It finally happened:
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
A meeting of the minds between Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown and team owner Art Rooney II happened on Tuesday with the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver sharing visual proof the meeting with an image shared on Twitter. Power move featuring some power players.
Since the meeting has come and gone, an even more newsworthy story has come from it:
Antonio Brown met today with Art Rooney, per source. Then Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus joined the meeting, as did Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert and exec Omar Kahn. Meeting was cordial and “everyone agreed the trade will be for the best,” per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 19, 2019
By the looks of things, Brown’s meeting turned out to be a productive one. Because in addition to having Rooney in the room, GM Kevin Colbert, team executive Omar Kahn, and Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus were in on the festivities. The result of having all those minds together is reportedly an agreement by the Steelers to work on a potential trade to ship the star receiver elsewhere, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport chimes in after hearing sourced information that while the Steelers have agreed to work out a potential trade, Brown and his agent Drew Rosenhaus do not have permission to speak with teams. So in this scenario, Brown gets what he wants but will not necessarily get to orchestrate where he lands. You give a little, you get a little. That’s how negotiations tend to work.
It will be interesting to see how the Steelers go about making Brown’s request a reality. What Pittsburgh could get for Brown is unknown at this point, but at least we know he is on the market and that the Steelers will be fielding offers. One of the brightest stars in the NFL looks to be on the verge of swapping teams. So while the Bears are among the least likely teams to land Brown, the bidding process should be intense and will be worth keeping an eye on.
Just keep him out of the NFC North, for cryin’ out loud! Well, unless …