Friday, 22 Feb 2019

Why one of the NFL’s best receivers wants out of one of its premier franchises

Antonio Brown has put up one of the best six-year spans for a receiver in league history. But he has never felt like he gets the respect he deserves

Antonio Brown walked into his workplace on Tuesday and declared … free agency. Sort of. How did we get here to the point where one of the league’s best receivers is publicly divorcing one of the NFL’s premier franchises.

The separation has been a couple of years in the making. Brown has long had a frosty relationship with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and coach Mike Tomlin, as well as other prominent members of the Steelers’ locker-room. Management, and by extension Roethlisberger, believe the quarterback helped turn Brown into a star; Brown believes his greatness has helped Roethlisberger age gracefully.

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