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Antonio Brown is Asking for a Trade? The Steelers Should Meet His Request

Now that the smoke has cleared on the disaster that was the 2018 Steelers season, there’s one opinion among the many out there that has to be thrown out there, and it’s one that is not going to sit well with a lot of Steeler Nation.

Antonio Brown has to go.

Yes, I know, he’s dynamic, he’s a playmaker, and he’s possibly the greatest wide out in the history of the franchise.

He’s also a cancer, and he nearly cost the team Sunday as they barley beat an awful Bengals team 16-13 at Heniz Field.

Could you imagine the outrage of the fans if the Steelers would have LOST to the Bengals, and then the Browns in the final seconds actually did rally to beat the Ravens?

Brown and his antics last week in throwing a football (reportedly) at QB Ben Roethlisberger, and then not showing up and skipping practices and meetings is yet another indication that he’s a selfish player, out for himself and doesn’t care about this team and its future.

This isn’t the incident with Brown, as there was the famous sideline tantrum in Baltimore, and even the issue with OC Randy Fichtner during the loss at home early in the year to the Chiefs.

While he’s not the first, nor will he be the last wide out to complain when he doesn’t get the ball at key times, what he has done is a slap in the face to a proud franchise that finds itself in the odd position of having so many issues they now are being described by many as a team in turmoil.

What happens over the next 30-90 days for this franchise is critical.

The players that showed up and worked hard everyday are watching as this all plays out, and if they continue to see that a diva wide out that was made the highest-paid receiver in February 2017 with a four-year, $68 million contract extension is allowed to get away with what he did last week, it will hurt the team from the inside out.

Brown needs to come out and apologize for what he did, make sure his relationship with Roethlisberger is tight once again, and vow never to make such a mockery of the team again by acting like a two-year old.

If I am the Steelers, I look to follow out on what Brown has asked, and see what compensation is available for him on the market.

The Steelers window is starting to close, partly due to the fact the division is getting better (well at least the Ravens and Browns are), and this team is going to lose a couple pieces on their offensive line and is getting older by the day.

Having a motivated Brown would be nice, but his antics of sharing tweets with players from opposing teams like the 49’ers George Kittle is not a sign that he wants to be here, and nor should the team put up with his garbage anymore.

Will it hurt to lose a player with the talent and track record like Brown? Yes.

Is it a necessary action in order to restore order and get this franchise back on track and back to being the proud team they should be?

It very well might be.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Mike

    January 2, 2019 at 3:31 am

    There’s the matter of a $21 million cap hit, as well.

  2. Dave B.

    January 2, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    No way in hell would I give in to this whiny crybaby’s demand . Like it or not , youre under contract for the next 2 years to play football for the Pittsburgh Steelers . You my friend have one of 2 choices . You either play for the Steelers or you dont play , AT ALL PERIOD . We own youre rights , and bottom line we’re not trading you . No way , we’ll he sit out for the next two years and cost himself millions of dollars , plus the fact , by then , Browns best years we’ll be behind him as a player . Brown and the front office , namely one Art Rooney II , needs to have a good ole come to Jesus meeting and lay the cards on the table . Tell him , point blank , if youre little shenanigans dont stop like skipping practices and walk through’s and calling out team mates , youre next two years will be long ones because you’ll be sitting on the bench and watching . Its just that simple . Treat his diva ass like you would a third string back up , No special treatment of any kind and no pats on the back . You come in , do your job like any other player and keep your mouth shut .

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