Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers are headed towards a heated divorce, and the team is going to take full advantage of their All-Pro receiver’s worth.
It seems as if the Steelers hit a point of no return with Antonio Brown. At first, these antics were brushed off or ignored. The fans, players and coaches talked Brown’s sideline freak outs and Facebook lives into dust as the receiver was able to do whatever he pleased.
But when Brown decided not to show up to practice heading into a do-or-die game in Week 17, Mike Tomlin and the front office had enough. Add all the social media drama he’s included over the last week and Pittsburgh is looking to move on from their All-Pro wide out as soon as possible.
Replacing him will be difficult but moving him will come easy. Even if this team won’t get a Khalil Mack deal, or maybe even much more than Amari Cooper’s trade, they will get decent compensation for a player that continues to make noise.
Plenty of teams will come calling, but not every one will have the value to make a move for Brown. Those who do have the available money, draft picks, or maybe players will find themselves with a significant question – do you go after the NFL’s best receiver.
Many expect Brown to be dealt before March, avoiding his roster bonus the Steelers will need to pay him if he’s still around. With more interest building daily, the Steelers will find someone to take on their receiver. Likely one of these five teams.