The big news spilling out Tuesday is that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has requested a trade, a result of not seeing eye-to-eye with head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
However, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Brown has not "officially" asked for a trade, and the whole debacle at practice last week was more out of frustration than anything else.
My understanding of the situation surrounding #Steelers WR Antonio Brown: As he exited the field in frustration on Wednesday, he yelled, "I’m done!" Then wondered why they don’t trade him. More venting in anger than anything. He has not made any actual trade request, officially.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 1, 2019
Maybe he hasn't sat down with the Rooneys and asked for a trade specifically, but there's been a lot of drama surrounding Brown and the Steelers, and him yelling "I'm done" at practice out of frustration doesn't paint a pretty picture.
Wow! Ryan Clark told a story about Antonio Brown during training camp (2012). "When you give him money, you're gonna create a monster" pic.twitter.com/8KvV9hVdjI— #NobodyDied (@ftbeard_17) January 1, 2019
Whether Brown really wants out, or the Steelers want to move on, it doesn't sound like it's actually going to happen. Yes, teams would be very interested in arguably the best receiver in football, but if Pittsburgh moves him, they'll have to pay $21 million in dead cap space.
From a business and football standpoint, it doesn't make a lot of sense. I'm sure the Steelers want to move on from the drama with AB, but that's a lot of money to pay a player who won't be on your team.