Many NFL fans will now know that Antonio Brown has no desire to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers next season following his public appeal to the franchise to trade him.
As a result of this, the wide receiver feels like he’s under no obligation to keep his true feelings about some of his Steelers’ teammates to himself.
One of his teammates which he has recently sounded off about on social media is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Brown was recently asked by a fan on Twitter to explain what has caused the conflict between himself and the Steelers gunslinger, to which he started to respond in a positive way.
He said: “No conflict just a matter of respect!”
However, things quickly turned.
The wide receiver continued: “Mutual respect! He has an 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.”
It’s clear that Brown doesn’t like how Big Ben is more than willing to publicly call out his teammates, knowing that they could be out of a job if they do the same thing. The quarterback has called out his wide receiver several times in the past.
Brown also addressed what happened in Week 17, when he frustrated the organization for missing a Saturday walk-through.
He said: “After the coach tell the team I quit while nursing some bumps then invite me to watch the show with same guys thinking I quit I can not stand with that! I’m the bad guy doe we miss post season think about it.”
Despite his public trade request, Brown will meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney to discuss his standing with the team.
However, with his recent frustrations, it’s difficult to see exactly how the wide receiver could salvage his relationship with the franchise to still be a player for them entering the 2019 season.
Trading him would cost the Steelers $21.12 million in dead money, which would be offset by $22.165 million in cap savings.
He is owed a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17, which is just a couple of days after the 2019 league year begins, meaning we could see a conclusion to the situation between the Steelers and Brown by then.