He was not seen as a star coming out of college and seemed nearly an after-thought when he was drafted in the sixth-round by the Steelers in the 2010 draft. Although Brown is the best receiver "available" this offseason, he comes with a lot of baggage and he's going to cost a lot in a trade.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has made it pretty clear: He wants out of Pittsburgh.
Getting him from the Steelers, however, could be hard for top personnel executive Howie Roseman.
Well, for starters, the Steelers don't have much leverage, since Brown's dissatisfaction with the team has been so known. Steelers' president Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he doesn't expect Brown being with the team when they open training camp in mid-July, though there are no plans to release him.
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Of course, Brown remains under contract to the Steelers, so the 49ers are not allowed to publicly discuss the potential of Brown playing in Santa Clara next season. Although they are now $11 million under the salary cap after quarterback Nick Foles bought his way back into free agency last week and is no longer under contract.
Committing $12.6 million of that to Brown, however, seems unlikely. The seven-time Pro Bowler has 30 days to appeal the case.
Maybe he'll have a new team by then. Like first-round draft pick-type high.