Antonio Brown tweets goodbye to Steeler Nation, reportedly requests trade

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The Steelers said they'll consider trade offers for Brown, but won't release him.

The Steelers wide receiver tweeted goodbye to Steeler Nation on Tuesday, all but assuring that a trade from the team that drafted him in the sixth round of the 2010 draft is inevitable at this point.

Brown's future with the franchise came into question during the final week of the regular season when the star wide receiver didn't show up to practice ahead of a must-win game for the Steelers.

If the price gets too steep for any receiver-needy team, there will be plenty of other players to choose from when free agency begins.

ESPN later reported Brown officially asked to be dealt.

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Former NFL safety Gerald Alexander commented on how Brown's situation reflects the issue of age within the league, saying that the arrival of 22-year-old receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in 2017 has made Brown "expendable".

Antonio Brown is done dropping hints.

Of course, Brown remains under contract to the Steelers, so the 49ers are not allowed to publicly discuss the potential of Brown playing in Santa Clara next season. Last month, two lawsuits were filed against Brown after he allegedly threw furniture from his 14th-floor apartment.

He finished the season with 104 receptions for 1,294 yards and 15 touchdowns.

A judge found Brown guilty of reckless driving at a hearing Tuesday morning. The woman did not press charges and Brown was not arrested.

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