The star wide receiver tweeted "Thank you SteelerNation" on Tuesday, adding that it's "time to move on and forward" along with the hashtag #NewDemands. Steelers' president Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he doesn't expect Brown being with the team when they open training camp in mid-July, though there are no plans to release him.
Brown, 30, has been the subject of widespread trade speculation after he failed to show up to work the day before the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown was charged in November for driving his black sports auto over 100 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone.
Beyond the reckless driving charge, a lawsuit filed in October alleged that Brown hurled several large pieces of furniture off the 14th-floor balcony of his Florida apartment during an April outburst. ESPN reports that Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17. Brown has recorded at least 1,200 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in each of those campaigns, with a 1,698-yard, 13-touchdown season in 2014 marking career-highs in both categories. If he's traded before that time, Pittsburgh will absorb a dead cap hit of $21.12 million (versus $23.62 if he's dealt afterward).
To have a little fun, let's take a look at four players Los Angeles would most likely consider using in a potential trade to bring on a playmaker in Brown for the 2019 season.