Drew Rosenhaus addresses status of Antonio Brown trade talks
Drew Rosenhaus made an appearance on ESPN’s “NFL Live” Tuesday and to no surprise the super-agent addressed the status of trade talks involving client Antonio Brown.
It was an eventful day on the Brown saga front, as the disgruntled wide receiver met with Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II. The two agreed the best way forward for both parties is to work out a trade, as documented by Brown in a subsequent tweet.
Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues! We both agreed that it is time to move on but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod #Boomin pic.twitter.com/DEgURchvhW— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 19, 2019
Rosenhaus later confirmed as much as well, saying trade deliberations will now begin in earnest.
“Well, right now the Steelers, they’re running the whole trade effort,” Rosenhaus said, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “Antonio’s under contract and they have the ability to talk to other teams right now and find the best deal for them. And we hope they get a great amount of compensation. We want everybody to win here.”
Regarding Brown’s meeting with Rooney, Rosenhaus stated “both sides agree that at this stage of Antonio’s career, it is in his best interest, and everyone’s best interest – Antonio, the Steelers – at this juncture, to move forward and work on a trade.”
Antonio Brown looking forward to future in NFL, not past – Drew Rosenhaus #Steelers https://t.co/reQBTFRmAq— Blitzburgh (@Steel_Curtain4) February 20, 2019
Rosenhaus noted that he does not have permission to talk trades with teams and that the Steelers will be handling such deliberations exclusively.
Rosenhaus on the Steelers controlling where AB ends up. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/IJqh56K1sS— Blitzburgh (@Steel_Curtain4) February 19, 2019
Ahead of his meeting with Rooney, Brown posted a lengthy Instagram video in which he laid out his vision and/or demands concerning his future. Rosenhaus mentioned it is his job to make sure his client is satisfied with how things shake out.
When asked to address the specifics that led to the fracturing of Brown’s relationship with the Steelers, Rosenhaus declined to discuss it, saying he was “going to focus on the future.”
Rosenhaus also characterized Brown as “a great competitor and all time great player, a great teammate, a great person.” However, evidence has emerged in recent months that have portrayed Brown in an unflattering light, although Rosenhaus’ comments are hardly surprising, especially given reports suggesting some teams have been turned off by the wide receiver’s antics of late.