Antonio Brown continues to push back

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The Steelers have grown accustomed to dictating terms to their players. The tables have turned in recent months.

It started with running back Le'Veon Bell refusing to sign a long-term contract and eventually sitting out a full season. It continues with receiver Antonio Brown, who isn’t remaining quiet or passive as the team unloads on him. Brown posted a message on social media while coach Mike Tomlin teed off on Brown’s AWOL act from Week 17. More recently, Brown had an apparently sarcastic message for owner Art Rooney II after Rooney made it clear that Brown’s future very well may be elsewhere.

Brown has since promised to address “negative speculations about my character” in a video taped with former NFL receiver Chad Johnson. He also capped a string of Monday morning tweets with this: “All the things I know I still been silent doe #Donotdisturb.”

With former Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders recently dusting off his complaints about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — and with many believing that the Steelers vs. Antonio issue actually boils down to Antonio vs. Ben — it could be that Antonio will decide to air dirty laundry about a quarterback who has repeatedly been the target of concerns regarding leadership and teamwork.

If Brown wants out (and he indeed may), picking a public fight with Roethlisberger could be the best way to make it happen. Even if it didn’t immediately work for Terrell Owens, when his scorched-earth effort to get out of Philadelphia eventually became an attack on Donovan McNabb.

41 responses to “Antonio Brown continues to push back

  1. Well when you work as hard as Brown does and you see a guy like Roethlisberger who has made a career of skating on his talent and stature. It’s probably ok when you’re winning and making SB runs but not so great when you’re missing the playoffs

  2. Trouble in river city. Couldn’t happen to a nicer quarterback. Ben has always been the problem. They can’t see the forest because of the trees.

  3. WRs are such babies. I agree that Big Ben isn’t the best of leaders and I agree that he shouldn’t be blaming people on radio shows. It isn’t a cool move at all. But it doesn’t excuse crying like a sensitive baby and going AWOL on your team before an elimination game.

    Clearly AB, Fat Ben, Tomlin, Rooney, and Colbert need to sit in a room and hash out all this petty stuff if there is even a chance of AB coming back. If not, mutually part ways, get your draft equity, and focus on coming back strong in 2019. Egos always get in the way of things in the NFL. From the top, all the way to the bottom.

  4. Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it Antonio Brown.
    Sanders is the ONLY WR that left the Steelers and was productive.
    AB should consider that.
    Ben could be gone soon too.

  5. As good as AB is (he really is a great WR) and regardless of the circumstances with Roethlisberger, the fact remains it is still easier to come by a #1 WR than it is to find a franchise QB. From the standpoint of any organization the franchise QB is going to win a peeing contest with a WR every time. When that contest happens in Pittsburgh, where they have repeatedly shown WR is a position they draft/assess really well, it’s over before it even starts.

  6. Again Ben is the bigger problem here. The silence from Steelers teammates on this subject is deafening.

    Le’Veon Bell was called out by couple of the lineman and another teammate or two for holding out. Nobody on the team is commenting on Brown or stepping up for Ben here when he’s faced with criticism by an outsider like Sanders.

  7. To me this still ALLLLLL goes back to a lack of control by Tomlin and the Rooney’s.
    This team hasn’t had a lick of discipline or leadership since the day Tomlin arrived.

  8. “Brown has since promised to address “negative speculations about my character” in a video taped with former NFL receiver Chad Johnson.”

    HUH?!!!! Did I read that right? Brown is going to address his character by doing a video with Chad Johnson?!!

  9. Brown has since promised to address “negative speculations about my character” in a video taped with former NFL receiver Chad Johnson
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    What a perfect cohort to help address his character. Does this mean AB will be changing his name to Ocho cuatro?

  10. AB should be careful what he wished for. He could end up on a losing team for the rest of his career.

  11. At this point, why would any team trade for a 31 year old wide receiver conducting himself this way regardless of his talent? Bad for the locker room. I mean he seriously skipped practices the week before a crucial game that decided whether the team got into the playoffs or not.

  12. All of this lays at the feet of a weak willed coach in Tomlin. Tomlin should of had the testicular fortitude to get Ben and whoever else in line. You don’t see these issues in New Orleans, Kansas City, New England or Los Angeles.

    Because those coaches are strong willed and the buck stops with them. But look at Tomlin? His owner has to get involved because he’s so weak willed and spineless.

  13. donterrelli says:
    January 14, 2019 at 10:18 am

    AB should be careful what he wished for. He could end up on a losing team for the rest of his career.
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    He’s on a non-playoff team now. What difference does it make if he moves to a different one?

