Antonio Brown scaring teams away with his tweets

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Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown held a question-and-answer session with his Twitter followers over the weekend, and it provided us with some good offseason material. But it wasn’t the kind of thing NFL coaches and front office people like to see.

In fact, Peter King writes in Football Morning in America that he’s heard from one team that was a potential Brown suitor that has become reluctant to trade for him because of his tweets. King thinks other teams feel the same way.

That might be Brown’s aim: He might want to damage his own trade value in an attempt to get the Steelers to release him, rather than trade him. If he gets traded, he’s stuck with the team that trades for him. If he’s released, he can negotiate a new contract with the team of his choosing.

No one denies Brown’s talent, but the combination of his off-field behavior, his issues in the locker room, and his enormous contract may make him tough to trade. A lot of teams just aren’t going to be interested, even if the price is a seventh-round pick.

47 responses to “Antonio Brown scaring teams away with his tweets

  1. In his mind driving down his value will further screw Steelers. He make it so bad they will havento trade him for whatever they can get or release him outright. If this works the precedent has been set for others to be just as bad, i wonder if he is taking cues from Owens?! This could lead to a very long lockout as owners will almost assuredly want protections against this in future CBAs.

  2. Most of these guys are not smart enough to realize they hurt themselves with the crap they put on social media. Le’Veon and AB are perfect examples. It’s a good thing they can play football. I mean really, what else would they be doing if not?

  3. He gave a like to a tweet of him in a Packers uniform. Seems he is open to a trade to Green Bay.

    I don’t see Green Bay trading much for a going on 31 WR. I’d do a fourth round pick for him, no more. Pitt will never get the 1st round pick they are looking for. If they do, it won’t be from Green Bay.

  4. If he thinks, by acting like a fool, that the Steelers will just release him, it’s further proof that he’s off his rocker. If anyone can decipher that tweet he sent out about meeting with Mr. Rooney, please let me know. I hope Mr Rooney reads him the riot act. AB is talking like he’s a free agent, guess he doesn’t realize he has very little control over the situation. Sure, he could sit out, and TRY to make problems, but, in reality, he would only be cutting his nose off to spite his face.

  5. the steelers will always be able to get a conditional lower round pick from some struggling team. he has tried to sabotage his value but they still can control his destination.

    the last resort would be for the team to tell AB that they’ll release him if he repays the prorated unearned bonus amount so they get salary cap relief this year instead of taking the 21 million dollar hit.

  6. AB is an illogical clown. If he’s really trying to get released vs traded then what good team would want this cancer in their lockeroom? This guy is taking advice from TO and Ochocinco and it’s going to backfire on AB just like it did those two clowns.

  7. The Steelers clearly have a Culture Problem and Mike Tomlin is clearly a huge part of the problem, despite his Chest Puffing and Tough Talk.

    Brown is a spoiled me first guy, he is extremely talented and a great player, but still a me-first guy and he has responsibility here, but Tomlin’s job is to maintain a positive Culture.

    He is enabling bad behavior.

  8. 667s650w says:
    February 18, 2019 at 9:37 am
    AB is an illogical clown. If he’s really trying to get released vs traded then what good team would want this cancer in their lockeroom? This guy is taking advice from TO and Ochocinco and it’s going to backfire on AB just like it did those two clowns.
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    Ocho Cinco may have been a bit of a clown, but nothing backfired on him other than getting old. I don’t think I have ever read anything about him causing lock room problems or being a bad teammate.

  9. If I were the Steelers why would I get rid of Antonio Brown?

    Release him? Why? Wait for him to act in a way detrimental to the club and suspend him without pay. If you lose you have to pay him, if you win, he doesn’t get paid those game(s), and he might have to pay back some of his signing bonus.

    As for a trade, the Steelers would take a big cap hit so why trade him?
    Let him sit. Or let him play. If he doesn’t try then suspend him.

