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Recent reports surrounding Antonio Brown suggest he has spoken with Steelers

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If two recent reports are to be believed, it appears the Steelers might finally have had some communication with their star receiver.

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Despite a whole host of names to talk to at the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl less than seven days away, it would appear that Antonio Brown is still the only topic in football. But while talk about a possible trade continues to dominate the headlines, two reports from the last few days finally indicate that some progress might have been made between the Pittsburgh Steelers and their star receiver.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, reached out to ESPN on Friday to deny a recent report in the press, and in doing so appeared to suggest that some form of contact has been made with the Steelers since the season had ended.

A fact seemingly confirmed in a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network on Sunday.

Ignoring the speculative parts of Rapoport’s tweets, it is interesting to note that he claims the Steelers have not officially given Rosenhaus permission to try and trade his client, even if he does seem to suggest it is the desired option.

If Brown is to remain in Pittsburgh 2019, it will be no thanks to those in the local media who appear to be going out of their way to bait him as of late. When it is not the radio talk shows trashing his name on air, it is senior beat reporters taunting him on social media.

The idea of a fresh start with a new team where the local media doesn't hate him must seem increasingly appealing to Brown right now.