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Antonio Brown On Emmanuel Sanders – \”Steelers Don\’t Like Guys That Don\’t Do Things Their Way\”


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was a guest Friday afternoon on SiriusXM NFL Radio and was asked to give his thoughts on whether or not he believes restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will be back next season after signing a one year, $2.5 million offer sheet with the New England Patriots.

Brown basically said that he doesn\'t think that Sanders will be back in 2013, and while the first part of his answer to the question was inaudible due to a bad cell phone connection, the second part wasn\'t.

"I don\'t think that they (the Steelers) really like guys that don\'t do things their way," said Brown. "There\'s a certain professional way that they go about their business and I don\'t think that they make decisions with guys that don\'t go about things in the way that they should. So in my opinion, I don\'t think he\'ll come back. It\'s just not smart to get a guy for one year at a price that you can get a guy for four years."

I am not sure what Brown was really trying to elude to with his comments and unfortunately he was not asked to clarify them. Whatever he was trying to say, it sounds like he thinks the Steelers have some sort of a problem with the way Sanders handles his business.

I don\'t think that Brown has any inside information in regard to the Steelers decision on Sanders, as they certainly haven\'t consulted with him, but Brown didn\'t sound optimistic about his fellow draft classmate being in black and gold next season.

We will know for sure by Monday at the latest.

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  • Jerry Patte

    Brown should have played it smart and said No comment.

  • Chris92021

    Could not have said it better it myself…the Steeler Way has led to 8 Super Bowl trips and 6 rings. Have fun in Foxboro, Sanders.

  • Kysteeler

    Even though I like what he said, he is becoming the Ryan Clark of the offense.

  • hergieburbur

    Maybe the truest thing anyone has ever said about the Steelers. Say what you want about his showboating, Brown GETS the Steelers way of doing things.

  • T R

    this is tru.. hey Steelers gotta do what they think is right. and Sanders gotta get his money if he choses.. *holds up peace sign* to Sanders.. Lata bro..

  • T R

    this is tru. but hey he only said Steelers want it done their way if they signing the checks and hey if you don’t it find another check signer.. sure he wont be in NE to long either.. After he drop or fumble a few of whining Bradys passes. he will be benched.. Ask Ochocinco.. LOL

  • steeltown

    Interesting, he said exactly what I have heard or read multiple people on this site post, “its not smart to get a guy for one year at a price that you can get a guy for four yrs”

  • richheddleson

    Sanders made his own choice, signing with NE………shows me he doesn’t want to be with the Steelers……..

  • TheBlitz

    Could the fracture in the locker room this past season be attributed to how the “young money” crew (AB, ES, and MW) handled the signing of AB ?

  • Pete

    Good point. Bouchette doesn’t think he’ll be back either. If it turns out to be the case, this will have been a shrewd move by the Patriots. Colbert will have to make the additional 3rd round pick count and it makes it more likely they’ll pick up a FA WR.

  • zyzak

    Brown is turning into a jerk, please just score TDs if you know how. Steelers got caught with their pants down

  • zyzak

    No it shows he is doubling his salary, something the Steelers could have done but they didn’t

  • zyzak

    He’s not very articulate so he should just keep his mouth shut

  • TrueSteelerForLife

    I’m sorry but I’m ready for AB to shut up. Part of the Steeler way is not saying dumb shit in the media. I agree with what he said but you don’t put out your teammate like that. Bitch move

  • JohnnyV1

    Ouch! That’s a little dig if I ever heard one. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes that people just don’t know about. Like Baltimore letting their two safeties go (Reed was UFA, they cut the other) b/c of more than football related issues.

    Sanders had every right to get as much money as he could. Football careers are so short, that I don’t blame him one bit for pushing and getting an offer. He’s getting over $1 more than the tender. That’s more than a lot of us make in 10-20 yrs, or more.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. If this happens, they’ll get the $1.3MIL back from the original tender offer, I bet they bring in Breaston for another physical, sign him, as well as draft 2 WR’s

  • http://twitter.com/GeneralZY Cecil

    I think we should get rid of all three WRs, all they do is run their mouths and drop/fumble the ball. Start over, the young money experiment failed.

  • moderatelysane

    Including delivering the goods before demanding the money and including not needing top dollar. He’s content with the culture, even though he could make more elsewhere.

  • moderatelysane

    You’re probably right on.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    The judgment the Steelers have to make is how good do they think Sanders is and how good do they think he will be. $2.5M for a #2 receiver is not an impediment even with the Steelers’ cap problems.

