The relationship between the Pittsburgh Steelers and star wide receiver Antonio Brown appears to be coming to an end. Brown took to Twitter thanking Steelers fans for the past nine years before essentially demanding a trade in a public forum.
Trade rumors involving Brown have been swirling since the end of the regular season when Brown was reportedly involved in a confrontation with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Brown was benched as a result of those actions in the team's final game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Following Brown's post on Twitter calling for a trade, Steelers insider Jeremy Fowler revealed what the team is looking for in a potential trade.
According to Fowler, the team hopes to land a first-round pick, but other GM's aren't lining up to offer a first-round pick for a player with off-field issues.
Here's what Fowler suggested the team could get in return for Brown:
This answer will crystallize at the NFL scouting combine later this month, but two high-ranking NFL execs say, if trading Brown, they would probably give up a Day 2 pick (second or third round) for his services. One said that could fall to a fourth-round pick, depending on what's discovered in the process.
Fowler's report suggests the Steelers won't receive what they want for the star receiver. The team has to hope a bidding war ensues once the new league year kicks kicks off in mid-March.