The Pittsburgh Steelers' drama-filled start got weirder over the last few days, with Antonio Brown trade talks now stemming from a tweet, and his strange absence on Monday.
After getting outscored by the Chiefs 42-37 on Sunday, the Steelers are 0-1-1 on the season. It is not the start that anyone anticipated.
Brown's hardly been the problem. His 18 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown aren't the best two games he's ever had, but you'll take those numbers.
Still, AB drew the ire of a former Steelers' PR employee, who argues that Brown is the player he is because of Ben Roethlisberger. Brown didn't take it well.
Yesterday, Brown did not show up to work. Head coach Mike Tomlin wouldn't verify that it was an excused absence, but didn't deny it either.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus released a statement saying that Brown had a "personal matter" and absolutely does not want to be traded, but that he was just responding to the tweet.
“The tweet yesterday was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade, or wanting to be trading. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate. “Antonio had a personal matter. I talked to the team about it. His issue was unrelated to the tweet or his relationship with the team. Third, AB has an incredible drive to win. He just wants to win. That’s all that that is."
It definitely seems like an Antonio Brown trade rumors are premature, but that won't stop some people from betting on it.
If Brown does get moved, we have odds for two of the top teams to land him.
Bookmaker.eu has odds for where Antonio Brown will be following the trade deadline. The Steelers remain the heavy favorites, but the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals have the highest odds to acquire him, at +1000 each.
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There are also separate odds on whether Brown will be traded at all, or not.
Brown has been the NFL's best receiver for a few years now, and he's signed through 2021, it would be pretty crazy to trade him.