I don’t believe this was the “it’ll all come out soon” type of interview Antonio Brown said was coming but it’s something at the very least. In a social media post released a short time ago Brown said “its time to move on.” We here at Steel City Blitz could not agree more.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019
Let me first state that I take no pleasure in any of this. Brown has worked as hard if not harder than any Steeler in recent memory. He’s also provided us with amazing plays and great moments we will not forget. But as Mike Tomlin reportedly said (and I’m paraphrasing here), “once the production no longer outweighs the problems, you get rid of him.” The production is still high but so too are the issues and most if not all are of Brown’s own doing.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweeted the following shortly after Brown’s tweet.
This had been building. Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN a few weeks ago that he had told the Steelers Brown’s ‘position’ on things. Many close to Brown believe he was done playing scapegoat for Steelers‘ problems and wanted new start.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 12, 2019
Brown is “tired of being the scapegoat?” This has to be a reference to Ben Roethlisberger’s critical comments following the loss in Denver and as I said then, Ben is too damn forthcoming publicly sometimes for his own good. This however goes much further than just comments from Big Ben.
This is what happens when you have Terrell Owens and Chad “Ochocino” Johnson as your mentors. I can only imagine the stuff these two were putting in his ear over recent months and years. The Steelers rewarded Brown contractually not once but twice. They made concessions for him at Training Camp and they stood by him during everything from Facebook Live to speeding down McKnight Road. Yet Brown feels under appreciated.
As I said many times about Le’Veon Bell, I’d rather lose with guys who want to be on the team than win with guys who don’t. This is where I am with Brown now. If he doesn’t want to be here then I don’t want him here.
As for what the Steelers can expect to get in return for Brown? That’s going to be very intriguing. Some believe he’s already cost them the chance at a first rounder while some wonder if anyone will offer so much as a mid-round selection. If I’m the Steelers I’m not dumping him for just anything. If I don’t get offers I feel are justified then he stays. He’s still under contract and has very little leverage.
Yes, he can choose to be more difficult and even more incorrigible than he is right now but that also means he likely does so away from camp or the team facilities. He can rant and rave all he wants to via social media and the media in general but as long as he isn’t around the team can handle it. After all, look what they’ve learned from the Bell saga last year.
This is all very unfortunate and I wish it wouldn’t have come this but here we are. Antonio Brown has more than likely played his last game for the Steelers. If it means this team does in fact become more of a “team?” Then I’m all for it.