Brown quite “modest”: One phone call is enough
The future of Antonio Brown remains open. But a decision has been made: The Wide Receiver will no longer work for the Pittsburgh Steelers. That was the result of a conversation. In addition, the 30-year-old is open to offers – after all, he is “the best in the world” and the innocent lamb related to coach and quarterback. Is it true?
The saga of Antonio Brown still has no end. After weeks full of events such as missing the team training shortly before the end of the season, a not started investigation, a performance in a US singing show, other misdemeanours as well as a probably overriding quarrel with Steelers trainer Mike Tomlin or quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Wide Receiver finally breaks new ground.
A second meeting with Pittsburgh’s President Art Rooney II, who is said to have been standing in front of a closed door last week, resulted in the following: Both parties agree that Brown will leave the club and devote himself to new football goals.
“I had a good meeting with Mr Rooney today. We discussed a lot of things and cleared the way for some problems,” said the passport recipient via Twitter. “We agreed that it was time to go our separate ways – but I will always have appreciation and gratitude for the Rooney family and the Steelers organisation.
If your team out there wants to win and want a hungry wide receiver that’s the best in the whole wide world, someone should call.
This opens the way to a new employer – and so the Steelers must now obtain offers to find a trade partner with whom a deal can take place that makes sense for both sides. One thing is certain: Brown, despite his obviously difficult behaviour and unpleasant remarks via social media, is in great demand – and is of course one of the best receivers in the entire NFL. The top athlete, who was voted 195th place in the NFL draft in the 6th round of Pittsburgh in 2010, achieved 104 catches for 1297 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2018/19 – his sixth 100-catch season in a row is an NFL record. All in all, Pittsburgh has played 130 games in 130 years with 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns.
Modesty? Rather not
There’s no question that Brown will end up with a top team – especially for himself, as he says in a live instgram video: “If your team out there wants to win and want a hungry wide receiver that’s the best in the world, someone should call.”
But there is one problem: Brown’s contract with the Steelers, who in any case will have 21 million US dollars dead money in their own Cap Space, is still running for three years. A farewell would therefore only be possible through dismissal (out of the question) or a trade – and such a farewell would cost a receiving team at least a very high draft pick.
On the side, Brown once again told us something via Twitter – first about his now former teammate “Big Ben” Roethlisberger, the two-time Super Bowl Champion: “There was no conflict – it’s all about respect. Mutual respect. He has the mentality of a team owner, as if he could publicly criticize everyone, including the coaches. The players know that, but they can’t say anything about it – otherwise there will be trouble. It’s a dirty game inside the game.” Brown’s absence on the last, decisive matchday, when the play-offs were finally missed, came back on the table – and here coach Tomlin didn’t get off well: “After the coach told the team that I had let them down while I was healing some wounds, he invited me to join the show – with the same guys who think I had let them down. I can’t take part in that. And I’m the bad guy even though we missed the postseason. Think about it.”