Tomlin confirms Brown was benched, hasn't spoken to WR since Sunday

Tomlin confirms Brown was benched, hasn't spoken to WR since Sunday

He's still under contract with the Steelers through 2021.

It's open season on Antonio Brown in the media, with pundits saying it's time for the Steelers to trade him, and former teammate Ryan Clark referring to the receiver as a "monster". JuJu Smith-Schuster, whom his teammates voted as team MVP instead of Brown, also fumbled with one minute left to effectively end the game.

I have to side with Brown on this feud, as Brown is one of the single best players in the National Football League and probably doesn't love feeling like a little brother to Roethlisberger.

He added that the two haven't spoken since before Sunday's game, and Brown did not attend Monday's team meetings.

However, despite the drama, a trade of Brown seems unlikely as the Steelers would absorb a $21.12 million dead-money cap hit if they dealt the 30-year-old prior to June 1.

The Steelers won the game, 16-13, but missed their chance on the playoffs after the Ravens beat the Browns 26-24 to claim the AFC North title. He can make plays all over the field, and his speed allows him to rack up yards after the catch. Past year we saw Pittsburgh part ways with the offensive coordinator Todd Haley and we could see a big defensive shift this offseason.

Tomlin addressed the issues surrounding Brown during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Whether the Steelers are at that point is unclear.

But more details about that incident have leaked, with's Ian Rapoport reporting that after the dustup Brown yelled something like "I'm done, why don't you just trade me already".

"We take his lack of something very significant and will be handled appropriately so", he said. The defense and special teams both had critical missteps this season and offensive line coach Mike Munchak is in the mix for several open head coaching positions.

"We're talking about our darkest hour", Tomlin said.

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