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Mr. Big Chest Update

The sooner this is over the better.

March 07, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Time now, for the all-important Mr. Big Chest update! And it’s a good one, because it looks as if we could be just 24 hours away from the most tedious story in football finally ending. Because according to Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown situation might finally be wrapping up. Schefter tweeted: teams that have spoken to the Steelers about a potential Antonio brown trade have been told that a deal is expected to be in place by Friday, per league sources.

Of course, Schefter did also speculate that Condoleezza Rice was going to coach the Browns. And that Bob Kraft wasn’t even the biggest name involved in that massage parlor bust in Jupiter, Florida. So Scheftie isn’t always right. Let’s just hope he nails this one. If so, we might finally be able to put a nail in this coffin of a story. Finally.   Reportedly. Allegedly. Possibly. I’ll-believe-it-when-I-see-it– lee. 

I could take this chance to run down the list of teams most likely to end up with Mr. Big chest, but at this point, who really cares? Don’t get me wrong. He’s a great player and even his worst year is still better that most guy’s best years, but the sooner this is over the better. I really don’t want to get into whether he’s going to the Raiders. Or the Packers. Or the 49ers. Or the Jets. Or the Titans. Because the list of teams who have been linked to him is pretty much a list of the 31 teams not named the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And the sooner this is over the better, not just for everyone’s sanity, but for Brown’s reputation. Because it has taken an absolute thrashing over the last few months. And most of it has been his own doing. Sure, there have been the reports about how hard he works and even that he’s a good teammate, but then there has been everything else. Like his twitter game, his Instagram game, showing up on reality singing competitions that involves masks and d-list celebrities, facetiming while on a treadmill, wanting to be called Mr. Big Chest, all of that is on him. 

Charley Casserly v. Kyler Murray v. Erik Burkhardt cannot believe the damage inflicted by Antonio Brown v. Antonio Brown.  

And it has managed to turn one of the most electric players and personalities into one of the most tired personalities. I never thought I’d say there’s such thing as too much Antonio brown, but over the last few months, there has been too much Antonio Brown. Way too much Antonio Brown. .

And the latest bit of news doesn’t is another not-so-good look for Mr. Big Chest. If you were wondering whether or not things could be patched up between Antonio Brown and the Steelers and in particular, between Antonio Brown and ben Roethlisberger, Jason Cole has a thought. 

Cole tweeted: Roethlisberger has tried to call. Several times. AB won't pick up the phone. Whether he should or not is irrelevant. Fact is, he's not picking up.

That’s not good. It’s not good for the Steelers patching this up, but it’s also not good for ab’s rep. He has called out Roethlisberger over the course of this whole drama and now, if that report is true, Roethlisberger is calling him back and Brown isn’t answering.

A couple weeks back, Brown was asked about Roethlisberger on twitter and he responded: “no conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has an owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. Players know but they can’t say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It’s a dirty game within a game. #truth

That is swinging some heavy lumber. If you are going to crack a teammate with the “owner mentality” line, that is a big shot from Mr. Big chest. If you’re going to call a teammate out like that, and he’s going to call you back to talk about that, you have to pick up the phone.  Say to his face what you just said to the entire world; and esp. If the dude is calling you to try to salvage the relationship and keep the team together.  I’m not saying that ben isn’t a pain in the ass to deal with; and that he’s without blame; far from it.  But if brown isn’t returning the owner’s calls or the hall of famer quarterback’s calls, that’s not on them, that’s on him; and it’s wrong.

And in the attempt to burn every bridge in Pittsburgh, Brown has set himself on fire. Again. 

Which again brings up the question – exactly what is the problem here? If you want to go to a place where you have a chance to play with a hall of fame quarterback, where you can put up huge numbers, compete for a super bowl every year, and have the flexibility in the team structure to be yourself, where else are you going to find that? Answer: nowhere.  Why is ab so unhappy there?  Again, he puts up huge numbers, they win, he gets paid and they pretty give him the run of the place; he can come and go as he pleases: so why does he hate it so much. There’s no way there’s a better situation somewhere else than the one he had in Pittsburgh.  But, his life, his career.  I don’t care.  I only care that he lands somewhere, quickly, so I don’t have to talk about it anymore. I’m sure AB wants it to end. Just not as badly as I do.