clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Larry Fitzgerald suggests Antonio Brown doesn't understand how lucky he is to have Ben Roethlisberger

While Antonio Brown cannot wait to find a new team in 2019, the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver thinks he might be better staying where he is.

Los Angeles Rams v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Antonio Brown has made his desire for a trade away from the Pittsburgh Steelers abundantly clear this offseason. Feeling disrespected by ownership, senior management and the quarterback, Brown is in no doubt that he would be happier elsewhere. But while this decision has been widely supported by both current and former players, it would appear that there is a least one of his peers who believes that leaving might not necessarily be a great idea.

Appearing on a panel as a guest speaker at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Saturday, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was asked for his thoughts on Brown’s current situation and his response was a stark warning for his fellow wideout.

“I love AB, Mr. Big Chest is a good friend of mine, but I don’t think he’s going about it the right way, personally. To be able to play with an all-time quarterback like he’s able to play with, I don’t think he understands how good he has it. It can get tough out there.”

Brown would be wise to heed Fitzgerald’s warning given the names he has played with under center during his 15 years in the league. Drafted by the Cardinals the same season the Steelers selected Ben Roethlisberger, Fitzgerald has seen 17 different quarterback start games for Arizona since he first joined the team. A group that includes Kurt Warner as the high point and a long list of questionable talents in players like Matt Leiner, Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Lindley.

Barring a few games Roethlisberger missed due to injury, Brown has never known anyone but the future Hall of Fame quarterback and it would be reasonable to question how well he might have fared if he had spent the last nine years with a team like the Buffalo Bills. Assuming Pittsburgh can find a team willing to take him off their hands, Brown will find out soon enough.