Antonio Brown seems to have expressed his desire to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers with mentor and friend, Chad Johnson.
Once again, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown are making headlines. As the Super Bowl moves closer, it appears most of the headlines are still centered on the drama happening in the Steelers’ locker room.
This time it’s Chad Johnson who’s bringing Brown’s words to light, reveling the wide receiver wants out of Pittsburgh after all the late season drama. Brown has been the NFL’s biggest story since not showing up for practice before Week 17 of the Steelers’ schedule and constantly expressing himself on social media.
Johnson says Brown isn’t the person the media has made him out to be, though. On ESPN’s First Take, the former Pro Bowler said Brown is being perceived as a diva, and wants out of what’s happening with the Steelers.
"“Anyone that is outspoken, anyone that is outlandishness, any type of personalty that you have, you get the diva label,” Johnson said of Brown. “That’s all that matters. But his work ethic, you already know, I don’t need to say, and it’s an unfortunate situation that’s going on right now in Pittsburgh and he wants out. I don’t know the ins and outs of what’s going on.”"
uoteIf Brown wants out of Pittsburgh and a team comes calling with the right offer, he could get his wish. He’s made it pretty clear he’d like to land in San Fransisco, who has the second pick in the 2019 NFL Draft – a valuable asset to offer the Steelers in return for their All-Pro receiver.
It’ll be a new look for the Steelers in 2019 without their star receiver. JuJu Smith-Schuster, who has also expressed his thoughts on the Brown situation, could be looking at his first season as the team’s top option.
As for the rest of the core, Pittsburgh could adjust draft plans if they move Brown before the NFL Draft. With pressing needs on defense, the team will need to figure out a place to look for a receiver.
There’s still plenty of action ahead for the Steelers, and if Johnson’s words hold any truth, there could be a trade in the works sooner rather than later.