Antonio Brown on Trade: Art Rooney II 'Agreed That It Is Time to Move On'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2019

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 09:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on as he walks onto the field against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of their NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 9, 2018 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown tweeted Tuesday that he and Steelers owner Art Rooney II "agreed that it is time to move on."

Brown tweeted a photo of himself and Rooney after they met to discuss Brown's future with the organization:

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brown and Rooney were joined by Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and executive Omar Khan, as well as Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Schefter noted that the meeting was cordial and added that a source said, "Everyone agreed the trade will be for the best."

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Steelers agreed to work on a trade but did not give Brown and his agent permission to speak with other teams.

Brown has been the subject of trade rumors ever since the 2018 season ended in turmoil for the Steelers.

The seven-time Pro Bowler was not active for Pittsburgh's must-win game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17 after reportedly getting into an argument with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in practice. Brown did not practice for the rest of the week, and he did not play in the game.

After the season, Rooney told Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that it would be "hard to envision" Brown remaining with the Steelers in 2019.

Since then, Brown has been open about his desire for a trade. Last week, Brown tweeted the following about wanting a fresh start elsewhere:

The 30-year-old Brown has been one of the NFL's most dominant and productive players throughout his career, and has four First Team All-Pro nods to show for it.

Brown has also caught at least 100 passes for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns in each of the past six seasons. Overall, Brown has 837 receptions for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns as an NFL wideout.

He made 104 grabs for 1,297 yards and an NFL-leading 15 touchdowns last season, but he ranked second on the team in both catches and receiving yardage to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

While the Steelers have some promising, young players ready to take on even bigger roles on offense, such as Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner, potentially losing both Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell in the same offseason could be a huge blow to one of the most successful NFL franchises of the past 15 years.

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