After a 2018 season that included plenty of drama, it appears that Antonio Brown has finally had enough with the Steelers.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported just after the end of the regular season that Brown has requested to be traded from the team. And on Tuesday, Brown tweeted a goodbye to “SteelerNation,” saying it was “time to move on and forward.”
According to La Canfora, a big reason Brown wants to leave is because he’s having issues with coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The tension between Brown and Roethlisberger boiled over in Week 17 when the two players got into a heated dispute before a practice. The dispute was so serious that it caused Brown to skip practice for the rest of the week and to sit out the team’s season finale against the Bengals. Although Roethlisberger downplayed the incident, he did admit that Brown won’t return his calls or texts.
Now, does of all this mean that Brown is going to be traded? Not necessarily.
The biggest obstacle standing between the Steelers and a potential Brown trade is his contract. If the Brown were to be sent to another team, the Steelers would have to eat $21.1 million in dead cap space for 2019. Of course, it’s starting to look like that substantial cap hit isn’t going to be enough to keep a trade from happening. Not only has Steelers owner Art Rooney already stated that it would be “hard to envision” Brown playing for the team next season, but La Canfora has reported that team plans to start formal trade talks at the NFL Combine.
La Canfora has also reported that the Steelers would ideally like to trade Brown to an NFC team, which is why we’ve gone NFC heavy at the top of our list below. With that in mind, let’s check out the top-10 landing spots for Brown.
Antonio Brown landing spots
The 49ers receiving corps could definitely use a boost and Brown would provide that instantly. In 2018, the 49ers leading receiver wasn’t even a receiver, it was tight end George Kittle, who set an NFL record for tight ends with 1,377 yards. (The 49ers leading wide receiver was Kendrick Bourne, who finished the year with just 487 yards). Kittle also caught 88 passes and it appears that he would have no problem sharing some of that load with Brown, and we know that because he’s already trying to recruit the Steelers receiver to San Francisco.
As for Brown, he definitely seemed intrigued by the idea. Not only did he respond to Kittle’s tweet, but he also “liked” a picture that someone posted of him photoshopped into a 49ers uniform.
Brown put up huge numbers in 2018 and he could potentially put up even bigger numbers in 2019 playing in an offense designed by 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan. With Jimmy Garoppolo throwing him the ball, there’s no reason to think that Brown couldn’t approach or surpass his biggest seasons …read more
Source:: Daily times