Disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown met with owner Art Rooney on Tuesday, and though the two sides "cleared the air," they also "agreed that it is time to move on," according to Brown's Twitter post.
Multiple reports confirm that Brown met with Rooney before agent Drew Rosenhaus and Steelers' GM Kevin Colbert and cap guru Omar Khan joined the discussion and agreed that a trade would be in the best interest of all involved parties.
But that, frankly, was the easy part.
The trickier side for the Steelers will be absorbing the $21.1 million dead cap hit accompanying the imminent trade and swallowing hard as they deal a future first ballot Hall of Famer in the prime of his career for peanuts. But through his social-media activity in recent weeks, if not quitting on his team in the final week of the 2018 season, Brown has basically left the Steelers no choice.
One of the key questions now is, how much, if at all, have Brown's antics soured other clubs looking to add the only receiver in NFL history with six straight 100-plus catch seasons? It's unlikely he'll command more than — at best — a Day-2 pick. But his most recent social-media rant, in which he implores all teams with "guaranteed dollars" to pick up the phone, seemingly indicates he's expecting some fresh paper from his next team, given there's minimal guaranteed cash remaining on the four-year, $68 million deal he signed only two years ago.
Stay tuned. PFW will have more analysis of this developing story, including the most logical landing spots for Brown and, in our free draft newsletter Wednesday, the potential ripple effects in April of what promises to be one of the higher-profile trades in recent NFL memory.