Steelers' Antonio Brown Open to Trade with 'Any' Team Showing Interest

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2019

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 30:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Wide receiver Antonio Brown is "excited" to play for "whatever teams give me an opportunity."

He said as much during an interview with ESPN, noting "any team who show interest" would be on his radar.


.@AB84 is ready for teams to start calling. https://t.co/AkzNHua1Me

Later, on Instagram Live, Brown continued his comments, adding that he wanted guaranteed money, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:

"If your squad want to win and you squad want a hungry wide receiver whose the best in the whole world, someone hit my phone. Tell them I ain't doing no unguarantees. I ain't even gonna play myself no more for this NFL...I think I done everything.

"What y'all think? What's left for me to do? Win a Super Bowl? Gotta be the right team for that, right?...If your team got guaranteed money, they want to get to know me and work with me, tell them to call me."

Brown is still on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster—as he has been for his entire NFL career since the AFC North team drafted him in the sixth round in 2010—but he used his Twitter account to essentially declare his time with the squad over:

Antonio Brown @AB84

Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward..........✌🏽 #NewDemands https://t.co/fbIoFNdqK4

Some of those teams may not be keen on pursuing Brown considering Peter King of NBC Sports reported: "I think the more Antonio Brown tweets, the more he scares off potential suitors. (That's not just something I think. In the case of one team, it's something I know.)"

On Friday, Brown tweeted, "Organizations got the fans tricked," before unleashing a string of social media posts Saturday that included criticism of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger:

Antonio Brown @AB84

No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. Players know but they can’t say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It’s a dirty game within a game. #truth https://t.co/MsSyBVd3Ny

Brown will not be a free agent until 2022, so the Steelers are under no obligation to trade him. However, it has been a tumultuous couple of months with the wide receiver, and the two sides may be primed to head in different directions.

He missed the Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals after a dispute with Roethlisberger, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Last week, Greg Pickel of Penn Live reported Brown was found guilty and paid more than $400 in fines and fees for a reckless driving charge after a November traffic stop.

According to a report by TMZ Sports, Brown was involved in a domestic dispute in January, though his attorney, Darren Heitner, called the allegations "baseless and false."

Brown is a seven-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro and one of the most consistent playmakers in the league. Every team in the league would likely love to have him in its offense, but his off-field headlines raise eyebrows.

He has been open about his desire to leave the Steelers and is apparently willing to play for any team that wants to take a chance on him.