Antonio Brown to Twitter critic: Trade me, find out how I’d do elsewhere

Getty Images

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown left the locker room before talking to reporters after Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs, but he surfaced on Monday to respond to a critic on Twitter.

Brown was spotted in a heated conversation with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner had finished the day with nine catches for 67 yards while being targeted 17 times by Ben Roethlisberger. That leaves Brown with 18 catches for 160 yards on the year, which is well off his standard from previous seasons.

Some combination of those things led a Twitter user whose bio indicates he used to work for the Steelers to opine that Brown should “thank his lucky stars” that he is on a team with Roethlisberger and that he wouldn’t have put up such prolific numbers over his career had he landed with a different team. Brown fired back on Monday.

“Trade me let’s find out,” Brown wrote.

A trade involving Brown seems highly unlikely for many reasons and there’s no reason at present to think the tweet reflects Brown’s actual desire for one. It’s another piece to what’s been an unhappy and drama-filled start to the season in Pittsburgh.

86 responses to “Antonio Brown to Twitter critic: Trade me, find out how I’d do elsewhere

  1. Targeted 17 times and he’s unhappy? Maybe every Steeler play should be Ben scrambling around and launching one to AB?

  2. Tomlin has completely lost control of this team.
    They need a new man at the helm.

    Tomlin has benefited from a franchise QB, the best WR in the game,
    the best RB in the game, and a top 3 O-line.
    When the game comes down to coaching he is beat every time.

  3. Redskins.. you lack wide receivers already. If he’s available,you best make a trade for him. After all Jay, you said it yourself. Redskins have to win now. Prove it by getting talent at the wide receiver position.

  4. This season is NOT going to end well. This is the beginning of the end of the Tomlin era. No discipline and no defense is finally catching up to this team. Along with a very poor coaching staff. Even the Rooney family has to see this.

    Signed,
    A Steeler supporter.

  5. Just shut up and play, Antonio.

    Another diva WR spending more time with his face in his phone than his playbook.

    Why dont ya “THREATEN” some more journalists for just doing their job.

    You stay classy, AB. Just because you show up to camp in a Rolls Royce, doesnt mean you belong at the grownups table eating caviar. You belong in the McDonalds play palace with a Happy Meal.

  6. Anyone who thinks Ben made AB a better player is a moron. AB, for some of his antics is the best receiver in the NFL. He has made Ben and the Steelers offense better. Last year in the game opener against the Browns, AB was triple teamed and Ben threw up a ball and AB went up and got it.

    With that said, I would prefer he not lose his cool as often as he does and take the approach of not saying these type of things. Just last week, he threatened a reporter because he didn’t like the story about him.

  7. loose cannons……

    never know when they are going to go off…..

    Can’t always count on them to behave as those cannons that are not loose…

    Sometimes loose cannons can backfire and hurt those that loaded them..

    Sometimes you just have to latch a loose cannon down to make it work correctly

    Think Tomlin is that coach????

    I don’t.

  8. When you have the talent this team has and play the way they do and all the drama only one place to lay the blame.

    Coach Tomlin.

  9. myspaceyourface says:
    September 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    Tomlin has completely lost control of this team.
    They need a new man at the helm.

    Tomlin has benefited from a franchise QB, the best WR in the game,
    the best RB in the game, and a top 3 O-line.
    When the game comes down to coaching he is beat every time.

    —————————————————————
    I am critical of Tomlin but your argument makes no sense, you are talking like Tomlin wasn’t the one who drafted all those players with the exception of Ben. He has turned a 6 and 2 rounder into the best in the league, and extended the football life of Ben by putting a top five O-Line around him. The stinker that happened yesterday is all Tomlin but let’s give the man his appropriate due when deserved.

  10. A “player’s coach” works for few years, and then it doesn’t. It’s refreshing for awhile, and then the coach typically loses control of the team.

    That has happened in Pittsburgh.

  11. AB I know you cannot help but to read this stuff, sometimes getting in your car and go home is the best answer. Social media will get you every time.

  12. He shouldn’t be so thin skinned. If he was on a team with a bottom tier QB of course he wouldn’t have had as many catches. That takes nothing away from what he’s achieved with the Steelers.

  13. Steelers logic=”Oh man, our offense is on fire. We scoring points like crazy. Our defense is kind of flaky though. I know the solution. I think that we should fire the offensive coordinator”

  14. Conner 8 carries for 17 yards. Where are all the people saying that he would replace Bell, after he had a great game against the great Browns?

    What the Steelers need is a solid run game to slow the pace of the game down.

  15. The Steelers lost. But Brown does not seem upset about it, he seems upset he isn’t getting TDs. He has seemed much more obsessed with stats than wins for most of his career.

    And responding to a fan? Even dumber than his facebook live streaming from the locker room.

