Antonio Brown is likely going to be traded in the coming weeks but he’s not helping the Steelers with his comments.
During a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Brown said he doesn’t need football in his life but still wants it.
“I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want. I don’t even need the game. I don’t need to prove nothing to anyone. If they wanna play, they going to play by my rules. If not, I don’t need to play. Obviously, I want the game, but I don’t need the game. It’s a difference.”
“I’m a millionaire…. I’m an entrepreneur. I don’t need to prove anything,” Brown said. I’m perfectly fine with walking away fully healthy. The Steelers already gave me five contracts including extensions. Almost $100 million and change. If I retire right now, I think I’m great.
Antonio Brown: “I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want. I don’t even need the game. … Obviously I want the game but I don’t need the game.”
AB out here doing everything to kill his trade value for the Steelers pic.twitter.com/bdsCKd3yIp
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) March 2, 2019
Brown also said he expects to be traded before March 17 when the Steelers owe him a $2.5M roster bonus.
“Why wouldn’t they not trade me? They gotta pay me $2.5 million on March 17. If I invoice you March 17, $2.5 million that you gotta pay me, would you pay it or would you get somebody else to pay it? So it’s what — pretty much what’s good for their business. They want to start a fresh offseason with no bad blood so their team could just focus on football. No distraction from any player. So I think they’ll get it done.”
According to ESPN, the Steelers want a first-round pick for AB. The Raiders, Titans and Redskins have been linked to Brown as a potential trade partner.
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