The Steelers are a mess, and to their troubles - which include a tie against the Browns, a loss to the Chiefs, and a holdout by All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell - they can now add wide receiver Antonio Brown.
"I don't think he wants traded", Roethlisberger said.
Asked if he's exhausted of Brown being the same player he's asked about repeatedly regarding social media issues, Tomlin bristled, then pointed to his team's 0-1-1 record heading into a Monday Night Football matchup with the 2-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The best offensive player is out there coolin' it on the jet skis, the best receiver is skipping work in a huff, and the head coach is trying to piece it all together to prevent this season from slipping away entirely before the calendar page even turns to October. I'll address that very directly with him.
Roethlisberger was asked on his radio show if he thought that was a serious trade request.
Rosenhaus also has stated that Brown is not actually looking for a trade. I won't utilize this forum to address such things. "I just assume leave those things in house". Said Tomlin: "I just want to stay focused on what's real and what's important: our preparation and our play this week, not only ours collectively but his included". There were some negative exchanges on the sideline. I understand sometimes you have some negativity. That's frustration associated with not playing well and not winning.
"The tweet yesterday was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows", Rosenhaus said.
Pittsburgh sits at 0-1-1 after tying the Browns in Week 1 and losing Sunday's shootout. "We want to put together a good plan".
"He's been a significant reason why we've been successful around here", Tomlin said of Brown.