Despite the appearance of a potentially contentious relationship between the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Antonio Brown, a new report suggests the Steelers have no interest in trading the All-Pro wideout.
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Report: Steelers Turning Down Trade Inquiries for Brown
Wednesday, Feb. 8
According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, multiple teams have inquired about Brown's availability, and two teams indicated that Pittsburgh rebuffed their advances.
According to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler, Tomlin called Brown's actions "foolish," "selfish" and "inconsiderate," and he said he would discipline the five-time Pro Bowler internally.
Brown later apologized and acknowledged his wrongdoing on Twitter, per ESPN.com:
I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans. It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday.
Brown also spoke with Freeman about the incident:
"The big thing I learned is that I have some growing up to do, and I'm going to do it," Brown said. "I learned a lot from it and will keep learning. I'm going to rebuild the trust with my teammates and my coaches. I promise you that, too."
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette later reported that Brown's "antics are wearing thin" on some teammates and coaches.
Despite that, Brown told Freeman, "I'm a Steeler for life."
The 28-year-old veteran is set to enter the final year of his contract in 2017, and it could take the richest wide receiver pact in NFL history to keep him in the fold.
Brown has caught at least 106 passes in four consecutive seasons, and he is coming off a campaign that saw him register 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also set a career high with 1,834 yards in 2015.
The former sixth-round pick is a game-changing talent, and although he has caused headaches in the Steel City as of late, it is difficult to envision a trade of Brown would improve the Steelers.