According to ESPN, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has officially requested a trade. The news of his trade request surfaced soon after Brown tweeted a farewell video with a caption that thanked Steeler Nation and stated it’s “time to move on.”
Tensions between Browns and the Steelers have been high in recent weeks. He was the subject of widespread trade speculation after he failed to show up to work the day before the season finale and was benched for Pittsburgh’s final game.
A source close to Brown believes he is tired of playing the scapegoat for the Steelers’ problems and wants to show he can thrive in another offense.
The Steelers have said they will consider trade offers for Brown, but won’t release him.
Brown is owed a $2.5-million roster bonus on March 17. If he’s traded before then, Pittsburgh would absorb a dead cap hit of $21.12 million (versus $23.62 if he’s dealt afterward).
Meanwhile, Brown is signed for three more seasons. He’s set to earn $12.625 million in 2019, $11.3 million in 2020, and $12.5 million in 2021.