    This Steeler way stuff sounds like crap to me in this particular circumstance. Part of restricted free agency is giving guys the opportunity to determine their market value and him signing a tender should not irritate the Steelers, especially since it wasn’t diabolically structured.

    To me, the guy looks a young Hines Ward and I would try to keep him. If they see him more as Cedric Wilson, then they have to let him go.

  • LouPGH

    It’s really amusing to see so many people get offended by AB’s comments. If you’re indignant on behalf of Sanders, you need some real problems in your life.

    Brown probably shouldn’t have guessed whether or not the Steelers will bring Sanders back, but you can’t really argue with his other points. Sanders himself would probably admit as much. Should the Steelers bring him back, it’s up to those two to work it out.

    It’s not as if the Steelers aren’t running Sanders out of town. He made a play for more money, which I don’t blame him for. The Steelers don’t owe him any more than he owes them. The Pats have the cap space, the Steelers can use the pick. Sanders gets to go play with Brady. Everybody wins, stop crying.

  • hergieburbur

    Breaston may well be done for his career. When a guy starts talking about going overseas for an unapproved procedure, things are serious. And yes, I know it worked for others and he decided not to have it. IF he’s healthy, in Haley’s offense, I would gladly swap Breaston and a 3rd for Sanders.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’d be okay with all the moves you suggested maybe with the additional 1.3MIL they bring in Bradshaw for your lead runner which buys them time. With a feature runner we can posses the ball control the clock which is something we lacked last year.Also with that extra three they can draft a playmaker WR because Sanders was a 3rd pick that started with the injury bug

  • Douglas Andrews

    That procedure worked for Kobe Bryant!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agree Brown has always been the lunch pale guy. Never complained openly said he wouldnt be holding out during the time that Wallace didn’t even attend an OTA because he was afraid he would get hurt. He was rewarded for his work with a nice contract.

  • steeltown

    He is not having the procedure and was advised that it was not necessary and from what Ive read the doctors have cleared him to play, his issues were not serious (inflammation and arthritic symptoms) I think half the players in the League struggle with those on a weekly basis

    He’d have great value at a minimum deal

    Im indifferent either way, just giving an opinion of what I see happening if Sanders departs for NE

  • rizzo29

    I find it funny if this comment is true or not but if he thinks that about the Steeler,s way, then what the hell is he going to the pat,s for. Bellicheck has all his player,s on lockdown there,once the player has leverage with them your gone.

  • steeltown

    and Alex Rodriguez

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’d like to see the Steelers take the pick. I like Sanders alot I just think they can sign Breaston and draft a WR. Even with a receiver by committee they can easily replace Sanders numbers. I think even if the Steelers match Sanders knows there is interest from the league already this year so he’s not gonna extend he’s gonna go for the money next year and it wont be in Pittsburgh

  • David S

    Just my own conclusion from listening to the interview: Brown is referring to the “Steelers way” as waiting to get paid/extended instead of signing a RFA offer sheet from another team to force the Steelers’ hand. This was in response to their question of what he would do –from a BUSINESS standpoint.

  • RMSteeler

    My impression is that Brown was referring to the “Steeler Way” as in the business side of the team. I know Steeler Way can have many interpretations, such as how players play the game, a work ethic, or not taking plays off, etc. In hiscontext, Brown said what many have said, some of whom are now criticizing him. What Brown’s comment means to me by “it’s not smart to get a guy for one year at a price that you can get a guy for four yrs” is his opinion looking from a business side of the Steelers. In other words, looking at the situation if he was in the FO’s shoes. From a business side, is it smart to pay a current player as much in one year, as it is to pay the same for a rookie drafted in this year’s third round for four years? This is being debated ad nauseum. I don’t necessarily see it as a put down of Sanders. It was the Steelers who put Sanders in the position to “test the market”. From the business side, it’s now the Steelers turn to decide if Sanders to them is worth the market offer in their opinion, or if it is worth the gamble of drafting a player for the price of Sanders for four years. The Steelers have been doing business this way for years. Tendered RFA’s rarely are given an offer from any team. If the Steelers thought Sanders was worth it, they wouldn’t have tendered him, but extended him like they did Brown. The Steelers now have the information to consider for the decision they knew all along they MAY have to make. It shows me that Brown “gets it” from both a player AND management view. You rarely see this in sports, or in this case hear from a player that they understand the business of the game. Although it could have been articulated better by Brown, he’s not as polished as say, Ryan Clark. At least not yet.

