Despite all the talent on Pittsburgh’s roster, the team missed the postseason for the first time since 2013. Following the Ravens' victory over the Browns, the Steelers were left searching for answers.
Although he didn’t play in the season finale for the Steelers, Antonio Brown is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Originally the belief around the NFL was that Brown missed yesterday’s game due to a knee injury. However, it turns out that the All-Pro was inactive because of his actions off the field.
According to Steelers reporter Ed Bouchette, Brown didn't play because he decided to sit out practice last week due to an unspecified dispute with a teammate.
It appears that Brown was so disgusted with what occurred that he also skipped team meetings.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
According to several sources, Brown showed up at Heinz Field expecting to play against the Bengals. That surprised several players, including one who called the situation “embarrassing” and “the worst I’ve seen.” That player said the entire situation and the way it was handled affected his desire to play in the game.
The Steelers still defeated the Bengals without Brown, as Juju Smith-Schuster and James Washington carried the receiving corps.
It's not the first time Brown has made headlines for the wrong reasons. With a tumultuous end to the 2018 season, moves might be coming for the coaching staff and the roster.
If Pittsburgh does consider moving its star wideout in this offseason, it would result in having $9.5 million in dead cap. Even if they retain him for the next few seasons, this is a disturbing development for the Steelers.
Brown has made seven trips to the Pro Bowl, and his overall numbers this year were great once again. He finished with 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns.
It'll be an interesting offseason for the Steelers, which could include possibly trading a once-in-a-generation wide receiver.