Antonio Brown on the Steelers' sidelines in 2018. Dec 30, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) looks on during warm-ups before the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. Brown has been ruled out of the game due to injury. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown appears to be persona non grata in NFL circles these days after the way things melted down with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brown, perhaps sensing this, appears to understand that it might be time to officially hang up the cleats, tweeting on Monday that he would like to retire as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

While Brown jumped around the league in recent years, he spent the first nine years of his NFL career with the Steelers after they drafted him in 2010. In 2018, he requested a trade and was shipped off to the Raiders. From there, his career became known more for off-the-field antics and disturbing incidents. But it sounds as though he’s finally realizing how good he had it in Pittsburgh when, at the time, he was considered one of the premier wide receivers in the league.

Along with the Raiders, Brown has also played for the Patriots and Buccaneers. His last NFL appearance was the infamous game in which he left the field in the middle of gameplay, took off his jersey, and threw it into the stands before leaving for the locker room. The Buccaneers cut him soon after.

Brown would later clarify that he was not looking to return to the Steelers to play but simply to retire as a member of their organization.

It’s hard to imagine the Steelers would want to associate themselves with Brown at this point, especially given the way things ended there, though we’ll see if cooler heads prevail in the coming months or years. For all we know, Brown will tweet something derogatory about them tomorrow and that’ll solve that.

[Antonio Brown, SI]

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