  • hergieburbur

    I guess you didn’t read what I said. I know it works, I was pointing to the severity of the issues. I was not speaking to the procedure at all.

  • hergieburbur

    I’d be surprised it it was just inflammation and arthritis. Like you said, guys play through that all the time. I think his knee issue are more serious and won’t be convinced until he passes a physical. I do think, if healthy, he and Bradshaw both have tremendous value at or near vet minimum.

  • zipposteelers

    History will repeat itself. The Steelers do not value the WR position. They have let much better WR’s walk without looking back. Hello third round pick

  • TsarPepe

    agree

  • TsarPepe

    The Steelers have to take a long look and see: is Sanders a long-term option as a 2nd WR. If they think he is, 2.5 mil is nothing, and should be seen as a big discount on a future deal. The market this year showed that the going rate for 2nd WR is about 6 mil.

  • David Edward

    Bravo Lou…one of the more intelligent comments I’ve seen on this thread.

  • David Edward

    Good job RM, another intelligent comment from a fan who gets it.

  • hergieburbur

    I think it goes deeper than any two or three players though I think what you are saying is part of it. I also think it started before last season, though it was far worse last year.

  • hergieburbur

    No they didn’t. They’ve been playing this game with RFAs since RFA came about. They use it as a filter to see if other teams will pursue their players and help establish market value to the players. This time, another team bit.

  • hergieburbur

    I am sure that is exactly what they are debating now. Which is more likely to yield their long term complement to Brown, Sanders or an unnamed draft pick.

  • David Edward

    I’m pretty impressed by what Brown had to say. He speaks the truth. Yeah, maybe he reveals a bit too much at times but I respect his honesty and candor…particularly in this situation. Let’s try to relate it to the everyday world. Do you think the company you work for would rather you tote the company line and do things their way, or go about things your way and make it difficult for them? Hopefully you didn’t have to think about that too long. If you’re someone who goes against the company, do you think you will be getting that next promotion or a big raise? If you find a job with someone else for better pay, do you think they will be eager to match it and keep you? No way, they’ll be bringing in your replacement as soon as you are out the door…and your replacement will be someone who “drinks the company juice”. Will Allen said it now Antonio has said it.

  • Thomas Crowley

    Reed didn’t come back cause he was 34 years old and his asking price was higher than the ravens were willing to go.

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Bingo

  • Crazy Bone

    Number one, there is no evidence that Sanders goes against the Steelers. Number two, you ain’t gonna win nothing if you want a bunch of robots who never speak out about anything.Guys like James Harrison and Joey Porter spoke out more than Sanders ever did and the Steelers still won. Funny Ta’amu can act like a complete idiot and stay but Sanders can’t because of attitude? I can’t believe the Steelers are that stupid (but maybe they are now).

  • JohnnyV1

    I think you’re wrong, but regardless if you are or are not, this is about things that go on not on the field, which is what Brown was eluding to.
    Subject: Re: New comment posted on Antonio Brown On Emmanuel Sanders – “ Steelers Don’ t Like Guys That Don’ t Do Things Their Way”

  • CW

    I’d say they might even go for three wide receivers, one early, one mid round, and one late or a late rounder that went undrafted like Rodney Smith, a tall, still developing wide receiver, very well might, and develop the 3rd on the practice squad as Burress’ replacement.

  • hergieburbur

    We don’t really have that luxury. Undrafted maybe, but we can’t spend a third of the draft on one position that isn’t one of huge value.

  • greeny

    I agree but don’t expect the team to be competitive this year

  • SteelerCop

    STEELERS paid him too much! That’s why we have CAP issues now! SMH

  • Steelers32

    Been in the 2 WR camp ever since the first reports of the Patriot deal, to me it can be a blessing in disguise. Sanders may be good but is not so much as yet, there are 5 or 6 physical receivers available in the first 3 rounds, I hope they go WR in 1st and 3rd rounds.

  • SteelerCop

    I believe he was speak about what the Front Office might be thinking…I don’t think he was trying to go at him personally.

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Really? I remember him being injured for 4 or 5 games. How exactly did they pay him too much? What are his cap hits per year?

