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Antonio Brown Accuses Ben Roethlisberger Of Having 'Owner Mentality'

Feb 16, 2019 9:51 PM

Antonio Brown believes Ben Roethlisberger has an "owner mentality."

Sources told ESPN in January that Brown was tired of being the scapegoat for the Steelers' problems and was privately upset that Roethlisberger called out his route-running after a Week 12 loss

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

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Cardinals Listed As Favorites To Land Antonio Brown

Feb 15, 2019 8:38 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to trade Antonio Brown this offseason and oddsmakers have noticed.

SportsBetting.AG lists the Arizona Cardinals are the favorite to land the wide receiver at +450 odds.

The remainder of the odds are as follows:

49ers +550

Dolphins +550

Packers +700

Colts +700

Raiders +900

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Antonio Brown Requests Trade From Steelers

Feb 12, 2019 1:27 PM

Antonio Brown has officially requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brown tweeted a farewell to the Steelers and their fans, saying it is "time to move on and forward."

Brown has been the subject of widespread trade speculation after he failed to show up to work the day before the season finale.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN on Jan. 25 he has spoken to the Steelers to express Brown's "position" but wouldn't divulge details.

Brown believes he has been the scapegoat for issues with the Steelers.

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Steelers Could Transition Tag Le'Veon Bell With Intent To Trade

Feb 7, 2019 1:46 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are considering using the transition tag on Le'Veon Bell this offseason.

The tag could be used with the intent to trade him to another team.

Bell would need to sign the tag in order to be traded and the team moving to acquire him would have to give up compensation rather than just signing him to an offer sheet for a multi-year deal.

The transition tag would cost $14.54 million.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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Antonio Brown Allegedly Pushed Woman To Ground

Feb 6, 2019 4:26 PM

According to a police report, Antonio Brown allegedly pushed the mother of his daughter to the ground on Jan. 17 in Hollywood, Florida.

Brown was not arrested.

The incident allegedly took place when the woman dropped off Brown's daughter at his residence and asked to be reimbursed for the child's hair appointment. 

The woman positioned herself so Brown could not close his front door and then Brown asked her to leave. Brown then used both hands to push her to the ground, according to the woman.

The woman refused to complete a victim affidavit, according to police.

Brown's lawyer, Darren Heitner, said in a statement Wednesday that "the closed police report proves that Antonio Brown did absolutely nothing wrong." 

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Antonio Brown Involved In Domestic Dispute

Feb 5, 2019 1:28 PM

Antonio Brown was involved in a domestic dispute in January but was not arrested.

A rep for the Hollywood, Florida Police Dept. tells TMZ Sports, "Mr. Brown was involved in a domestic dispute. No arrests were made."

Brown's future with the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason is uncertain.

TMZ

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JuJu Smith-Schuster: Steelers Need To Stop Being 'Kardashians'

Feb 1, 2019 8:12 AM

JuJu Smith-Schuster compared the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Kardashians during an appearance on ESPN's First Take.

"I think everyone has to stop being divas. I think we need to stop being the Kardashians and just play ball," the wide receiver said.

Smith-Schuster led the Steelers in receptions (111) and yards (1,426).

Asked which players are divas, Smith-Schuster laughed subtly and didn't discuss names.

"Being in that locker room, I've learned a lot," he added. "I know that I would never want to be a problem to any franchise."

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JuJu Smith-Schuster's Pro Bowl Injury Not Serious

Jan 29, 2019 8:19 AM

JuJu Smith-Schuster is feeling "fine" after suffering a knee injury during Sunday's Pro Bowl, according to a source.

The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver went down with a bruised knee during the second quarter of the exhibition game after getting tackled from behind.

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Antonio Brown Hasn't Closed Door On Return To Steelers

Jan 28, 2019 8:53 AM

While a trade may seem likely, Antonio Brown hasn't closed the door on a return to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers haven't yet given Brown and his agent permission to seek a trade.

Even if he's eventually dealt, a move isn't likely soon. The Steelers would carry $21.1 million of Brown's salary in dead cap if they trade him before June 1.

