Antonio Brown Trade Not Off The Table Says Steelers President

Rex Christensen
January 11, 2019

In an exclusive interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers president Art Rooney II said Thursday the team would not release Brown.

Rooney told the media it would be "hard to envision" the star wide receiver in Pittsburgh next season after trade rumors and whispers of Brown's discontent with his teammates and the organization started swirling once the season ended.

We'll have to wait and see how this plays out, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Antonio Brown in a new uniform next season.

"That has to be taken into consideration, but, as I sit here today, I'm not going to say that's going to box us into anything", Rooney said. He also said the team is not closing the door on the possibility of smoothing things over with Brown, but he is not optimistic that will happen. The team president added he and coach Mike Tomlin have not spoken to Brown. On the 17th, Brown will be owed a $2.5 million roster bonus which would ultimately cost the Steelers.

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Like clockwork, 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley continued the team's efforts to recruit the WR, by tweeting a hand-waving emoji at Brown, in response to the receiver posting a picture of himself shaking hands with Rooney. Right now, the Steelers are about $28 million under the cap, but that only accounts for 38 players currently under contract.

A seven-time Pro Bowl and four-time All-Pro selection, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns in 2018.

Brown has not formally requested a trade. We have two months to go before we can do anything.

Rooney says cap considerations will play a factor in how the Steelers move forward.

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