Antonio Brown’s Behavior Has Lowered His Value to Many Teams

Pittsburgh Steelers’ president Art Rooney met with his star wide-receiver, Antonio Brown, last week to discuss his future with the club. Both sides agreed it would be best for Brown to continue his career elsewhere.

The Steelers are hoping to be selective when finding a trade destination for their embattled, seven-time Pro Bowler, according to GM Kevin Colbert. The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and all rival teams from the AFC North have already been mostly ruled out with teams in the NFC the preferred landing place.
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That is unless the Patriots and other AFC North teams offer the best deal.

Why would a perpetual Super Bowl contending team trade a four-time All-Pro who caught 104 passes for just under 1,300 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns last season? There are a variety of factors.

Brown failed to show up for a work day during week 17 this past season and was, consequently, suspended for the Steelers’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Supposedly, Browns’ no show was a result of a spat with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The altercation was so bad that Brown was said to have chucked a football at Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback.
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Shortly after the season, Brown went to social media to share his desire to be traded.

There have been other issues with Brown since entering the league as a sixth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Central Michigan.

After a divisional-round victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in January 2017, Brown caused a stir when he took to Facebook Live to broadcast the team’s locker room celebration. This included head coach Mike Tomlin putting down their AFC championship opponent, the New England Patriots.

What happens or is said in a locker room should stay in the locker room. The last thing anyone wants to do is give Bill Belichick any bulletin board material to motivate his Patriots.

Posting locker room celebrations is a violation of NFL rules and led to Brown being fined by the Steelers.

A few weeks after last season ended, Brown was accused of a domestic disturbance on January 18, 2019, by a mother of one of his five children. Brown has not been arrested, but he allegedly pushed the woman to the ground while attempting to shut his door.

Any team trading for Brown will face the possibility of not having him for the full season as the NFL investigates the situation.

This brings about the following question: What is Brown’s worth in the trade market?

Looking at Brown’s stats since he entered the league, one would think receiving a first-round pick in return would be a foregone conclusion. I mean Brown has amassed 837 receptions in his career for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns during the regular season all of which are tops in the league over that span.

At last season’s trade deadline, the Dallas Cowboys traded a 2019 first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Amari Cooper who had seen a decrease in his production over the last one and a half seasons. However, Cooper is only 24 and has made the Pro Bowl three of his four seasons in the league including 2018 where he led the Cowboys to the playoffs.

Brown, on the other hand, is on the wrong side of 30 and turns 31 this July. Many believe the Steelers are asinine to think they could nab a first-round pick for their embattled star. Many receivers tend to start declining in their thirties.

Yet, Brown still remains an elite receiver being the only receiver ever to achieve six seasons of 100 or more catches. And Brown does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Despite Brown’s diva-like personality, I believe a team on the cusp of making the playoffs or contending for a Super Bowl should offer a number one for Brown. Catching passes from Jimmy Garropolo in San Francisco or Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay could instantly elevate both teams to playoff teams in 2019.

However, it seems most likely the Steelers will get an early second-round pick for Brown. Teams will be scared off by his potential to destroy team chemistry if he is unhappy with anything as well as the possibility of a suspension from the NFL stemming from the domestic disturbance last month.

And that’s as I see it!

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Photo credits: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (feature picture), Sporting News (Brown and Roethlisberger in article)

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