Antonio Brown wants out of Pittsburgh, according to “mentor” Terrell Owens

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Fourteen years after Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens engaged in a protracted standoff with the Philadelphia Eagles, another star receiver inches toward a showdown with the NFL franchise on the other side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

And it’s becoming increasingly clear that, like T.O. in 2005, Antonio Brown wants to play for a new team.

Appearing on Friday’s #PFTPM podcast, Owens explained that he has spoken to Brown, and that Owens has been advising Brown regarding his situation. The content and context of Owens’ remarks indicate that Brown is ready to move on.

“I’ve talked with Antonio Bown throughout the course of year,” Owens said on Friday’s #PFTPM podcast. “And I’ve kind of known some of what has been going on. He’s leaned on me for advice, as somewhat of a mentor, so to speak. . . . I think with him, I think it’s a fresh start to go elsewhere and part ways with the organization and with some of the things than he and Ben have been confronted with.”

Brown’s wishes has been lost in the focus on the team’s wishes, which currently aren’t clear. From the player’s perspective, it’s clear. He’s ready for a change of scenery.

“Absolutely,” Owens said regarding whether he’s gotten the impression that Brown wants out of Pittsburgh. “He wants to move on. . . . I don’t like how Ben [Roethlisberger] has kind of thrown him under the bus in certain instances. . . . I think Ben owes him a lot more respect than he has given him. . . . I mean even from the standpoint of him saying he didn’t know anything about a blowup [at practice prior to Week 17] when he was part of the blowup.”

So where will Brown go?

“I talked to him on a couple of occasions, and I’m not hear to air anybody’s messages or . . . conversations, but he’s asked me how the Bay Area was on several occasions,” Owens said.

Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice previously has said that Brown wants to play for the 49ers. Owens seems to have confirmed it. With one key addition.

“You throw me in the mix somewhere down the road, hey, it could be a recipe for disaster,” Owens said.

120 responses to “Antonio Brown wants out of Pittsburgh, according to “mentor” Terrell Owens

  1. Well if you look at Browns social media, he photoshopped a picture of him in a Niners uniform talking to Jerry Rice. If that’s not an indication he wants out, idk what is.

  2. I guess T.O. Has also been mentoring brown in the fact those clowns have 0 rings compared to gronk and edelman.

  3. He literally posted a photoshopped picture of himself wearing a 49ers jersey with Jerry Rice’s quote on his Instagram. There is no mystery about what team he prefers.

  4. Haha! You’re labeled as a trouble-making diva who is lazy and divisive to the team – but extremely talented. Of COURSE you’d be buddies with T.O.

  5. Lol…where does one whiner go for advice? To a HOF whiner, of course. Great players, both, but not so great in the “good teammate” department.

  6. Owens starts problems everywhere and with anyone he gets involved with but wonders why no one wants him around

  7. Nobody is going to give up a first round pick for a Divo like brown. Because they would also have to resign him and prepare for a holdout in 3years. Deal with the antics. Idk. He’s at the end of his prime too.

  8. Well at least Tomlin is staying so everything should be fine next year, right???

  9. Wow he is a true leader! More of a sore loser. Both think about themselves more than the team. Both deserve each other hoping karma catches up to them!

  10. If T.O is his mentor, like I’ve already posted, I want him out of Pittsburgh, don’t let him poison some of the new youthful stars like Smith/Schuster, Connor, Watt, are trying to build. Brown sees the writing on the wall, the new team coming up isn’t cool with his antics.

  11. Unfortunately, Brown doesn’t want to play in Pittsburgh anymore. It’s obvious. Teammates at the Pro Bowl are sending him love notes to try and get him to be reasonable. Yet he refuses to contact anybody in the organization and tweets him in another teams uniform. While tremendously talented, his childish actions have allegedly caused many problems over the years. Don’t blame Ben if he is tired if it and wants to win another Super Bowl before he retires. This is all on Brown.

  12. There’s no question AB wants out, that much is obvious.

    As far as T.O. There’s no one that can tell me that even at his age, he STILL couldn’t be productive. I haven’t agreed with all of his antics and demonstrations, but physically the man is of another world. I know I know, Father Time catches up to us all, but he’s in a different class. You can’t tell me he can’t catch 50 or 60 balls for around 800 or so yds and 5 scores. It’ll never happen as no team will give him a chance, but I truly believe if anyone could do it, it’s him.

