Antonio Brown has officially asked the Pittsburgh Steelers to trade him.
The news comes courtesy of ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who tweeted the following on Tuesday:
“Antonio Brown has not been traded nor has he been released. But Brown wants a trade and he officially has requested that from the Steelers, per source.”
Brown is widely regarded as the NFL’s best receiver. Last summer, he was voted by his peers as the second best player in the league in the NFL Network’s annual Top 100 list. Brown was No. 4 on the list the previous year. Since 2013, Brown leads the entire NFL in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
He is the only player in league history to catch at least 100 passes in a season six continue times. His best statistical season took place in 2015, when he caught 136 passes for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns despite playing without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for parts of eight games due to various injuries.
In 2017, Brown led the NFL with 1,533 receiving yards despite missing most of the team’s last three games after sustaining a calf injury. Brown returned from the injury to catch seven passes for 132 yards and two scores in the team’s playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Earlier Tuesday, Brown put out something of a goodbye to Pittsburgh fans, as he tweeted a video of some his best moments in black and gold along with a caption that read ‘time to move on and forward.’
It’s unclear what the Steelers will do next, as trading him will be no walk in the park, both because of a list of off-field problems that includes a civil lawsuit over an alleged furniture-tossing incident and his contract, which makes him one of the league’s highest-paid players and runs through 2024.
As ESPN’s Field Yates explains:
“Antonio Brown trade reminders:
*He’s due a $2.5M roster bonus on March 17th*
*If traded before 3/17, the Steelers would absorb a dead cap hit of $21.12M, $23.62M if after 3/17
What do you think Steelers fans. Is it time to move on from Brown, and Bell too?