Antonio Brown has officially requested a trade
Brown's contract will see the Steelers take on a massive dead cap hit of $21.12 million if traded, a number which will increase to $23.62 million if he isn't traded by March 17, when he would receive a $2.5 million roster bonus.
Antonio Brown trade reminders:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 12, 2019
* He's due a $2.5M roster bonus on March 17th
* If traded before 3/17, the Steelers would absorb a dead cap hit of $21.12M, $23.62M if after 3/17
* Brown is due $12.625M in 2019, $11.3M in 2020, $12.5M in 2021
* Brown turns 31 on July 10
His salary for the 2019 season is $12.625 million and he also has two more years on his deal after that, during which he would make $11.3 million in 2020 and $12.5 million in 2021.
Despite Brown's adamance to be traded, the Steelers will have to decide if they're willing to take on the insane dead cap hit that would come with Brown being off of the roster.
Antonio Brown has not been traded nor has he been released. But Brown wants a trade and he officially has requested that from the Steelers, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019
It's not likely that the Steelers would be willing to hand over their star player and take a dead cap hit of more than $20 million in order to land a mid-round pick, which is what recent reports suggest that Brown's current value is.
The Steelers will want to work quickly to figure out whatever decision is best for the team and they could save themselves $2.5 million if they trade him before March 17, though that isn't much compared to what they'd be losing.