The Pittsburgh Steelers met with Antonio Brown on Tuesday morning, and the end result of the meeting was a consensus that a trade is best for everyone, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Antonio Brown met today with Art Rooney, per source. Then Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus joined the meeting, as did Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert and exec Omar Kahn. Meeting was cordial and “everyone agreed the trade will be for the best,” per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 19, 2019
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media shared that the Steelers have agreed to work on trading Brown, but that neither he nor his agent can reach out to teams at this time.
Brown also shared his thoughts on the meeting.
Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues! We both agreed that it is time to move on but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod #Boomin pic.twitter.com/DEgURchvhW
— AB (@AB84) February 19, 2019
Based on the way Antonio Brown has been laying into Pittsburgh on social media of late, and based on the fact that he reportedly abandoned his teammates not once, not twice, but three times last year, this was inevitable.
The big question now is whether Pittsburgh can really gain much at all trying to move Brown. He’s done everything he can to tank his own trade value, perhaps in an effort to hurt his soon-to-be former team.
Likely, we’ll see trade talks heat up at the combine. Stay tuned, because the rumors will be flying in hot and heavy.