Antonio Brown has sent a message to Steelers fans as his time in Pittsburgh looks set to come to an end this offseason through a possible trade.
Brown’s 2018 season with the Steelers was brought to an end in controversial fashion, as he didn’t play in the team’s pivotal game in Week 17 that could have seen them book a spot in the playoffs.
Instead, the wide receiver was left out the team after he skipped multiple meetings and practices before and after the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Some reports have said that Brown was upset with the team awarding their MVP award to fellow receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, while others have stated he got frustrated with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during a walkthrough.
Due to a breakdown in his relationship with his team, it now looks like the 30-year-old will be traded away by the Steelers before the start of the 2019 season.
Brown was showered with chants of “MVP! MVP!” as he was helped off the field due to an injury during Pittsburgh’s Week 15 matchup against the New England Patriots in the 2017 season.
This weekend, he posted a video of that very moment on his Twitter account with a message to Steelers fans.
He said: “One thing I understand about this fan base and that I’ll never forget and always appreciate is your passion. Know that it’s all love this way and I am forever thankful for #steelernation ! 🙏🏾”
Brown concluded his message by saying: “This is not a goodbye, just a thank u.”
It’s still unclear if Brown will still be with the Steelers come the 2019 season later this year, but all signs for him at the moment are pointing towards the door.
Earlier this week, via Steelers.com’s Bob Labriola, Steelers’ president Art Rooney II told reporters that he still wants to speak to Brown to try to understand what happened.
He said: “I have not had any contact with him, no, and that part is disappointing as well. I would have liked to have had the opportunity to talk to him and understand where he is. Maybe that will happen at some point, who knows?”
In what could be his final year at the Steelers, Brown finished the 2018 season with 104 catches for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns, his sixth consecutive 100-catch season, which is an NFL record.