It appears star receiver Antonio Brown may have actually played his final football game for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
An offseason full of social media posts — in which Brown has issued demands to be traded — prompted a meeting Tuesday with team owner Art Rooney II. Afterward, Brown posted a message to his Twitter account in which he said “we both agreed that it is time to move on” from the organization.
“Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues!” Brown posted Tuesday. “We both agreed that it is time to move on but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod #Boomin”
ESPN subsequently reported that Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and vice president of football and business administration Omar Kahn also attended the meeting. ESPN characterized the session as “cordial” and reported that “everyone agreed the trade will be for the best.”
According to NFL Network, the Steelers declined to give Rosenhaus and Brown permission to speak to other teams, but the organization said it would work toward a deal.
Tuesday’s meeting occurred after Brown’s nine-minute Instagram Live video in which he broadcast his demands to prospective suitors while he was working out on an elliptical machine.
“If your squad want to win and your squad want a hungry wide receiver who’s the best in the whole world, someone hit my phone,” Brown said Monday in the broadcast. “Tell them I ain’t doing no unguarantees. I ain’t even gonna play myself no more for this NFL, you heard? I think I done everything. What y’all think? What’s left for me to do? Win a Super Bowl? Gotta be the right team for that, right?
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“If your team got guaranteed money, they want to get to know me and work with me, tell them to call me.”
Of course, calling Brown and Rosenhaus directly at this juncture would qualify as tampering by another team.
This all comes in the wake of a tumultuous season. Brown missed several practices and meetings before Week 17’s game against the Bengals. The Steelers later declared him inactive for the game, which was a must-win for the squad as it made its final (ultimately unsuccessful) push to get to the playoffs.
Brown said he had been dealing with a nagging injury when he missed the practices, but it was an alleged dust-up with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that simmered beneath the surface.
On Saturday, Brown tweeted about the spat.
“No conflict just a matter of respect!” Brown posted. “Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. Players know but they can’t say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It’s a dirty game within a game. #truth”
Brown, 30, continues to be one of the most productive receivers in all of football and just caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a league-best 15 touchdowns in 15 games last season.
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