Nick Shook/NFL

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Steelers Open Extension Talks With Ben Roethlisberger

Jan 23, 2019 6:50 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have opened contract negotiations with Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger turns 37 in March.

“We’ve already started talking to him and his representative about extending that contract,” Art Rooney II said. “I think Ben has some good years left. I’d still say he’s close to being in the prime of his career.”

Under Roethlisberger’s current deal, he would count $23.2 million against the salary cap for 2019. 

“Now that we’re seeing quarterbacks around the league that are playing into their 40s,” Rooney said, “I’m not sure there’s any reason that Ben can’t play for several more years. We’re looking forward to that.”

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Steelers Have No Immediate Plans To Extend Mike Tomlin
The Steelers have a history of discussing contract extensions with their head coaches when they have two years left on their contract.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bruce Arians Sees Too Much 'Diva' In Antonio Brown
Bruce Arians, who was the offensive coordinator of the Steelers when Antonio Brown was a rookie, doesn't like what he's seeing in the wide receiver.

ESPN

Jerry Rice: Antonio Brown Wants To Play For 49ers 'Really Bad'
Antonio Brown had a FaceTime conversation with Jerry Rice on Sunday.

ESPN

Art II: 'Hard To Envision' Antonio Brown Staying With Steelers In 2019
Art Rooney II said salary-cap implications would not "box us into anything."

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Broncos To Decide Between Vic Fangio, Mike Munchak
The Broncos expect to make a decision within the next 24 hours.

ESPN

Peter King 'Disgusted' By Antonio Brown Story, Changes All-Pro Vote
Peter King changed his All-Pro vote from Antonio Brown to Michael Thomas.

Peter King/NBC Sports

Mike Tomlin Denies Report Of Antonio Brown Trade Request
Mike Tomlin said Antonio Brown didn't play in Week 17 because the two had a "lack of communication" in the days leading up to the game.

ESPN

Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
The Chargers and Colts rank in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

RealGM Staff Report

Ben Roethlisberger: Antonio Brown Hasn't Returned Calls, Texts
Ben Roethlisberger downplayed a reported incident with Antonio Brown.

Austin Knoblauch/NFL.com

Antonio Brown Upset With Steelers, Skipped Practices Before Week 17
Ben Roethlisberger was involved in the discussion with Antonio Brown, but this wasn't a head-to-head clash.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Le'Veon Bell Has Interest In Signing With Colts
Le'Veon Bell knows the Colts have cap space and a situation in which they could win immediately.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Cam Jordan: Ben Roethlisberger Isn't Top 5 QB This Era
Cameron Jordan took to Twitter on Thursday night to clarify that he was only doubting Ben Roethlisberger's credentials as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

James Conner Doesn't Expect To Play Week 16
James Conner has missed the past two games for the Steelers with an ankle injury.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Patriots Accuse Antonio Brown Of 'Super Dirty Move'
Stephon Gilmore, who held Antonio Brown to just two catches on four targets this past Sunday, claims the Steelers wide receiver made some dirty plays.

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

NFL Releases 2019 Pro Bowl Rosters
Patrick Mahomes is a Pro Bowl starter in his first season as a starting quarterback.

RealGM Staff Report

Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10
Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection.

Todd McShay/ESPN

Steelers Rule Out James Conner For Week 14
Jaylen Samuels will likely lead Pittsburgh's rushing attack with James Conner sidelined.

Kevin Patra/NFL

James Conner Suffers Leg Contusion In Loss
James Conner suffered a lower right leg contusion in the Steelers' 33-30 loss to the Chargers on Sunday night.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Ben Roethlisberger Defends 'Right' To Publicly Criticize Teammates
Ben Roethlisberger took issue with several aspects of the Steelers' loss to Denver.

Herbie Teope/NFL.com

Le'Veon Bell Affected By Business Tainting Purity Of Football
Le'Veon Bell had developed into one of the NFL's best players but was told his worth doesn't correlate with other great players.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN