Brown asks for trade

The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven't decided whether there's a path for wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown to return in 2019.

Not that it matters to Brown. He's already made up his mind.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the perennial Pro Bowler has formally asked the Steelers for a trade, the latest move in a game of brinksmanship by the 30-year-old designed to force Pittsburgh to move him by the start of training camp this summer.

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.

There is no major rush with another month before the new league year begins, though Pittsburgh could work out the parameters of a deal by March 13. Brown's contract counts $21.12 million in 2019, a number that inches north to $23.62 million if Brown receives a $2.5 million roster bonus he's scheduled to receive on March 17.

Brown sign RB Hunt

The Cleveland Browns signed Kareem Hunt two months after the star running back was released by Kansas City after a video showed him kicking a woman last year.

Hunt was placed on the NFL's commissioner's exempt list hours before the Chiefs released him, a move that drew public support after he was seen in a physical altercation with the woman during an argument in the lobby of a downtown hotel where he stayed.

Hunt was in his second season with Kansas City and was one of the team's best players. He led the NFL in rushing as a rookie in 2017.

The Browns are now giving the 23-year-old, who is from Cleveland, a chance to restart his career.

Washington faces charges

California authorities have filed criminal charges against Nebraska running back Maurice Washington, who is suspected of possessing a video of his underage high school girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people and sending it to the girl less than a year ago.

Clarissa Hamilton, supervisor of the sexual assault unit in the Santa Clara County Attorney's Office in San Jose, California, said Washington faces two charges: a felony count of possessing a video or photograph of a person under 18 who is engaging in or simulating sexual conduct and a misdemeanor count of posting a video or photograph of a person engaging in or simulating sexual conduct without consent.

— Associated Press

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