Kevin Colbert: Steelers have ‘moved past’ Antonio Brown drama
There obviously was no shortage of drama involving Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past several months, and the animosity somehow only seemed to get ratcheted up after the team dealt the disgruntled wideout to the Oakland Raiders.
While Brown may be interested in continuing his beef with the Steelers, Kevin Colbert hopes the organization from top to bottom avoids taking the bait going forward.
The Steelers general manager recently opened up about the Brown-related dysfunction, but perhaps only to close the door on any continued discussion about it.
“In all honesty, we’ve moved past it,” Colbert said this week on 93.7 The Fan. “Antonio was a great player for us. We mutually reached a decision that it was best to both move on. And as we mentioned with Devin Bush, the ability to trade up and getting those picks we were able to get in the trade, and that’s where we’d like to leave it.
“We’ve all moved on. We hope Antonio has a great career and finish to his career, and we’re gonna try to do the best with the result of him not being with us because he was a significant player and it’s time to make the realization that he’s not with us and we have to find a way to be better. That’s our challenge.”
Brown did everything in his power to force the Steelers to trade him, and ultimately the team had little choice but to acquiesce to his demands, something that inspired concern among NFL executives.
In the end, the Steelers received third- and fifth-round picks in compensation for unloading Brown, which the team used to select a wide receiver and tight end in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Despite losing one of the best wideouts in the game in Brown — whose disruptive antics at the end of the season of course continued well into the postseason — the Steelers presumably are relieved to rid themselves of such a colossal headache.
After all, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin referred to the departures of Brown, along with Le’Veon Bell, as a “cleansing.” There’s simply not much more to say.