Antonio Brown wants out of Pittsburgh. And heâs already saying his goodbyes.
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The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver has officially asked for a trade from the Steelers, according to multiple media reports. The request follows several weeks of speculation after Brown was benched for the teamâs crucial regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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Advertisement > Brown had missed practices and meetings leading up to the game without any contact with the team and has not spoken with anyone with the organization since that game.
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Under contract with the Steelers through the 2021 season, Brown took to social media Tuesday to thank Steelers fans and inform them that itâs “time to move on and forward.”
Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years…time to move on and forward……….✌🏽 #NewDemands pic.twitter.com/fbIoFNdqK4
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019 Brownâs post, which also included a video montage of some of his football highlights, came on the same day he was convicted of a summary count of reckless driving after failure to appear for a hearing. Brownâs attorney declined to tell the Allegheny County Magisterial District Court where his client was.
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In November, Brown was stopped for speeding over 100 mph in his Porsche, Ross Township police said , just hours before his team played the Carolina Panthers. The conviction carries a $200 fine; he earlier paid a $426.77 fine.
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Sign up for our daily sports newsletter » Brown was a sixth-round draft pick for the Steelers in 2010. He led the league in receptions and receiving yards in 2014 and 2015, and his 15 receiving touchdowns were the best in the NFL in 2018. He was the Steelersâ leading receiver from 2013 to 2017, but his 1,297 yards in 2018 were second to teammate JuJu Smith-Schusterâs 1,426
In September, Brown responded to a former Steelers employeeâs tweet claiming Brown wouldnât be as successful on another team by tweeting, ” Trade me letâs find out .”
Weeks after the final game of the season, Steelers President Art Rooney II said it was ” hard to envision ” Brown being back with the team for training camp
“Weâll look at all the options,” Rooney said at the time. “Weâre not going to release him, thatâs not on the table. But I will say all other options are on the table.”