Antonio Brown demands Steelers trade privately and publicly

Virginia Santiago
February 13, 2019

Their situation with receiver Antonio Brown, in particular, seems to be in the headlines often, and that was once again the case this week as he took to social media to say goodbye to Steelers nation Tuesday. Time to move on and forward. Brown included the hashtag #NewDemands.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Brown has in fact requested a trade from the Steelers.

The 30-year-old Brown has been rumored to be unhappy in Pittsburgh since he was benched for the regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals following a practice dispute with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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Earlier Tuesday, Brown was convicted in absentia on a charge of reckless driving in a suburban Pittsburgh court.

Police cited Brown for driving a black Porsche in excess of 100mph through Ross Township, Pennsylvania on November 8th, which was the morning of the Steelers' game against the Carolina Panthers. He paid a $426.77 fine.

ESPN later reported Brown officially asked to be dealt. He's coming off a 2018 season in which he totaled 104 catches for 1,297 yards with an NFL-high 15 receiving touchdowns.

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It's unclear what the Steelers would be looking for in an Antonio Brown trade, but the franchise would likely be seeking a good draft pick or two.

If Brown does hit the trade market, it will be interesting to see what kind of interest there is. It's also worth noting that the National Football Players' Association said the Chiefs have $715,000 of unused cap space carrying over to next season.

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