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Antonio Brown Followed 49ers on Instagram Amid Trade Rumors

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is now following the San Francisco 49ers on Instagram, as the trade rumors centering around the Pro Bowler start to heat up.

On Monday, 49ers stars Jimmy Garoppolo, Richard Sherman and George Kittle took to Twitter and tried to recruit the 30-year-old Brown to join their team. Brown replied to Kittle's "Sup?" tweet with a star-struck emoji.

This whole saga started after Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Brown opted to sit out the team's Week 17 contest against the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown was initially ruled out from the game because of a "knee injury," but that didn't turn out to be the case.

Brown and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reportedly got into a confrontation during practice last week. The Pro Bowl wideout threw a football in his quarterback's direction, then skipped meetings and failed to return calls and messages from teammates.

Now, trade speculation is ramping up for Brown - who has landed himself in trouble with the Steelers before. On Wednesday, head coach Mike Tomlin said that Brown hasn't asked for a trade, but he did voice his displeasure over the "lack of communication" with the star wideout.

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The Steelers will have to decide if it's worth keeping Brown, given his antics and behavior that have caused a stir in the locker room. Don't forget that Pittsburgh traded another talented wide receiver in Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets in 2010, as the the coaching staff and front office had enough of the drama he caused in the organization.

Pittsburgh already had enough drama with running back Le'Veon Bell, who didn't play at all this season after a contract dispute. Now, they have to figure out what the deal is with their top wide receiver.

What This Means

The Steelers will have to sit down with Brown and figure out if he wants to be part of the team without putting himself first. If not, they'll have no choice but to trade him - and there won't be a shortage of interested teams.

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