  13. Can’t wait to read about Art Rooney || saying “ nah, brown was kidding, everything is good here”

  14. This idiot has no more guaranteed money and he needs it bad, that’s what’s going on.

  15. Ok honestly now,who ever thought mentor and Terrell Owens would ever be used in the same sentence?

  16. Part of me wants to enjoy the discomfort this will cause the Steelers and their fans, but the fan base is so loyal they don’t deserve this. First the Bell debacle and now this. Shame on Brown for doing this after he got his 17 mil a year

  17. Pittsburgh should just keep him. Then start fining him for everything and suspending him for games trying to get as much of the $21 million back as possible. It would be stupid to waste a 1st or 2nd round pick on 30 year malcontent. Have him cover kicks and block for runs.

  18. As a Steelers fan, I do have to say, for a team that didn’t make the playoff and isn’t going to the Superbowl, we are sure making too much news. It is embarrassing for all these idiotic drama.

    If Brown wants out, then a trade will happen but in the main time, it sure would be nice if all parties involved just shut up and stop talking to the media everyday about this self made drama.

  19. Terrell declared himself AB mentor after talking to him a couple of times in the last year.

    The source is everything.

  20. It confuses me why Brown thinks he has any choice on where he goes. He is under contract. The Steelers could trade him to any team they choose.

  21. Brown’s antics are a direct result of Trippin’ Tomlin letting him get away with acting like a child. Tons of talent but zero common sense and maturity. Wherever he ends up chances are he won’t be changing so buyer beware

  22. I get that he wants out. But he’s sure not making himself attractive to other teams. The amazing production, yes, but the risk with a high dollar contract and a difficult personality.

  23. Of course the Steelers can’t just trade or release Brown…his cap hits the next 2 years are $22 million and $18 million…that’s almost starting QB money!!!

    The fact that the Steelers were even stupid enough to give a WR that kinda money…shows they’re aren’t the top class organization they used to be…

    There’s zero chance Antonio Brown plays for any team but Pittsburg next year…because it’s not possible money wise for him to play for anyone else…teams can’t afford 2 QB type salaries on the roster and still make the playoffs…Steelers are case in point!!! The only reason the Steelers made the playoffs 2 years ago is because Brown’s cap hit was manageable…and now it’s not!

  24. whooligun says:
    January 25, 2019 at 3:16 pm
    Send him to the XFL. Good riddance.

    That’s actually not a bad idea, but not for the reason you think. Depending on how much money will be paid to players from the start he’d come into the league as obviously the biggest name and more than likely be the highest paid player, and you just know Divas love having their egos padded by getting a big paycheck. He gets his money and the XFL gets some measure of recognition, it’s a win win.

  25. Lol. These 2 divas deserve each other. Hope they eventually throw each other “under the bus” it is inevitable.

  26. Pittsburgh’s not going to give him away or release him so he’d better stop acting like an problem child so someone’s willing to trade something of value for him. Unlike Bell, Pittsburgh could keep him for the remainder of his prime years.

  27. He’s gone all in before anyone else has even had a chance to bet.
    So now he has no leverage. He is under contract for 3 years and the team does not have to trade him. The can try and likely will, but if there is little return they should draft a WR and let Antonio know that any and all infractions, such as acting out, being late at meeting, missing practice will result in a one game suspension without pay. AB wants to get his stats and he wants to get paid. You take those two things away from him, he’ll lose it. With the drafted WR they have insurance should he decide not to follow the rules and in the end, the recoup the money they were going to pay him through his suspensions.

  28. What on EARTH would ANYONE look to T.O. For guidance or mentor ship when it comes to anything more than work ethics…..even then I believe it’s like playing Russian Roulette, only with a loaded gun!!!

  29. gonakgod says:
    January 25, 2019 at 3:19 pm
    Why would anyone take on Terrell Owens as a mentor, let alone an NFL wide receiver

    Because it’s his choice and his life. Some people may disagree with some of the choices you made. It’s really irritating when people think they should define who we should look up to. To me Colin Kaepernick is a hero who literally put his money where his mouth is. To you he may mean something different.

  30. Maybe a team also looking to dump a headache. Trade a problem for a problem. That’s what we are looking at here. If he had stayed healthy….maybe Earl Thomas & change for AB?

  31. Not sure how this is TomLin fault, the guy has to for a mentor. Management should have nipped that in the bud via increased incentives or quietly paying to to go away

  32. It won’t likely happen – Pittsburgh will have to take a $21m dead money to let him go before Mar 17, and 23.6M between March 17 and June 1. After June 1, they’d have dead money of 9.5m in 2019 and 14m in 2020. While they wouldn’t have to pay his salary and would save some money – these numbers are very large for someone not on the team. SF (or any team) would have to give one heck of an offer for Pittsburgh to take the dead money hit(s) and lose a very talented player (despite the drama). To to tune of #2 overall this year, a first rounder next year and likely either a top player or additional picks.

  33. I see a washed up celebrity who wants attention & a guy who will be one in ten years.

  34. but he’s asked me how the Bay Area was on several occasions

    Just look at footage of the parades they have there. If you dare.