    There is no reason for the Steelers to do him a favor and let him go where he wants, at the teams expense. This sets a bad precedent.
    Its better to hold onto him, and it deters future players from acting like that.

  10. Brown has a $2.5 million roster bonus due in 4 weeks that the Steelers will likely need to eat. After that he is owed a little more the $12 million a year for three years with no additional guarantees.

    Tagging a WR will cost you $16 million this year.

    With that contract every team would take Brown for a 7th round pick. if they don’t like what they see they can cut him or trade him again.

  11. “No one denies Brown’s talent, but the combination of his off-field behavior, his issues in the locker room, and his enormous contract may make him tough to trade.”
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    Let’s try this…..No one denies Kaepernick’s talent, but the combination of his off-field behavior, his issues in the locker room, and his enormous contract demands may make him tough to sign.

    Is that ok? Or is that collusion?

  12. For every crazy tweet/instagram post AB makes, he gets 10k more people to follow him.

    AB is being paid as a football player, gets endorsements, and does silly shows like the Masked Singer.

    The other way AB makes money is clothing, although his CUEUPU line is pretty much not making anything.

    The final way he makes money is as an influencer. They make money for how many people follow them, they get follows any way possible. AB is getting a bunch of people that like him and hate him following him with his crazy tweets, and he’s taking all of that to the bank.

    If he also gets to pick where he plays next season in the process, that’s just a bonus.

  13. I said the exact same thing about Dez Bryant last year. Both of these guys show an extreme lack of emotional stability and the ability to own their lot in life. It’s always somebody else’s fault with guys like this, and breaking the bank to sign the best receiver in football has never won a team the superbowl. Ever.

  14. “and his enormous contract may make him tough to trade”

    Enormous contract? His salary, which is what any acquiring team would take on, would be fifth amongst WRs this year, and next year, he’d be 10th. If anything, his contract makes him a steal for an acquiring team.

    Any difficulty in the contract belongs to the Steelers. They absorb the a pretty big cap hit this year if they trade him.

  15. Terrell Owens didn’t show up to his hall o fame inducting, Antonio brown is trying to screw over his team, and Colin Kaepernick won his collusion case yet he was the one that voided his contract. Idk about you folks but these guys are getting paid way too much money. You think if I sue amazon, Walmart, Microsoft, etc, that they would still give me an opportunity to represent them? Or if I worked for one of those companies and demanded I get paid more money or sent to another location that I would get my wish by badmouthing my employer? I love football with all my heart, my 4 year old daughter loves the game as well and it’s something we share together, but some of the guys that represent this league judge no standards whatsoever to what class, integrity, respect, etc are. It’s a darn shame

  16. I don’t think he is going anywhere.
    The Steelers could do the same thing to him the Raiders did to Marcus Allen.
    Bury him in the depth chart for a year. Then if he self destructs get back some money then see what happens.

    The difference here is that Marcus Allen had/has more class the Mr. Brown

  17. “He might want to damage his own trade value in an attempt to get the Steelers to release him”

    I think most teams can figure out the act he’s putting on and so can the Steelers. I doubt the Steelers will fall for it.

  18. He doesn’t care, he gets paid regardless, so if the Steelers can’t find a trade partner, they can’t either keep him or release him and pay him the remainder of guaranteed money, take the cap hit and he will get a contract and additional money from a new team anyways, all 31 other teams won’t let arguably the best wr in the league sit out.

  19. Even now, Tomlin remains silent, he should be slam dunking AB, defend your team’ s honor and culture, Coach! Grow some ! AB is acting like a junior high punk! God sure works in funny ways, all this talent in this guy but absolutely no ability to do/say the right thing! Why would any team want to take on this nightmare? AB s risk/ reward value is heavily weighted towards risk.

  20. AB turns 31 before the season starts. He’s not exceptionally big. He’s not exceptionally fast, and he is not a precise route runner. He plays best when plays are extended and he improvises which means he needs to play with a QB like Big Ben or Aaron Rogers or maybe someone like Cam Newton. He would not be a good fit for a team like the Patriots or Rams, etc where there are precise quick throws.

