What a week. 11:30pm Thursday night, Ian Rapoport tweeted out that a deal between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills was imminent. While the information sounded accurate, the soft spoken Brown bucked his typical team first attitude and made it clear he would not play for Buffalo if the trade was completed. This was best for everyone involved, Brown, the Bills and, most of all, anyone reading my work.
I am mildly coherent with all my faculties so attempting to break down this faux transaction involving one of the most volatile and exciting active players would have been an inedible word salad that no amount of literary ranch could have saved. A win for all.
Instead, the Oakland Raiders stepped in two days later and made the deal. They sent Pittsburgh 3rd and 5th round draft picks in exchange for the disgruntled All Pro wide out. The Raiders also will allegedly be adding another $10+ million to Brown’s existing deal. It’s no surprise why Oakland would want one of the most productive receivers alive, but why would the Steelers be so willing to give up such an electric player with plenty left in the tank and years on his contract? Why would said receiver want out of an organization that elderly sports writers love to refer to as ‘classy’? If you listen to the rumors, and I always do, it seems Brown had issues with Steelers’ Quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. It makes sense that the team would side with the leader of the franchise who has never had any
allegations or legal trouble or questionable and gross and not at all disturbing issues in his past. Whenever you can trade a diva wide receiver in his prime for pennies on the dollar to placate your 37-year-old quarterback with a totally not messed up history with women and cement him as the face of your franchise, you have to do it.
I salute the Rooney family for making such a brave and confident decision to eliminate such a locker room cancer so quickly. Why would you want a guy who desires to be paid what he’s worth in a league where your health and career can be taken away on any given play when you can instead back Ben ‘DTF’ Roethlisberger? It’s not like they also just lost their star running back due to similar contract issues. I have no doubt that the team will rally behind Big Ben, without their top two playmakers, and lead them to a place they haven’t been in years. Super Bowl coming, book your tickets now, Steeler fans, I can feel it.