George Kittle, Antonio Brown commence their football courtship

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Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has kept a very low profile in the aftermath of the unflattering report regarding the latest distraction he has created in Pittsburgh. With one exception.

49ers tight end George Kittle, apparently aware of the rift currently existing between Brown and the Steelers, tweeted a simple greeting to wideout who currently may be feeling unwanted: “Sup?

Brown responded, tweeting a starry eyed emoji.

The gesture is being interpreted, regardless of intent, as Kittle making a pitch for Brown to join the 49ers, and Brown accepting. The biggest impediment (beyond 49ers management actually wanting Brown), continues to be Brown’s contract. Because the Steelers opt for large signing bonuses over guaranteed money beyond the first year, and because the Steelers routinely restructure contracts to create cap space, the cap consequences for trading or cutting Brown would exceed $21 million.

But if this embattled receiver has also become embittered, the Steelers could be looking at a T.O. 2005 situation, on the other end of the Commonwealth. Which could force them to do something in order to avoid another season filled with even more distractions that trace back to a receiver who has demonstrated in recent months a side far different than the hard-working, always-smiling yardage and touchdown machine.

And if Brown somehow ends up in San Francisco this offseason, yes, the 49ers and Steelers are scheduled to face each other in 2019.

31 responses to “George Kittle, Antonio Brown commence their football courtship

  1. It’s the beginning of the end of the Steelers and Big Ben. It’s a shame that Tomlin could do so little with so much talent. Hate to say it, but Browns will rule the AFC North for the next 15 years.

  2. Seems a bit of a stretch to connect these dots based on an emoji (of all things).

    From a business standpoint, it would be a steep price to pay for an elite receiver who is slowly becoming a head case.

    If this turns into TO 2005, the Steelers would probably just sit on his rights until the end of the upcoming season.

  3. You think you don’t get the ball enough in Pittsburgh? See how that works out in San Fran where they haven’t had a decent QB in 2+ decades….

  4. Lol the 9’ers aren’t gonna be good next year either. Why volunteer for exile? Tbh, eating 21mil to get rid of a cancer might be worth it. Diva receivers are available all over the place

  5. it would be stupid for the Steelers to do it. After what the Raiders did to their team though nothing would surprise me. Taking a cap hit of 21M and allowing AB to squeeze his way out having already received the money from Pittsburgh so he could get another deal would be stupid on an unprecedented level.

  6. At least one first round pick. No less.
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    For a 31 year old diva with a bloated contract? Steelers would be thrilled to get someone to take the contract for no picks.

  7. So when do the Steelers lose 2 first round picks for totally fabricating an injury report to disguise the fact AB had a fight with Ben and stormed off the team? I mean, we all saw that happen right.

  8. Kittle may be right, a Stand Up Paddleboard might just be the ticket for Brown to relax and think things over. Good core exercise, too.

  9. carloswlassiter says:

    January 1, 2019 at 9:45 am

    At least one first round pick. No less.
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    For a 31 year old diva with a bloated contract? Steelers would be thrilled to get someone to take the contract for no picks”

    Steelers will be eating 21 million if they trade him. They will also be trading away the best WR in the league, a future HOFer and a guy with 3-4 more great years in him. You would be jumping up and down if he went to your team. A first round pick is the least a team should give up for AB.

  10. For the record, everyone agrees that the Eagles should have worked things out with TO

  11. Can Brown turn into a draft pick that would allow the Steelers to move on from Ben? If so, it might be worth it to take the cap hit in 2019.

  12. Someone would have to offer Pittsburgh multiple high draft choices and /or a pile of cash. Neither is likely to happen. What’s more likely is AB is benched or put on unpaid leave.

  13. Of course AB wouldn’t mind the Niners, besides Kittle there is no one else who would steal his catches.

  14. Brown knew the Steelers were overtly lying and failed to step up. He and all the others who participated in this sordid scandal should be suspended for the entire season.

  15. TMolney says:
    January 1, 2019 at 6:23 am
    It’s the beginning of the end of the Steelers and Big Ben. It’s a shame that Tomlin could do so little with so much talent. Hate to say it, but Browns will rule the AFC North for the next 15 years.
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    If all of their talent is home-grown and developed then he must be doing something right.

    Fans expect Head Coaches and franchise QBs to just sprinkle pixie dust on a team and win Super Bowls. Only one team can win the Super Bowl as a fan all you can ask from your team is to be in the hunt and contend for one. And I think Tomllin’s teams have been contenders more often than not.

    Tomlin has a career winning percentage of .648, a winning playoff record, and a Lombardi. What more do you want from a coach?

  16. “All that drama in Pittsburgh starts with Tomlin, just saying.”

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    You know, everyone on this board says that because they dislike the Steelers, but I just don’t see that. Tomlin can be criticized for his strategic decisions or his demeanour (or that trip of Jacoby Jones down the sideline), but he definitely does not encourage drama. I know, I know, the Patriots and Jags both were offended by his “see them again” comments before, but that really wasn’t a big deal to me. His team had just lost a close game due to a questionable call and I didn’t really see much of anything another wouldn’t say in that situation.

    Tomlin can be criticized for how he handles certain situations, but he certainly does not “cause” the drama created by players like LeVeon Bell, Antonio Brown, and sometimes Ben Roethlisberger. It’s okay to think poorly of Tomlin for other reasons, but you people talk about him like he’s Jerry Glanville.

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