  14. Like Ben’s leadership or not facts show that the Steelers lost Sanders, Wallace, Bryant, Hines Ward and now Bell and they still don’t skip a beat on offence. Like I said.. like Ben or not he is the reason they keep moving on. The Steelers have a knack for replacing WRs in the draft. JuJu is the next great WR and Conner and Samuels showed Bell can be replaced as well (DeAngelo Williams proved that as well a couple years ago)

    When they trade AB for a first rounder..They will draft yet another quality WR I’m sure as AB will never reach the same level of play again.

  15. What is this really about? Respect? What about the Rooney’s respecting AB enough to commit millions of dollars to him to play football? At what point will they say enough of this BS and tell AB to go away? It’s beyond ridiculous at this point. This is a job AB. Show up for work and earn the millions of dollars the Rooney’s have committed to you. Try to be a good teammate along the way and everything will work out. When your contract is up in two years, go sign where you want to. I guess this might be too much to ask of people who earn millions of dollars to play a damn game. Real life doesn’t work like this.

  16. Tim Buttrum says:
    January 14, 2019 at 10:30 am
    At this point, why would any team trade for a 31 year old wide receiver conducting himself this way regardless of his talent? Bad for the locker room. I mean he seriously skipped practices the week before a crucial game that decided whether the team got into the playoffs or not.
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    They would do it because they want to win:
    104 receptions, 1297 yards, 15 touchdowns

    That kind of production is hard to ignore. Every team knows what a number 1 receiver opens up for an offense. Ask Dallas whose offense looked pedestrian early in the season what it meant for their offense to trade for Cooper and have him produce like a number 1.

    You guys always get lost in your emotions in these type of situations.

  17. I think James Connor and Jaylen Samuels and 14.5 million in cap room have proven Pittsburgh right about Bell. I think they are right about Brown too. Football is a team sport but not all players are team players.

    Go Steelers!

  18. Brown is dangerously stupid but at the end of the day, all these distractions have been on Tomlin’s watch.

  19. Too bad this implosion didn’t happen 4-5 years ago…..a player hitting their 30’s in a new system is risky especially with a long term contract.

  20. donterrelli says:
    January 14, 2019 at 10:18 am
    AB should be careful what he wished for. He could end up on a losing team for the rest of his career.

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    Good point, and if the relationship between him and the steelers gets really bad, they’ll probably make sure of it…. Bad teams usually have the best draft equity to trade with… Then he’ll really be miserable.

  21. Brown is trying to shoot his way out of town. After his guaranteed money, which he already has, his contract calls for only 12.5/yr(ave) over the next 3 yrs. A bargain for a player of Brown’s abilities. If they they release him, he’ll make much more on the open mkt. Won’t happen. They won’t trade him either. They’re not gonna eat 21 mil in dead money for a player they don’t have. The only viable solution is to let things cool down and have a sit down before the offseason program starts. Then they can watch while KC signs LBell.

  22. I could see the Eagles making run for him. A.Brown backs up his talk with performance. Big Ben has gotten by on a great Running game and the occasional big play to his taleneted WR’s. The sooner Big Ben retires and Tomlin is sent packing, the Steelers will get back to normal non- drama winning.

  23. I hope Joe Banner is right that the Steelers could get a great return on A.B., maybe 2 No. 1s.

    Conner, second year guy, and a rookie Samuels who stepped in when he was hurt, had 1,900 total yards rushing and passing…..almost exactly Bell’s numbers in 2017. The rookie Washington finished strong and with Juju and at least one WR drafted they could make up for A.B., without the headaches.

  24. It’s been pretty well proven in the NFL that if a player is good enough, it “almost” doesn’t matter how they act on the field, there is virtually always a team out there that will take them. AB no doubt has talent, so let him go if that’s what he wants and move on. As a lifelong Steeler fan and former season ticker holder, I’m saddened by the downturn in this team’s status. The lack of discipline and readiness to play is the worst I have ever seen it. I’m not going to place blame, but somebody in the head office needs to get it back under control regardless of what needs done.

  25. Cut the 3rd grade talk, find some better defensive players and get back to playing football next year. Tomlin your the coach, now step up. Were tired of hearing about the soap operas in the locker room.

  26. An idea that will get lots of thumbs down but…. The Packers, if there is cap room, who are desperate at the skill positions (except for Devante Adams) around Aaron Rodgers, who ain’t getting any younger, should get both Brown and LeVeon Bell.

  27. This is interesting, it sounds like Antonio Brown has dirt on somebody, Rooney, Roethlisberger maybe? Wish I knew what he’s talking about, uh o. I’m guessing as long as his demands are met he won’t talk, blackmail it seems. Sounds pretty sketchy though Antonio, not really the stuff you wanna get into, Rooney has enough money to make an “accident” happen to you.

  28. Of course he does. When was the last time you ever knew a self-centered idiot who knew better? Never.

  29. Fans better get your life jackets. Brown is going to sink this team and the delicious tears from the towel waving crazies are just going to make it easier.

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