If it was ever uncertain, Antonio Brown made one point abundantly clear today: He wants out of Pittsburgh. Steelers president Art Rooney II said last month he wasn't sure why Brown had turned against the team. Brown will be 31-years old when the 2019 National Football League season kicks off, putting him right in Gruden's wheelhouse, but the Raiders should stay away from using such draft assets on an aging wide receiver this time around. It also featured the Lil Uzi Vert song Do What I Want.
Paired with the news of the official trade request was a tweet from the star pass-catcher to the Steelers and their fans saying it's "time to move on and forward". Pittsburgh won the game with Brown watching on the sidelines, but missed the playoffs.
A judge found Brown guilty of reckless driving at a hearing Tuesday morning. Brown has paid $426.77 in fines.
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The Steelers have another Pro Bowl receiver in JuJu Smith-Schuster, which definitely softens the blow of trading an elite player like Brown. Any team making a trade for him has to be ready to embrace the latter part of the equation, even with an incredibly palatable contract over the next three seasons relative to Brown's 100-catch and 1,200-yard floor over the last six seasons.
ESPN later reported Brown officially asked to be dealt. Brown would help the offense, but unless he is willing to sign a new contract with a lower cap hit, his play alone won't make up for all the holes the team won't be able to fill if they commit so much money to the receiver.