody really can determine exactly what is going on with Brown and the Steelers right now, it’s worth noting that the conflicts may be stemming back to earlier in the season. There were some speculations that Brown was displeased with his lack of involvement at times. Fellow teammate and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was often the more targeted receiver and led the team in receptions and receiving yards this season. Brown shattered every other receivers touchdown total with 15 touchdown grabs in 2018.
The Steelers often bounce back in the face of adversity, but 2018 was particularly rough. With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger only getting older, it is obviously frustrating to see the team experiencing apparent conflicts. This was the first season since 2013 in which the Steelers missed the playoffs, and if tensions don’t clear, it could be tough sledding for the talented team going forward.