Report: ‘High probability’ Steelers WR Antonio Brown is traded by Pittsburgh
According to Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN, there is a “high probability” that the Pittsburgh Steelers will trade disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown by March.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 6, 2019
Mortensen explains that Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus by March 13, so it would obviously behoove the Steelers to move him before then.
That is assuming at that Brown and the Steelers don’t patch things up over the next two months, but with all of the information that has come out and with Brown’s recent antics, that is looking like more and more of an improbability with each passing day.
During the time between Weeks 16 and 17, Brown got into a heated dispute with Ben Roethlisberger than then refused to practice, apparently even throwing a football at Roethlisberger. He then went AWOL on the team, complained of knee pain but refused to get an MRI and ended up getting benched by Mike Tomlin for Pittsburgh’s season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Since then, Brown has done nothing to help his case, actually making a video with former Steelers player James Harrison (who left Pittsburgh on very bad terms last year) poking fun at Tomlin’s press conference earlier in the week.
Remember: Brown is under contract, so the Steelers technically don’t have to move him, especially considering that Pittsburgh will be hit with a cap hit of over $21 million if he is not on the roster next season, but then the Steelers also run the risk of him causing problems in the locker room.
Given Brown’s ability, there will surely be some teams willing to pay a lofty price for his services.