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Steelers WR Antonio Brown isn’t focused on a new contract after being traded

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Unlike his superstar teammate, it’s apparently not money that has contributed to the souring of Antonio Brown’s relationship with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The seven-time Pro Bowler requested a trade earlier this week following an uneven 2018 season in which he clashed with Steelers coaches and teammates yet nevertheless put up his normally prodigious numbers. Running back Le’Veon Bell also grew crossways with the team after it opted against signing him to a long-term contract before the season kicked off, leading him to sit out the entirety of 2018.

Needless to say, financial concerns are what prompted the deterioration of Bell’s marriage with the Steelers. The same can’t be said for Brown, who let it be known on Twitter Saturday that his trade request has nothing to do with the hope of a re-negotiated contract.

“Not for the money its for the love of the sport!” Brown wrote, in response to a user who submitted that he only wanted to play elsewhere so he could get a new contract. “The commitment to win relentlessly consistently passionately! Plus I made 70 million it’s public record not to be cocky just truth! Time to play for my own Team AB84 the family!”

Brown signed a five-year, $73 million contract extension with Pittsburgh in February 2017. He’ll be a free agent in 2021 unless he signs a new deal with whichever team ultimately trades for him. The 30-year-old had 104 catches, 1,297 yards, and a league-leading 15 touchdowns last season for the Steelers, who missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013 with a record of 9-6-1.