"Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward", Brown said, adding the deuces emoji and #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.
A source close to Brown believes the wideout is exhausted of playing the scapegoat for the Steelers' problems and wants to show he can thrive in another offense.
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. He was allegedly driving a black Porsche more than 100 miles per hour through Ross Township, Pa.
He finished the season with 104 receptions for 1,294 yards and 15 touchdowns. Brown would help the offense, but unless he is willing to sign a new contract with a lower cap hit, his play alone won't make up for all the holes the team won't be able to fill if they commit so much money to the receiver.
Brown allegedly pushed the mother of his daughter to the ground last month in Hollywood, Florida, according to a police incident report.