In the wake of the Antonio Brown trade that sent the Pro Bowl wideout to Oakland for mid-round draft picks, a sizable chunk of fans are laughing at the Pittsburgh Steelers, or simply angry with them. As for the players themselves, they seem to have taken the move in stride.
According to ESPN NFL writer Jeremy Fowler, the general response in the Steelers locker room has been to send their former teammate well-wishes. Fowler also noted one player who seemed glad that Brown made the decision that was best for himself.
Talking to a few Steelers, mostly well-wishes for AB, saying they love him as person and can separate business. One player categorized Steelers’ plight: ‘Making the move gives player control, but keeping him would make you feel like you made wrong choice when/if things go south’
Talking to a few Steelers, mostly well-wishes for AB, saying they love him as person and can separate business. One player categorized Steelers' plight: 'Making the move gives player control, but keeping him would make you feel like you made wrong choice when/if things go south'
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 10, 2019
Brown had a highly-publicized falling-out with the Steelers brass, particularly head coach Mike Tomlin and the ownership. He was benched for the final game of the regular season and made it clear after the season was over that he wanted out.
Despite attempts to appease Brown, he persisted with his trade demand, culminating in the trade with Oakland this weekend.
The Steelers are set to receive a third- and fifth-round pick from the Raiders in exchange for the seven-time Pro Bowl wideout.
Unfortunately for the Steelers, they are still going to have to eat a massive salary cap hit as a result of the Antonio Brown trade. They’ll also have to find some way to replace his historic production.
Last year, Brown led the NFL in receiving touchdowns with a career-high 15 of them.
He has recorded over 100 receptions and 1,200 yards in each of the last six seasons.