Brown officially requests trade from Steelers

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What the Steelers end up doing with Brown could end up having some major ramifications on the receiver market.

Paired with the news of the official trade request was a tweet from the star pass-catcher to the Steelers and their fans saying it's "time to move on and forward".

ESPN later reported Brown officially asked to be dealt. His saga will likely remain one of the biggest stories of the National Football League offseason over the next few months. The woman did not press charges and Brown was not arrested.

He is now suing the woman for full custody of the child, Brown's attorney told the Daily Mail. He has since filed for custody of his daughter in the wake of the alleged incident.

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He accused building security of being behind the alleged theft, according to police reports.

The Steelers have significant financial implications attached to trading Brown, with a dead cap hits north of $21 million or $23.6 million depending on when they move him. For one, they now are in search of a franchise quarterback, which will be needed to appeal to Brown or any receiver for that matter. He's a four-time first-team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler who has racked up more than 9,000 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns in the last six seasons.

Some might have imagined the Patriots would steer clear of Brown trade anyway, especially considering the likely high asking price and the 30-year-old's propensity for causing headaches.