    He’s a drama clown and unless he ends up on the right offense he’s not going to come close to putting up the numbers he has over the last 8+ seasons.

    At this point though I don’t see how the Steelers can keep him, he’s past the point of no return. Tale what you can and don’t trade him to a division rival.

  21. First of all, what a tool. He just doesn’t get it but who is surprised since he now has T.O. has his “mentor”. That says a lot right there. Whoever has him as a mentor is clearly not very bright. I’d love it if the Steelers found some way to stick it to him. If they can’t trade for him, just keep him on your roster but make him inactive the entire year then watch him implode. The only bad thing is it would use a roster spot but it’s possible they might still be able to trade him to someone for a ham sandwich.

    Here’s another thing. I think If he’s released, he can negotiate a new contract with the team of his choosing. is incorrect. If he’s released he has to clear waivers before he’s free to sign with whoever he wants. It would be funny if one of the bottom-feeder teams were to sign him. Imagine the temper tantrums when said team is 4-12.

    If he manages to clear waivers don’t be surprised if he wants an even bigger contract that he has now.

    Buyer beware on this guy.

  22. So Crates says:
    February 18, 2019 at 10:28 am
    For every crazy tweet/instagram post AB makes, he gets 10k more people to follow him.

    AB is being paid as a football player, gets endorsements, and does silly shows like the Masked Singer……………………………
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    I get what your saying, but, we are all reading his tweets, either directly or indirectly, are we buying anything? No. I would venture to say that most people would not be influenced by him to purchase anything at all. He may be getting more followers because people want to see just how low he can sink. Just like many people watch car races to see the crashes. Also, the commercials that I saw him in, in my market, were pulled or not aired after the last meltdown. Haven’t seen one since. No one has officially come out saying they have dropped him, but it’s kind of strange that they disappeared. Big names don’t want to be associated with guys making the news for all the wrong reasons. I’ll give you that he might be making SOME money on his own clothing, how much, who knows.

  23. SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 18, 2019 at 11:11 am
    Can anyone imagine this drama playing out if this were the Patriots?

    Those of us old enough to remember the late Terry Glenn probably could, yes.

  24. LMAO @ the picture of Brown using his cell phone with gloves on, TOO FUNNY!!!

    Has anyone but me ever tried to use their cell with gloves on? IT DOESN’T WORK!!!!!!!!!

  25. Another Diva Head Case who is wasting his best years messing around!! He could be more concentrated on training, and playbooks, and piling on stats……instead he sulks!! Hope the Pats stand clear of this dude.

  26. Let me clear this up for a lot of people, the cap hit the Steelers($22.1mil) would take for cutting/trading Brown this season is far bigger than the cap hit any team($15.1mil) that acquires Brown would take because the signing bonus stays with the team that signed him(Steelers), it CAN’T be passed in to Brown’s new team.

  27. Who would give up much for Brown? He’s old, he’s small, he’s expensive and he’s a diva. he’s also played his entire career with a HOF QB. He’ll disappear if he’s on a new team next year.

  28. Enormous contract? He’s due ~13 million per year over the next three. That’s cheaper than Sammy Watkins.

  29. If he is trying to destroy his trade value then that may indicate that he wants to go to a team that he knows the Steelers would never trade with—a team that maybe employs the GOAT.

  30. Nothing makes me scroll past a comment faster than seeing Tomlin’s name(usually spelled incorrectly) being dragged. Aaaannnd all you geniuses that think we’re better off without Ben, maybe you should watch even more Lifetime on Sundays

  31. Influencers don’t earn money from their followers unless they are selling or advertising products on their feed. Brown isn’t. His increasingly negative image will turn off potential endorsements the same way it seems to be turning off other teams who might have traded for him. This kind of drama may draw attention–which is why people are following him–but it’s rarely profitable.

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