  • David Edward

    Hi Crazy, it has nothing to do with speaking out…that’s not what Brown or Allen or I am saying. This is about what Allen calls “drinking the juice”, which means buying in to what system the Steelers are running and doing it their way. There’s nothing wrong with a player wanting more money just like you or I wanting to get more money at our jobs. We are free to find a higher paying job elsewhere if we like. The point is a team, just like our employer, is more likely to match the better offer we got elsewhere if they consider us a company person who does it their way and “drinks the juice”. Otherwise, a player, just like you or I are very replaceable if they feel they can get someone else in who can do as good or better of a job for less…and the replacement does it the company way. In terms of company way, I would put the Steelers at or near the top of the list in the NFL and I hope that never changes!

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    I guess having your jersey in the Hall of Fame is grounds for being over compensated and at the same time paid a lot less than Wallace was…

  • JPDQ

    Damn, Sunday can’t get here fast enough so we can move on already. Dude’s an average wide receiver. Thoughts:

    1 – Manny Sanders isn’t worth 2.5 mil to the Steelers. If he had been, they would’ve tendered him higher.

    2 – Steelers are in transition. Let’s accept it, quit denying it and draft a pair of wide outs that can help us to the next SB run.

    3 – Antonio Brown, please shut the hell up already. I don’t care if someone asked him what color the turf in Heinz Field is, he’d figure out some way to put his foot in his mouth or throw someone under the bus.

    4 – Colbert, please do not draft a tight end in the first round. If Haley doesn’t already use one of the best TEs in the game properly, what good is adding another one gonna do?

    5 – allude

  • LucasY59

    I like the Idea of getting a Big WR target like Smith, If he goes undrafted he would be a great pickup, but I don’t think 3 WR’s is a good Idea. Doubling up has usually worked well so no need for a third. I could see 3 picks being used on 2 WR’s and a TE

  • SteelerCop

    Antonio Brown received a 5 year 42.5 million dollar contract last year…Wayyyyyy, too much…and HOF…Antonio Brown…Really? AB had to restructure his contract this year…to save about 3 mil in cap space this year…he should only be making about 2 mil a year…for a 6 round pick that has not proven himself yet.

  • David Edward

    Lol, you started off strong with points 1 and 2 but totally lost me with 4. Heath had one of his best years ever last year and was team MVP. I’d say that’s using him properly. I’m willing to listen to why you think he wasn’t used properly. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a total fan of Haley’s system, but it does open things up for the TE as well as protect the QB by calling for more quick passes and less deep drops.

  • CW

    I’m talking grabbing at least one through RFA if you didn’t get that before.

    Like how the Steelers got Nate Washington. They found him AFTER the draft and developed him. This is a year for it.

  • JPDQ

    Yeah, I did go off topic a bit there. Just felt the need to vent, I guess. While Heath had a strong statistical year last year, it seems to me that Heath “disappeared” in the second half of games… many close games we lost. I hear so many people banging the drum for Eifert, and I just think we have much bigger needs to fill in the draft than having another TE that won’t be used to his full potential.

    I think Heath is THE prototypical Steeler by the way. Love that dude!

  • SteelSpine

    I agree that the interviewer dropped the ball by not asking Brown what he meant.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. He has seen Wallace and Brown both get paid, he wants to get paid too (I don’t blame him of course) He has to figure he has a better chance of a big payday outside of Pittsburgh, especially considering all of the upcoming extensions at other positions on the horizon in Pittsburgh… Pouncey, Cortez Allen and a few others are much more important long term than Sanders is

  • Brendon Glad

    If Tuesday comes and goes with no match, then my gut feeling of Tavon Austin as a major dark-horse candidate forf the first selection will rumble even louder. Based on the posts I’ve read, that may be an unpopular decision. But I, for one, will like it. Especially if Sanders actually is a problem in some way behind the scenes.
    From a playmaker standpoint…the Steelers will then have lost their slot receiver, their speed threat, and their wild-card guy in Rainey. So Austin may ease that damage.

  • steeltown

    I agree.. though it possibly could be more like WR selections in the 2nd and 5-6th Rd, but who knows.

    Besides Wallace and Sanders leaving, both Cotchery and Burress are UFA’s after the season.. so the WR depth chart needs some new faces.

    Its funny, everyone screams the sky is falling, but we replaced the likes of Holmes, Ward and Washington in two yrs time with Wallace, Brown and Sanders in consecutive draft classes. Theres no reason to think we cant replenish again

  • Guest

    We can’t spend 33% of our draft on WR. The position is not that important. Especially not when we have huge needs elsewhere.

  • hergieburbur

    I would think “undrafted maybe” covers that I did get that. Just like I would think “and one late” leaves the door open to draft three in your mind…

  • hergieburbur

    I can’t honestly say we have successfully replaced Ward as yet. Cotch is the closest thing to it and he is underused. Nobody else on the roster has Ward’s skill set.

