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Antonio Brown appears to take shot at Steelers after Mike Tomlin's comments

Antonio Brown appears to take shot at Steelers after Mike Tomlin's comments

There's no love lost between Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers. That much is clear.

By now you know the story. The star wide receiver wore out his welcome in the Steel City, demanding to be traded this offseason due to reported issues with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and head coach Mike Tomlin.

Brown got his wish and was traded to the Raiders on March 9, but that doesn't mean he's ready to let bygones be bygones, as the 30-year-old star fired off a cryptic tweet Monday afternoon that was pointed directly at Tomlin and the Steelers.

Confused? We'll explain.

Earlier Monday at the NFL owners meeting, Tomlin gave his first comments since the end of the Steelers' season and he had a few things to say about his former receiver and former running back Le'Veon Bell.

It was a rough offseason for Tomlin, who lost his star receiver and running back and will enter the 2019 season with an aging quarterback and middle of the road defense.

So it's easy to understand why he's a bit salty.

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As for Brown, he got exactly what he asked for when the Steelers traded him to Oakland. He got away from Roethlisberger, inked a new contract and the Raiders didn't have to give up the world to acquire the All-Pro receiver.

All that's left for Brown to do is make the Steelers regret the way things unfolded by putting up huge numbers for the Silver and Black in 2019.

NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown's recent tweets could affect his trade market

NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown's recent tweets could affect his trade market

Antonio Brown has had an active offseason on social media.

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver tweeted back-and-forth with 49ers tight end George Kittle at season's end, followed the 49ers on multiple platforms and even posted a photo of himself in a 49ers jersey on Instagram.

On Saturday, Brown was very transparent in a Twitter Q&A, writing that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an "owner mentality" and calling out coach Mike Tomlin for sitting him in the final game of the regular season. 

As Brown finds himself in the center of trade conversations following his request to get dealt, those tweets might be scaring off potential trade suitors, according to NBC Sports' Peter King. 

"That's not just something I think. In the case of one team, it's something I know," King wrote in his Football Morning in America column.

Brown's openness on social media has been criticized in the past. The Steelers fined him $10,000 in Jan. 2017 for streaming a Tomlin post-win speech on Facebook Live.

Given the 49ers' prominent placement in Brown's posts over the last couple of months, his tweets from the weekend shouldn't be a surprise. He hasn't exactly been subtle about his desire to leave the Steel City, and even less so about his desire to play for mentor Jerry Rice's former club.

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And although NFL teams tend to shun anything they perceive to be a distraction, Brown's other off-the-field activity should be a far bigger concern that what he posts on social media. 

King did not mention whether or not the Steelers' possible trade partners were hesitant to acquire Brown in light of the NFL's investigation into a Jan. 17 domestic incident. Wiltrice Jackson, the mother of Brown's daughter, alleged he pushed her to the ground when she asked Brown to pay for their daughter's hair appointment, according to a police report. Brown was not arrested for the incident. 

Last week, Brown was found guilty of reckless driving in a Pennsylvania court and did not attend his hearing. The 31-year-old is also being sued in Florida for throwing furniture off of a 14th-floor balcony, and nearly hitting a toddler and his grandfather. 

Antonio Brown didn't request trade away from Steelers, Mike Tomlin says


Antonio Brown didn't request trade away from Steelers, Mike Tomlin says

Despite reports -- and some social-media activity -- to the contrary, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said star wide receiver has not requested a trade away from Pittsburgh.

"I'm not gonna speculate on trades and things of that nature," Tomlin told the media in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. "We haven't formally received a request in that regard, so I'm not gonna speculate. I'm not gonna speculate on where the discipline might go -- just know that it's gonna be addressed ... and needs to be addressed."

Brown did not play in the Steelers' regular-season finale on Sunday, and reportedly "skipped multiple meetings and practices" before and after that game, according to reports from ESPN and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sunday was also the same day 49ers tight end George Kittle tweeted at Brown, and Brown followed that up by, well, following the 49ers and a bunch of related accounts on social media. 

The 30-year-old is one of the most dynamic playmakers in football, and is coming off his fourth season in the last four years with over 1200 receiving yards and double-digit touchdowns. His 15 receiving TDs were a career high, and matched the entirety of the 49ers' wide-receiver corps in 2018. With nearly $54 million in salary-cap space (per Spotrac), the 49ers would also figure to have plenty of salary-cap space to bring in Brown. 

And if the locker room needs any singers, Brown can apparently help in that area as well. 

Yes, Brown competed on Fox's new ... uh, masked singing competition?  He dressed up as a hippo on the show "The Masked Singer," which premiered on Wednesday and asks a panel of celebrity judges to guess which celebrity is performing under a mask. Brown was eliminated in the first episode.

There's surely a metaphor for Brown's relationship with the Steelers in there somewhere, but we'll have all offseason to figure it out and see if the trade comes to fruition.