Oakland Raiders a favorite to land Antonio Brown for 2019

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That's not an official "Antonio Brown will be playing for a new National Football League team in 2019", but it's as close to that as you can get.

"Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years", he wrote.

After his deactivation in Week 17, and subsequent rumors of new drama surrounding him, Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers appear headed for a parting of ways.

Brown officially requested a trade from the Steelers on Tuesday, according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN. Time to move on and forward. "#NewDemands." Brown posted a similar message on Instagram and both posts included a montage of career highlights accompanied by the song, "Do What I Want" by rapper Lil Uzi Vert.

Brown's future with the franchise came into question during the final week of the regular season when the star wide receiver didn't show up to practice ahead of a must-win game for the Steelers. Brown has paid $426.77 in fines.

Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro selection, has reportedly been unhappy in Pittsburgh and is looking to be traded. He has since filed for custody of his daughter in the wake of the alleged incident. If he's traded before that time, Pittsburgh will absorb a dead cap hit of $21.12 million (versus $23.62 if he's dealt afterward). He has made at least 100 receptions in six consecutive seasons and owns the Steelers single-season record for catches and receiving yards (136 for 1,834 in 2015). So, whichever team trades for Brown theoretically will be getting a player with a chip on his shoulder.

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