    Washington was in 08, but neither he nor Holmes were any great loss.

    That said, I agree that this shows that WR isn’t that important of a spot to the Steelers, but guys with skill sets like Sanders’ are usually the ones they go for.

  • hergieburbur

    You don’t understand how the cap works AT ALL do you? We had Cap issues before he signed that contract, and they were on the horizon before he was even drafted.

  • hergieburbur

    “and HOF…Antonio Brown…Really?”

    Uhm, yeah. Really. It’s ALREADY there for being the first player with 1000 yds both receiving and returning.

    “AB had to restructure his contract this year…to save about 3 mil in cap space this year”

    That is standard Steelers MO, and has nothing at all to do with the player. You realize that the restructure does not change the amount of his contract AT ALL, right? It is THAT practice that helped get them into the current mess.

    “for a 6 round pick that has not proven himself yet.”

    As a 6th round pick, he has almost 4,000 total yards and 9 TDs in three seasons. Two really since he rode the bench most of his rookie year. Most 6th round picks don’t even make the team.

    You should probably stop talking about him if you don’t know anything about the situation. And clearly, you don’t.

  • SteelerCop

    Ok, that is your opinion…I have my own…and I say he is over paid…and does not have the stats to be paid so much…Also, keep your personal insults to yourself. If you can’t debate like an adult maybe you should not comment at all.

  • hergieburbur

    No insult was intended. I was stating my opinion that, based on your lack of knowledge of the facts regarding the HOF, his numbers, and normal production for a 6th round pick, you don’t know what you are talking about. I am sorry if that offends you, but that is how you come across.

  • SteelerCop

    I understand…Go STEELERS!

  • hergieburbur

    Trust me, I would love to see 5 more TDs and 3 or 4 hundred more yards per year out of him too. And I think we will.

  • SteelerCop

    Me too; if we keep him.

  • hergieburbur

    Brown? He isn’t going anywhere. He is a number 1 WR paid like a number 2. That is exactly the kind of guy the Steelers look for.

  • SteelerCop

    LOL…you are right…that is what the STEELERS look for…but something tells me that the STEELERS are looking for their #1 WR in this month’s draft…possibly a #2 too. If they pick a WR in the #1 round they expect him to start…just like Plex did…I’m just saying… ;-)

  • hergieburbur

    I wouldn’t bet on them picking a WR in the first. Almost every year, people want them to make the sexy WR pick, and they very rarely do. Beyond that, when a position is deep, like this year’s WR class, they don’t tend to pick that position early unless someone falls. There are no truly great first round WR prospects this year, and Patterson or Austin being there are 17 wouldn’t really be “falling” so I don’t see it. The need to pick two MIGHT change that, but I think they wait and use one of, if not both of, their threes if they let Sanders walks.

  • SteelerCop

    Yeah, I know…but like to get the best player at a certain position, if possible…like DeCastro was the bestg guard last year…I think they will pick the safety vacarro? But I want them to pick an OLB.

  • CW

    The only way I see three drafted as possible, and I do see this as possible, is that the prospects left at 17th overall are nothing the Steelers really want, so they trade down in the first, get more picks in this elite light, middle heavy draft and then look at a potential late rounder as well.

  • Jazz

    Hmm! No, I think they found Nate Washington in the 3rd round.

  • hergieburbur

    Vacarro, Elam and P Thomas are all intriguing, and I think they could get one of them with their first 2 picks. OLB, I am just not sure about. Jones has major work ethic flags, and it looks like most others who fit our scheme will be gone before 17, or not be worth the pick there.

  • hergieburbur

    Possibly, and I could easily see there not being anyone overly exciting at 17, but I honestly can’t think of the last time they traded back in the first. Anyone?

  • hergieburbur

    I checked, and we’ve only traded back in the first once (2001 for Hampton) in the past 20 years. It doesn’t appear to be their thing, though that doesn’t mean they won’t.

  • CW

    I agree they almost never do it. However if there was a year for it, this is probably it.

  • hergieburbur

    No, Washington was a UDFA in 2005.

  • Steelers32

    maybe in the past, but this is Haleys offense now, and it will flourish with physical type receivers. I would not be surprised if it is why Sanders was dangled as bait, With 6 available in the first 3 rounds, and being in a draft position where they can have their choice, it may be a fantastic move.
    One thing that can not be said is that they let an 8-8 season go unaddressed

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