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Steelers News: NFL executives are concerned about how Antonio Brown forced his way out of Pittsburgh

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at how NFL executives are now suddenly showing some serious concern over how Antonio Brown forced his way out of Pittsburgh. Ya think?

Let’s get to the news:

  • Antonio Brown was not a free agent, but he certainly acted like one. Ultimately, he got what he wanted, and the NFL isn’t really sure how to respond to Brown’s actions.

NFL execs worry Antonio Brown trade sets dangerous precedent

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

Brown wanted a new contract the Steelers were never going to give him. And keeping an All-Pro malcontent on the roster risked stunting the growth of young players such as wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

But some NFL decision-makers are concerned about the potential ramifications of the puzzling end to the Brown saga.

Multiple high-ranking sources at the NFL owners meetings told ESPN that Brown forcing his way out of a contract with three years left might set a precedent that players can do what they want. One source went as far as to say that Brown essentially treating himself like a free agent, then getting a new deal with Oakland via trade, is “dangerous” for teams expecting players to honor contracts.

To read the full article, click HERE


  • Sometimes, the enemy is staring right back at you in the mirror. In essence, this is what Mike Tomlin said at the NFL Owners Meeting when he said when it comes to the turmoil the team has been through the past several seasons, they are are guilty in some way or another.

Tomlin on drama: ‘All need to look in the mirror’

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

Coach Mike Tomlin isn’t absolving anyone from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 9-6-1 season and the drama surrounding it.

”We all need to look in the mirror in terms of what we do and how we do it, starting with me,” Tomlin told reporters from the NFL owners meetings Tuesday.

Tomlin is one of the league’s most successful coaches with a .654 winning percentage over 12 seasons, but the Steelers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013 after losing three late-season games by three points apiece.

He acknowledged he can do better because “reflection is a part of this, particularly when you have failure.”

To read the full article, click HERE


  • For those who still think Mike Tomlin is to blame for all the teams melodrama, Joe Haden strongly disagrees with you.

Haden: Tomlin can’t be blamed for Steelers’ drama

By: Jeremy Bergman, NFL.com

He has complete control of the team,” Steelers cornerback Joe Haden said of Tomlin to NFL Network’s Stacey Dales on NFL Total Access on Thursday. “You have two totally different situations with Le’Veon and with Antonio. It is what is. It’s a business. You can’t blame coach T for that.

“He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever played for. You can only ask for honesty. He keeps it real with you. He lets you know exactly where you stand. He lets you know exactly how he feels about you, if you’re productive, if you’re not. He treats everyone fairly, but I’m gonna say not everybody gets treated the same.”

To read the full article, and watch the video, click HERE


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