The player widely considered the best receiver in football did not show up to the team's facility on Monday, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed.
Even in a scenario where the cap issue didn't exist and Brown's relationship with the Steelers became irreparable, do you really think Pittsburgh would send him to a division rival? He declined to discuss Brown's "trade me" tweet when asked about it, saying only that he "was looking forward" to talking with Brown later Tuesday.
And now this: Team sources have told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette that Brown did not report for work Monday. "I understand all that", Tomlin said.
I'll take Brown at his word that it was a serious personal matter, but it's a coincidence this happens when people are calling him out, he's arguing with coaches on the sidelines, and the team is playing very bad football, right? There have been a couple of instances now where you've asked me about Antonio regarding some social media-like things.
That loss and that tie came after an offseason where quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called out the organization for drafting a quarterback in the third round. There is frustration associated with not playing well and not winning.
"I'm not going to openly talk about a lot of things that happen on social media", he said.
"I'm focused on real legitimate things".
Brown and Roethlisberger have connected for an NFL-record five consecutive 100-catch seasons together, and Brown now leads the National Football League with 33 targets, resulting in 18 catches for 160 yards and one touchdown. After Roethlisberger scored on a three-yard run with just south of two minutes left to play, Brown didn't celebrate with the team, instead walking off the field by himself, fueling speculation that he might be upset. "That's just how I choose to approach it". "We want to put together a good plan". I'll address that very directly with him.