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Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey believes the team will work things out with Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown, Steelers, Maurkice Pouncey

It currently seems like there is no hope for reconciliation between wide receiver Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey is a believer:

“The simple fact it’s two Hall of Fame players, there’s a reason it’s being brought up so much,” Pouncey said in reference to the beef between Brown and Ben Roethlisberger, via ESPN.com. “Rightfully so. I agree everyone has opinions and everybody can talk about things. But I honestly think, and I’ve been playing football a long time, things will get worked out. They are the best duo in Steeler history. If you don’t want to talk to two Hall of Famers who have played with each other and did so much together, I just don’t understand what team is anymore.”

In the week leading up to Pittsburgh’s season finale, Brown got into a heated dispute with Roethlisberger that apparently ended with Brown throwing a football at the quarterback. Brown then refused to practice, complained of knee pain but refused to go for an MRI and went AWOL on the team before being consequently benched for the Steelers’ Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

As a result, rumors are swirling that Pittsburgh will try to trade Brown this offseason and that the team is asking for a first-round pick in exchange for the star wideout.

On the year, Brown hauled in 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a league-leading 15 touchdowns en route to his sixth straight Pro Bowl selection.

The 31-year-old has been named to seven Pro Bowls overall and has earned First-Team All-Pro honors four times.