In an offseason filled with Antonio Brown bashing the Pittsburgh Steelers, one former player has a story where AB turned the GM into an evil figure.
Denver Broncos wide receiver, and former Steeler, Emmanuel Sanders spoke on 104.3 The Fan about his experience when trying to resign with the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Sanders, Pittsburgh didn’t do much to keep him and said the reason was because he wasn’t their beloved Antonio Brown.
In 2014, Sanders left Pittsburgh for the Denver Broncos who offered him a three-year, $15 million contract. At the time, many believed Sanders left to try and become a number one receiver somewhere, but according to him, it was because of the attitude Pittsburgh General Manager, Kevin Colbert, had when trying to extend his contract.
"The Steelers offered me a crappy deal. They offered me three years, $9 million, $1 million guaranteed,” Sanders said on The Fan. “I’ll never forget when they offered me the deal, I declined the deal, I went into Kevin Colbert’s office and said, ‘I don’t want to take the deal.’ He looks at me and he goes, ‘Who do you think you are, Antonio Brown?’ I wanted to say, ‘F-you.’ I’ll never forget that."
This isn’t the first time Colbert has made national attention to defending one of his players to the extreme. Earlier this offseason, during his NFL Combine interview, Colbert spoke on Ben Roethlisberger’s leadership and how he is the man of the team.
His words weren’t taken as positively on he had hoped for. Many Steelers fans thought he was handing Ben too much power, basically backing up what Antonio Brown had been saying all winter.
Now, you have to question whether he has a problem with speaking to players who aren’t on the same page as him. Sanders didn’t have issues when in Pittsburgh and although he may not have been worth a $15 million deal, no one needed to call him out for not being another Antonio Brown.
Sanders hasn’t been someone bashing the Steelers, either. Not everything former Pittsburgh players say can be taken with complete seriousness, but Sanders has made it known he isn’t on the side of AB or Le’Veon Bell in the Steelers drama.
It makes you wonder why Colbert continues to get so hard-headed about his words when he’s upset. For a GM most-likely on the hot seat, he needs positive press sooner than later.