Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown reportedly left hip-hop mogul Jay-Z's Roc Nation with plans to return to Rosenhaus Sports for representation, according to a tweet from Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports:
From me + @RossJonesFOX: Steelers WR Antonio Brown has left Roc Nation, plans to re-hire Rosenhaus Sports for representation, sources say.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 11, 2014
The news certainly comes as a bit of a surprise. After all, some talented athletes have left previous representation to join Roc Nation, but Brown is the first to depart from the company's sports management division.
It was a short tenure with Roc Nation for Brown, as he only signed with the conglomerate back in May, and a reason for his departure is still unknown.
Of course, that will lead to speculation.
Heading back to Drew Rosenhaus and Co. could have to do with Brown's familiarity with the company. This is the same representation that negotiated the wide receiver's current five-year, $41.9 million contract with the Steelers.
Brown had a monster season last year, racking up 110 receptions for 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns—all career highs—with Pittsburgh. His peers in the NFL voted him the league's 23rd-best player heading into the 2014 season:
He's also due a big pay raise in 2015.
According to Spotrac.com, Brown will make a base salary of $730,000 this year with the Steelers, but that is slated to increase to $6 million in 2015 and $8.3 million in 2016. Perhaps the receiver had more faith in Rosenhaus when it comes down to his financial future after all.
In addition, according to the Steelers' official Twitter account, Brown's 26th birthday was Thursday:
Given that it was announced he would be leaving Roc Nation one day later, maybe Jay-Z forgot to give him a birthday call.
All kidding aside, it's unclear whether the split was on good terms. Currently, there is no mention of Brown on Roc Nation's website, and the wide receiver has remained silent on the matter.
Due to rules established by the NFL Players Association, Brown must wait five business days before he can officially hire Rosenhaus.
We may never know the cause of this move for the Steelers wide receiver, but for now, it appears as though the grass certainly wasn't greener on the other side.