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Steelers News: The one quote which should scare GMs away from Antonio Brown

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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 Antonio Brown had a singular quote in his many interviews this past weekend which should scare away plenty of suitors who are interested in his services.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Antonio Brown did a lot of talking recently. Well, they were recorded interviews, but you get the picture. Living in a world of contradictions, there was one quote which stuck out to many NFL pundits, and should stick out to any GM who wants to ship a top draft pick/player to Pittsburgh for Brown.

Antonio Brown: ‘I don’t even have to play football’

By: Grant Gordon,

“I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want. I don’t even need the game, I don’t need to prove nothing to anyone,” Brown said. “If they wanna play, they going to play by my rules. If not, I don’t need to play.

”Obviously, I want the game, but I don’t need the game, it’s a difference.”

The sitdown interview encompassed a range of topics, including Brown’s youth, proclaiming his overall happiness with life and the reveal that he was once grazed by a gunshot.

Following Brown’s absence from the final regular season game of a campaign in which the Steelers failed to make the playoffs, the All-Pro receiver has made no secret that he wants to be traded. Along the way, reports of discontent with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have surfaced.

To read the full article, click HERE

  • VIDEO: Ryan Clark shines some light on the Antonio Brown/Steelers saga, from a former player/teammate perspective

  • Monday was the day when NFL franchises had to place any type of tag on their pending free agents. If they didn’t place a tag on them, and are unable to come to terms on a deal before free agency begins, they are free to hit the open market. Here are some notable players who could be on the open market, as well as those who were tagged.

Texans place franchise tag on Jadeveon Clowney

By: Kevin Patra,

The Houston Texans are keeping their former No. 1 overall pass rusher for at least one more season.

The Texans placed the franchise tag on Jadeveon Clowney, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. The team later confirmed the news.

”Today, we placed the franchise tag on Jadeveon Clowney, but our goal is to continue to work with his representation on a long-term contract,” general manager Brian Gaine said in a statement. “This gives us both an opportunity to continue to do so.”

To read the full article, click HERE

Cowboys franchise tag DE DeMarcus Lawrence

By: Jeremy Bergman,

The top free agent of the 2019 class is off the market.

The Dallas Cowboys are placing the franchise tag on defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per a source. The team later made the news official.

Whether Lawrence signs the tag remains to be seen. This is the second straight year Dallas has slapped the tag on Lawrence, and the defensive end previously has intimated that he does not intend to sign the tender.

To read the full article, click HERE

Seahawks place franchise tag on DE Frank Clark

By: Adam Maya,

Frank Clark is coming off the best season of his career. The Seahawks rewarded him with a franchise tag.

Seattle slapped the tag on its improving defensive end Monday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager reported, per sources. The Seahawks later announced the tag was official.

The 2019 franchise tag for defensive ends is $17.1 million. This move, about 24 hours before the deadline for teams to tag players, signals the end of Clark being one of the best bargains in the NFL. He signed a four-year deal for $3.7 million after being selected in the second round of the 2015 draft out of Michigan.

To read the full article, click HERE

Giants unlikely to tag safety Landon Collins

By: Jeremy Bergman,

Landon Collins’ time in New York could be over soon.

The Giants are viewed as unlikely to franchise tag the safety, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reported, per sources informed.

New York reportedly loves Collins as a player but view the tag number for safeties ($11.15 million) as too high. If their impasse holds, he’s expected to be free, Rapoport added.

To read the full article, click HERE