PITTSBURGH - Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has reportedly requested a trade.
According to a tweet by Jason La Canfora, Brown asked to be traded but did not demand a trade.
Antonio Brown has requested a trade. Im told it was not a demand but he has asked to be dealt. Very unlikely Rooney would capitulate. Brown has issues with Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger. Feels like the coach is too aligned with the QB.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 1, 2019
Former Steelers safety Ryan Clark agrees that it's time for Brown to find a new team, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
“When it comes to just being a good teammate, when it comes to just being supportive, understanding that you’re trying to achieve one goal, that doesn’t matter to him,” Clark said of Brown, in an appearance on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt. “What matters to him is 19 attempts, 14 catches, 185 yards, two touchdowns against the Saints. That’s what’s important to Antonio Brown."
Brown has been the focus of several off-the-field issues this season, including this past weekend when he didn't play in the finale against the Bengals.
An unflattering report Monday said Brown sat out not because of his knee, but rather because of a rift with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
In his weekly radio show, Roethlisberger said Tuesday there were no serious issues between him and Brown, according to WPXI news partner TribLIVE.
"I am blessed to pay with him," Roethlisberger said. "He’s one of my closest friends on the team. AB and I have been together for a long time; I owe so much of my success to him and consider him a really close friend on the team."
Brown is under contract with the Steelers through the 2021 season.
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