The Pittsburgh Steelers, who lost star running back Le’Veon Bell to a holdout/contract dispute this season are at the center of yet another controversy involving another offensive star, wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Brown was a healthy scratch for Sunday’s season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, a game they had to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. While the official story was that Brown was dealing with a knee injury the real story presents a real problem for the Steeler organization that has had their fair share of locker room squabbles in recent seasons.
Brown skipped a practice and meetings last week after an altercation with Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger in which Brown threw a football at Roethlisberger. An incident a Steeler player called “embarrassing” and “the worst I’ve ever seen” and that Brown was “completely in the wrong.”
Brown has been frustrated this season with the emergence of fellow wide out JuJu Smith-Schuster as the team’s clear #1 target and has taken that frustration out on Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner.
One wonders how and if the Steelers can make this right with Brown after this latest incident. If the Steelers do decide to trade him his next team will have to assume the remaining 3 years of his contract with an average salary of $17 million dollars per year.
Brown has requested a trade but don’t look for the Steelers to acquiesce to his demands. Ask Le’Veon Bell how that went. That’s not how the Rooney’s roll.
$17 million dollars year is a hefty price for a malcontent diva who has never won anything, even if the Steelers did try to trade him.