This comes after Brown posted a photo of himself with team president Art Rooney II, who told reporters Thursday that it's unlikely No. 84 will be with the Steelers next season. Rooney also added that Pittsburgh isn't planning on releasing Brown, though he wouldn't rule out the possibility of trading the disgruntled wide receiver, either.
Last week, Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Brown missed team practices and meetings prior to their Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. This came after Brown got into a confrontation with quarterback and teammate Ben Roethlisberger in practice, which culminated in the Pro Bowl wideout throwing a football in the direction of his quarterback.
Brown has gotten into trouble with the Steelers before, due to his behavior and antics. It's widely expected that the organization will simply move on and trade the Pro Bowl wideout, in order to end any more drama that plagued the locker room during a disappointing 2018 season.
Brown notched his sixth straight 100-catch and 1,000-yard season, but he's signed at a hefty price over the next three years. The Steelers should be able to find plenty of interested teams, however, given Brown's success and reputation as one of the game's biggest impact players.
The Steelers also had to deal with Le'Veon Bell's drama throughout the season, as the Pro Bowl back didn't play a single game following an offseason contract dispute. Bell is set to leave via free agency, and the Steelers seem poised to trade Brown. Call it the breakup of the "Killer B's," with only Roethlisberger remainin.
What This Means
Brown has done just about everything in his power to orchestrate a trade, and he's making it an easy decision for the Pittsburgh front office. It truly does only seem like a matter of time until they trade him.