According to a former teammate of Pittsburgh Steelers Antonio Brown, the team was willing to overlook the wide receiver acting like a diva as long as he was producing on the football field.
And Brown did produce last season – he had 100-plus catches and 1,200-plus receiving yards for the sixth straight year – but he missed Pittsburgh’s last game after skipping multiple practices.
That may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
“This has been brewing for years,” an ex-teammate said of Brown’s issues. “It’s just now coming to the surface. And it’s probably over.”
Before the latest Brown incident, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told the locker room what the team’s philosophy was with regard to the star receiver afer he showed up late.
“Tomlin] essentially told the group, we’ll tolerate it now because of what he brings on the field, but the minute production stops, you don’t overlook it,” said one ex-Steeler.
That outlook certainly would lend credence to the notion that the team is seriously considering moving Brown, 30, in a trade this offseason.
Brown still has three years left on his four-year, $68 million contract with the Steelers and, if 2018 was his final season with the team, his tenure will end with seven Pro Bowl selections and four first-team All-Pro nods since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 draft.