Antonio Brown asks Steelers for trade, thanks Pittsburgh fans on Instagram

It looks like Antonio Brown already has made up his mind. The wide receiver reportedly has asked the he Pittsburgh Steelers to trade him.

It’s the latest move in a game of brinksmanship by the 30-year-old perennial Pro Bowler, designed to force Pittsburgh to move him by the start of training camp this summer.

Brown appeared to make his decision official in a social-media post released on Instagram on Tuesday. The video includes highlights from Brown’s career with the Steelers while lyrics from “Do What I Want” by rapper Lil Uzi Vert plays in the background.

“SteelerNation thank you for nine big years!!!” Brown wrote. “Time to move on and move forward.”

The post came shortly after Brown was found guilty in absence on a charge of reckless driving in a suburban Pittsburgh court. He was charged in November for driving his sports car over 100 mph in a 45 mph zone. He paid a $426.77 fine.

Brown still has three years remaining on the $72 million contract he signed in the spring of 2017, and remains one of the most dynamic performers in the league. He is the only player in NFL history with six consecutive 100-catch seasons and he hauled in 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a franchise-record 15 touchdowns in 2018.

• The Houston Texans released wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, whose 2018 season ended prematurely when he tore his left Achilles tendon.

Thomas played seven games for Houston last season, making 23 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He was acquired in October from Denver for a fourth-round draft pick in April.

For his nine pro seasons, Thomas has 688 catches for 9,330 yards with 62 touchdowns. He has made four Pro Bowls, and won the 2015 NFL title with the Broncos.

• The Buffalo Bills signed offensive lineman Spencer Long to a three-year contract, a week after the New York Jets cut Long to free up nearly $6.5 million from next season’s salary cap.

College football: Mississippi will vacate 33 wins over six seasons as part of its punishment in a recently resolved NCAA infractions case against the school. That was on top of several other punishments in the case, including a two-year postseason ban, probation and scholarship restrictions.

The school vacated wins in 2010 (four), 2011, (two), 2012 (seven), 2013 (seven), 2014 (eight) and 2016 (five). The 2010 and 2011 wins were under head coach Houston Nutt. All the other vacated wins were under head coach Hugh Freeze.

Skiing: At the Alpine world championships in Are, Sweden, Ramon Zenhausern edged Marco Schwarz in the final run as Switzerland narrowly beat rival Austria to follow up its Olympic title with gold in the team event.

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