The news of Brown’s trade request comes right after the star wide receiver tweeted a farewell to the Steelers and their fans, saying it is “time to move on and forward.”
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019
Brown, 30, has been the subject of widespread trade speculation after he failed to show up to work the day before the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Team president Art Rooney II told reporters last month that something changed with Brown the last week of the season, and he wasn’t sure why. He had reached out to Brown to no avail.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN on Jan. 25 that he had spoken to the Steelers to express Brown’s “position” but wouldn’t divulge details.
A source close to Brown believes the wideout is tired of playing the scapegoat for the Steelers’ problems and wants to show he can thrive in another offense.
Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17. If the Steelers trade him before that date, the Steelers would absorb $21.12 million in dead money on their salary cap.
That amount would rise to $23.62 million if he is traded after March 17. Brown, who turns 31 on July 10, is due salaries of $12.625 million in 2019, $11.3 million in 2020 and $12.5 million in 2021.
He has no guaranteed money left on his contract.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Field Yates contributed to this report.