PITTSBURGH – Antonio Brown submits his trade proposal because of his contract.
The contested recipient of Pittsburgh Steelers said on an Instagram video that he does not play without guaranteed money. Brown has told the Steelers he wants to be treated and uses social media to reinforce this desire.
"If your team wants to win out there and your team wants a hungry, broad receiver that's the best in the world, someone hit my cell phone," Brown said into his cell phone camera while working on an elliptical trainer. "Tell them I do not do any Hungarians, I will not even play for this NFL, as you have heard."
The Steelers All-Pro recipient Antonio Brown posted on Twitter questions to fans on Twitter his recent trade request and his relationship with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Brown has no real guarantees for his current deal. The five-year extension ($ 72.7 million) he signed in 2017 includes a base salary of $ 12.625 million, $ 11.3 million, and $ 12.5 million. These relatively modest figures are considered a selling point of a trade. Brown will receive a $ 2.5 million roster bonus on March 17, but the Steelers could avoid paying by trading or clearing before that date.
NFL contracts can be overhauled so that Brown can ask a new team to convert the salaried money into guarantees. – A strategy the Steelers have used twice with Brown in the past to convert future money into a signing bonus. But teams have been in power since he's under contract. Brown's only true leverage threatens to endure.
Brown turns 31 in July, and the Steelers make the recipient JuJu Smith-Schuster a central point of the offense. The team would raise $ 21.12 million in dead money by releasing or trading Brown, but offsetting its $ 22.165 million salary cap for 2019.
Brown, who as "Mr" Big Chest "remains unimpressed from now on.
" I think I've done everything. What do you think? What's left for me? "Brown said," Win a Super Bowl? Hey, must the right team be for it, right? Who wants smoke? I dammed up a lot of fuel. When this fuel turns to smoke, I hope you are in shape. I hope you & # 39; They are ready to go the distance. I'm telling you, I'm ready for 36 laps like a heavyweight, as you've heard. …
"If your team has guaranteed money, call me, AB can not afford any further guarantees, so let's clarify, I want you to be clear and understand something, it's not a game, people. This is not for the show, it's not supposed to be cool, this is just to inspire you that no one can choose your destination except you. "
Brown dropped his trading request last month, but the Steelers weigh in options and will be patient. You will expect a high range of returns for Brown. who holds an NFL record with six consecutive 100-catch seasons. Brown met Steelers President Art Rooney II on Tuesday. Brown struggled to pressurize the Steelers and thanked the fans for nine years with team and field questions. In a Q & A session on Saturday, Brown, Steelers said Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a "proprietary mentality" to call players and coaches without repercussion, and coach Mike Tomlin said the team had been injured in week 17 while Brown was injured.