    Brown cares a lot more about himself than winning. That can’t be a good thing. And Tomlin has no ability to control this team. You can’t if you try to be a friend rather than a coach.

  16. He’s lucky Chiefs defense isn’t playing too well so far. Or the result yesterday would’ve been even worse

  17. Dysfunctional team that can sometimes overcome it with talent. Except when they gave a bunch of mediocre drafts in a row.

  18. Brown has been belly aching for years. If it wasn’t for Bell, he’d be the No. 1 distraction on the “Me First” Steelers’ roster. First, he complained ad nauseam about his contract. Then, he blabbed and blabbed about his clownish touchdown dances. Fact is, he’s like Little Ben. Lots of drama, mouthing off, and lots of garbage time points to pump up his stats. But but can’t win a playoff game to save his life and now he can’t win a regular season game to save his life.

  19. So Antonio brown didn’t facebook live the steelers locker room after the loss to the Chiefs. LOL. I wonder Why. It is So Sweet to see my Chiefs go into Pittsburgh and defeat the steelers.

  20. “I used to like this clowns overall game. Wouldn’t want him in my teams locker room!”

    Wouldn’t want a top 3 WR on the Cowboys right now? You sure?

  21. myspaceyourface says:
    September 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    Tomlin has completely lost control of this team.
    They need a new man at the helm.

    Tomlin has benefited from a franchise QB, the best WR in the game,
    the best RB in the game, and a top 3 O-line.
    When the game comes down to coaching he is beat every time.

    —————————————————————
    I am critical of Tomlin but your argument makes no sense, you are talking like Tomlin wasn’t the one who drafted all those players with the exception of Ben. He has turned a 6 and 2 rounder into the best in the league, and extended the football life of Ben by putting a top five O-Line around him. The stinker that happened yesterday is all Tomlin but let’s give the man his appropriate due when deserved.

    ______________________________________________

    The Steelers have drafted talent. The lack of player development is what is costing us dearly at the moment.
    Guys miss assignments, miss tackles, take awful penalties, lack discipline, and play uninspired more times than not.
    No one has done less with more talent.

    Tomlin’s poor game/time management style goes all the way back to his first playoff game with the jags. He blew that
    game too. Tomlin was hired as a defensive guru (who specialized in the secondary) and it hasn’t improved in over a decade.

    At some point he has to be held responsible. To this point he has gotten a pass on all of it.

  22. To deny Ben made AB is ludicrous. Yes, Brown is good, but so was Wallace before him. Granted he’s more talented than Wallace, it’s not by as much as some would argue and look what happened when Wallace went to another team. Steeler employ next man up to another level. Ju-Ju is next in line once they determine Brown costs too much.

  23. This team hasn’t been the same since the jags knocked them out in Pittsburgh. Taking about rematches with the patriots before playing the jags. It was clear then the egos were through the roof and Tomlin had no discipline and lost control of this talented roster.

  24. Um… you guys are acting like he’s ASKING for a trade.

    He’s merely saying that if he was on another team, he’d still dominate.

    He’s right. Roeth has never been known to be a super accurate QB. He makes throws in AREAS that his receivers can make a play, he’s not dropping dimes on guys.

    For example: Put him in Diggs’ role in MN with a good possession receiver on the other side, and he’s putting up better numbers than Diggs (and that’s with Diggs putting up good numbers)

    Mountain out of a mole hill. AB loves him some AB, don’t get me wrong. BUT he’s not covertly or clearly asking for a trade here.

  25. I have a coach, a wide receiver and a kicker we’ll trade for you with?

    Signed,
    John Dorsey
    Cleveland Browns

  26. in response to the comment about Tomlin drafting these guys.
    Tomlin doesnt decide, the Steelers have a great draft room and have excelled at the draft long before Mikey T came to town. He has lost the team, they like him but they dont seem to respect him based on how they act and what they say and how they go about their business.

  27. NFL Players engaging with people on Twitter. So dumb. And they say then never read what the critics have to say.

  28. delaney smith says:
    September 17, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    in response to the comment about Tomlin drafting these guys.
    Tomlin doesnt decide, the Steelers have a great draft room and have excelled at the draft long before Mikey T came to town.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    I’m glad you said it. I’m not a Steelers fan but some people seem to have forgotten that the coaches don’t draft. Can’t believe I’m defending a rival team but if Shazier was still playing the defense would be better.

  29. udjets says:
    September 17, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    To deny Ben made AB is ludicrous. Yes, Brown is good, but so was Wallace before him. Granted he’s more talented than Wallace, it’s not by as much as some would argue and look what happened when Wallace went to another team. Steeler employ next man up to another level. Ju-Ju is next in line once they determine Brown costs too much.

