Antonio Brown’s time as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers came to a tumultuous end over the summer after he was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a third and fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
Brown requested a trade from the Steelers following the 2018 NFL season which saw him benched for the season-finale. After the trade, Brown continued his media circus by calling out members of the Steelers on social media.
Despite finding a new home – which he asked for – the circus hasn’t ended quite yet.
As the Raiders opened OTAs this week, Antonio Brown was nowhere to be found. After practice on Tuesday, head coach Jon Gruden addressed Brown’s absence:
“He’s not here today, hopefully we’ll see him here in the next couple days. He’s been working extremely hard on learning the offense and right now we have plenty of balls to throw and receivers to throw to.”
Jon Gruden on Antonio Brown not showing up for Raiders OTAs
"He's not here today, hopefully we'll see him here in the next couple days. He's been working extremely hard on learning the offense and right now we have plenty of balls to throw and receivers to throw to." pic.twitter.com/qCR8PHHYzZ
— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) May 21, 2019
Brown is truly one of the elite talents in the game, but he can’t seem to stay out of the headlines.
He’ll have an opportunity to quiet the media crowd with stellar play on the field this season.
Oakland’s offense will look considerably different from 2018 after adding Brown, wide receiver Tyrell Williams and rookie running back Josh Jacobs.