Steelers GM lays out team’s approach to trading Antonio Brown
Some semblance of a resolution was reached this week in the protracted Antonio Brown saga, and Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has now laid out how the team will approach trading the disgruntled wide receiver.
“By no means will we make a trade that’s not beneficial to the Steelers organization,” Colbert said Wednesday, via Steelers.com’s Bob Labriola. “We’re not going to give a discount on the trade market, and we’re not going to release him. We’ve had no active trade talks with any team about AB.”
Brown met with Steelers owner Art Rooney II Tuesday, and the two agreed that it would be best for both parties to go their separate ways, something documented by Brown on social media.
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
Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, corroborated Brown’s version of events during a Tuesday appearance on ESPN’s “NFL Live” while also weighing in on myriad issues concerning the unceremonious split between his client and the Steelers.
Rosenhaus also noted that he and Brown desire a mutually beneficial resolution, one that leaves the Steelers well-compensated and Brown happy with his new team. Interestingly, Colbert’s comments indicate that Brown’s happiness will not play a huge role in the Steelers’ approach.
Colbert went on to note Wednesday how unfortunate the situation has played out for everyone involved, all the while acknowledging a split — which Brown effectively forced with his antics over the past few months — was the only reasonable course of action at this point.
“We’re all disappointed we’re at this point,” Colbert said, per Labriola. AB’s disappointed. We’re disappointed. We did agree to look into a trade and see it as the best course of action.”