    Im not a steelers fan but you obviously have never played football. What AB does has nothing to do with a QB. His skills are some of the best ever on a football field. His route running is elite. He gets open against everyone. The average or even above average WR can’t do what he does. He can’t be pressed, he can’t be blanketed, and has to be doubled. He can consistently get open against defensive schemes designed solely to stop him. Any decent armed QB can throw him the ball, but the work he does not many can do.

  30. I hate AB, but he’s right. If anything he’s made Ben money. Put him on the Pats or Green Bay and his numbers are even better. Take him off Pitt and Ben’s numbers drop off of that cliff Max K has been talking about for the past 5 years

  31. Remember when Mike Wallace was the number one receiver on the Steelers and AB was #2? How’d Wallace do with Tannehill and Flacco? Or when Santonio Holmes went to the Jets. On and on and on.

  32. AB is a diva but so are most elite receivers. For some reason it seems to be in their DNA. I understand all the hate for Tomlin. If he looked differently he would not be disliked so much. Bottom line is he won a SB quickly, it took Cowher much longer and so many people don’t like that either and can’t appreciate that very few people beat Belichek. Andy Reid is very successful but I don’t think he’s even gotten to the AFC Championship game yet, however I bet almost all KC fans would rather keep him and don’t hate on him like so many Steeler fans hate on Tomlin. Its just interesting to see. By the way who would be better???

  33. Ben does not make Brown great. Have you seen some of the one handed toe touch dragging catches he has had to make and runs after the catch?

  34. I agree with most of what’s been said. There are diva receivers all over the league who still produce on winning teams, however. But How can he complain when he was targeted 17 times?

    But as an aside, to say his production is “well off his usual production” is puzzling. If he continued that production, he would finish with 144 catches, around 1300 yards and 8 TDS. Not bad.

  35. I am a Chiefs fan and I despise the Steelers. Yesterdays game could have gone either way, both teams got breaks and both teams got screwed by the officials. AB is one of the best receivers in the league, he was a diva yesterday and yes, Tomlin has probably lost control of that team. They are only 0-1-1, plenty of time to turn things around. The Steelers are a scary team and I would be very surprised if they miss the playoffs.

  36. Tomlin needed to go after his team called out New England before the even played the Jaguars. Embarrassing end for Tomlin but he’ll resurface elsewhere, never winning anything of significance again.

  37. When a players production outweigh his antics you accept the antics and reap the rewards of that production. When a players antics outweigh his production you send the player packing. Brown is one of the games best receivers if not best receiver yet his antics will get himself sent packing once his production falls off. He hasn’t been the same this year but I think it has more to do with not being 100 percent and missing pretty much all of training camp with an injury. Brown needs to realize that he will get his touches in time and acting like an idiot isn’t going to help the situation. Once Ben retires the Steelers will trade Brown as he simply wont be worth the hassle anymore for what he brings to the table.

  38. Trade bell and brown to the browns. That will shut them up real quik. It will cool down their big egos.

  39. Diva complaining! What else is new? He posted “trade me”. Then do it to tach him to keep his mouth shut. He’s getting the touches. What else does he want?

  40. Bell refuses to report, Brown openly wants to be traded(or he wouldn’t have made that tweet), what is going on in Pittsburgh? They appear to be headed for a giant trainwreck.

    And if you’ve looked at their schedule, it’s not going to get any easier. There is not a “get-well” game left.

  41. The guy has a great work ethic no matter what. One other thing is whoever scouts wideouts for the Steelers really knows their stuff, they find gems like no one else.

  42. Brown’s response to the tweet was completely asinine and unnecessary. If he felt compelled to respond to a tweet (and I am not saying he SHOULD have felt compelled to respond), he could have said that he and Ben have a great chemistry together that make both better. Instead, he acts like a childish fool. He also made a fool of himself on the sideline during the game, AGAIN. He threatened a reporter recently, and previously this year he called another Pittsburgh reporter a racist. What is he doing? Brown needs to get off social media, focus on what HE can do to help this team. As a Steeler fan, I am tired of this type of nonsense when they have so many football issues to deal with. Why does Tomlin let this stuff continue?

  43. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:13 pm
    He is not asking for a trade. He was responding to the original Tweet. Stop hyperventilating over nothing significant.
    ———————–
    no one hyperventilating here, I’d love to see them go 0-16. I guess “Trade me, let’s find out” means something different to you.

  44. So the general consensus among Steeler fans is that all the players are lucky to be there and they would flop for any other team. Tomlin must be a genius!

  45. How many TDs does Brown have from a QB not named Big Ben?

    Can you say 0, NOTTA, NONE, ZILCH, NOT A ONE!!!

    So not only do his catches go way down, his TDs go to 0 when Big Ben doesn’t play!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!