  35. “mentor” before Terrell Owens’ name has to be a typo. Mental (imbalanced) must be the word. Too bad Antonio did not get Terrell to join him on the Masked Singer. After all, during their careers, they always sung the loudest about themselves

  36. omeimontis says:
    No team in the NFL wants a Terrell Owens clone.

    Especially a Terrell Owens clone who is actually being mentored by Terrell Owens. It’s a double-whammy.

  37. Considering TO blew up against McNabb and the Eagles, in Pittsburgh in 2004, and did the same against Romo and the Cowboys in 2008, I can see why Owens doesn’t like the Steelers.

  38. Imagine being garrapholo with these two guys running routes. OMG. Not enough balls. And. OMG he better deliver them … They would eat him alive. Even a seasoned vet with a lot of talent and a long relationship with AB, gets exasperated. And Ben throws a lot. And Ben puts them on where aB has a shot. Not a lotta QBs can do it. And Terrel. The worst of the worst when it comes to that. Wow. Quite a picture

    Honestly though … I see way more signs Antonio is going to be a steeler. He has stayed quite. It made things worse. And you know there are a million reporters calling him .. egging him on … To say something controversial. He has held his own.

  39. No matter where he wants to play, now might be a good time for Brown to issue a statement saying no one (but his agent) is authorized to speak on his behalf. With friends (mentors) like this …

  40. dougchillin says:
    January 25, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    It confuses me why Brown thinks he has any choice on where he goes. He is under contract. The Steelers could trade him to any team they choose.
    Does he have a no trade clause in his contract? The Steelers are probably dumb enough to have given him one, and if they did he can control the outcome.

  41. They should keep him and Franchise Bell again. There are simply not enough distractions on the team.

  42. I guess next step is for Brown to boycott his HoF induction. Oh wait. No C’ship rings. Nevermind.

  43. Brown has no say in where he goes. The Steelers will not play the NFC South again for 3 years and at 5hatbtime Brown will be 34. Carolina would be a good destination. If the miners want him it will have to be for their top pick this year.

  44. Yeah but does San Fran really want you, they. Like the idea of you AB, every team does.But, no one wants your attitude/baggage in their locker room. As talented as you are, you represent a “bad culture”, no semblance of Team, Mister Me ! Take your skills North to the CFL, the further the better! Saskatchewan perhaps.

  45. I love all of the people talking about where he wants to go as if he has any choice at all. He has no choice and if I were the Steelers I’d take whatever the best offer is for him outside of the division and call it a day. I would purposefully not trade him to SF just because he wants to go there, why make him happy?

  46. Brown is done, just like Le’Veon Bell is done. The Steelers are saps for trying to stick with either one of them, and Mike Tomlin shoulders much of the blame. This team might have been real Super Bowl contenders if they hadn’t been so insanely dysfunctional for the last 3-4 years. You can almost trace it back to Dick LeBeau’s resignation after the 2014 season, but the stink was in the water even before then. It’s amazing — dumbfounding actually — that Tomlin still has a job. What a sh*tshow.

  47. If AB is using people who was a selfish cancer in the locker room and on the field it will lower the desirability ofhaving that type of presence on the Steelers. Owens was always looking to be a Sunday night/Monday morning highlight often to the detriment of his team. He definitely didn’t engender a “team” atmosphere that was focused on winning Super Bowls no matter who got the credit. Not the attire are looking for at the Steelers.

  48. Steelers are brilliant at drafting toxic players. You got Brown who doesn’t want to play with Ben. Ben bad mouths everyone on the media and blames them for every loss, Bell doesn’t even want to play. Nice work everybody!

  49. All this drama yet the Steelers consistently win the division every year. They’ve won 2 out of the last 3(and was only 1/2 game out from winning the division 3 years in a row. Once the dramas gone, the Steelers will be back on top the division competing for another championship. Nothing can stop that.

  50. He does not care about a superbowl or winning seasons. Business is boomin if he is getting the ball and scoring touchdowns and as long as he is allowed liberties to show up late to practice and not stay in the dorm rooms during training camp and be coddled like he was in Pittsburgh then it will be in his best interest to be in CA. The grass however is not always greener. Only time will tell. He has given us great joy and memories and I wish him the best. Let’s move on and win another superbowl without him.

  51. its best for both sides if he goes. steelers got to get this poison out of their system. think buffalo would be an excellent place of destination.

  52. Why would anyone that is a serious NFL football player want Owens as a mentor? Nothing good is coming from that.

  53. In fairness to Brown, he hasn’t called T.O. a mentor.

    T.O. called himself a mentor. (Which is very T.O. of him)

    BUT, it would certainly explain Browns actions if it is true.

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