Antonio Brown has been unhappy with the Pittsburgh Steelers for what seems like a while now. Pittsburgh doesn't want to see New England unlock and unleash Brown's production in a playoff game between the two teams.
Brown is under contract through the 2020 season, so the Steelers aren't beholden to trading him. Although Brown is the best receiver "available" this offseason, he comes with a lot of baggage and he's going to cost a lot in a trade.
Brown, 30, has been the subject of widespread trade speculation after he failed to show up to work the day before the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. Steelers president Art Rooney II said last month he wasn't sure why Brown had turned against the team. He has since filed for custody of his daughter in the wake of the alleged incident. Brown is without question one of the best receivers in football. 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. Since then, he has recorded more than 1,000 yards receiving in seven of his nine seasons in the league.
The announcement came just hours after it was revealed that Brown was found guilty of reckless driving after not appearing in court today.
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