Brown to Steelers Nation: ‘Time to move on’


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If it was ever uncertain, Antonio Brown made one point abundantly clear today: He wants out of Pittsburgh.

Like, yesterday.

Talking through social media today, Brown posted the following video with a caption that reads:

"SteelerNation thank you for big 9 years!!! Time to move on and forward....... #NewDemands"

In addition to the video, Brown has officially requested a trade, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Brown will not become a free agent until 2022 under his current contract with the Steelers, although trade talks have circulated heavily since the end of the 2018-19 NFL season.

Brown reportedly had a spat during practice leading up to the Steelers' Week 17 matchup vs. the Bengals, walked out of team activities, skipped a medical exam, and did not play in the game. Since that time, a series of posts, comments and speculation has followed.

This latest video, however, is the clearest message thus far. As indicated by our own Dale Lolley, if the Steelers trade Brown, it will likely come between the start of the new league season on March 13 and March 18. If Brown is on the roster beyond five days from the start of the new season, he will receive a $2.5 million bonus.

If this is indeed the end for Brown as a member of the Steelers, he will go down as one of the organization's all-time best receivers.

His 11,207 yards rank only behind Hines Ward (12,083) in team history. Brown is also second in receptions (837) and touchdowns (74) to Ward (1,000 and 85, respectively).

He was drafted by the Steelers in 2010 and has played his entire career in Pittsburgh.


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