Antonio Brown took to Twitter to bid farewell to Pittsburgh saying:
“Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years…time to move on and forward,” Brown said, adding the deuces emoji and #NewDemands.
Now that message could have been taken one of two ways—either that he and the Steelers had reached an agreement in principle to trade Brown to a new team, or that he simply has decided to take matters into his own hands.
It turned out to be the second as later in the day it was reported by sources that that Brown had previously has requested a trade, and that Brown he still wants one.
More than a month ago, owner Art Rooney II made it clear that a trade is possible, if not likely. Since then, the Steelers have yet to get a trade offer that would prompt them to reach a tentative agreement that would be finalized on the first day of the league year in March.
But who would want him? Granted he still an amazing talent. No question. But he's not the player he was two years ago. Certainly he's torched all his bridges in "The City of Bridges"...so he could be the same to another team. He’s 31 years old, which mean he's on the downside of his career. He’s been a distraction to the Steelers, not just this year, but for the past 4 years! He could be suspended for allegedly pushing the mother of his child. He got arrested for going 100 mph on McKnight Rd, proving his knucklehead status. Plus, who is going to be willing to pick up his $16 million+ price tag?