Team president Art Rooney II told reporters last month that something changed with Brown the last week of the season and he wasn't sure why. "Time to move on and forward".
Brown, a four-time All-Pro, has been embroiled in a dispute with the Steelers, who openly have discussed the possibility of trading him. The Steelers won the game but missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Brown's tweet and request came on the same day he was found guilty of reckless driving after failing to show up for his trial. Brown was charged in November for driving his black sports auto over 100 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone.
It has also emerged Brown was hit with two lawsuits in October for an incident that allegedly occurred at his South Florida high-rise last April. ESPN reports that Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17. However, his contract makes it unlikely that Brown would be traded. Brown has recorded at least 1,200 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in each of those campaigns, with a 1,698-yard, 13-touchdown season in 2014 marking career-highs in both categories. Brown will be 31-years old when the 2019 National Football League season kicks off, putting him right in Gruden's wheelhouse, but the Raiders should stay away from using such draft assets on an aging wide receiver this time around.