Friday, 18 January, 2019

Antonio Brown likely on his way out with Steelers: owner

Antonio Brown Peter King Steelers owner Art Rooney II doesn't envision Antonio Brown remaining with Pittsburgh
Kristopher Love | 11 January, 2019, 15:13

The Steelers failed to make the playoffs this season, finishing with a record of 9-6-1.

The door for a team to acquire wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Steelers cracked open a little wider Thursday.

"All options are on the table", Rooney said.

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants to add to his staff, bringing another full-time assistant beyond the staff he carried previous year. Whether the situation can be reconciled and have him back on the team next year, we're a long way from thinking that can happen. He hasn't picked up when Rooney and Mike Tomlin have called him. The Steelers would be on the hook for $21.1 million in dead money if they were to move Brown. "If we decide something has to be done, we'll figure out how to deal with that".

Brown and the Steelers stirred up controversy in the final week of the regular season when it was reported that Brown had sat out Pittsburgh's must-win Week 17 matchup not because of injury but because he'd been benched. You can probably rule out, for instance, new Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians from any provisional trade-destination list, as he and Brown aren't necessarily on the best of terms. He then showed up to play against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the team held Brown out.

When Rooney was asked specifically about the possibility of a trade, he replied, "I'm not going to use those words. So, there's no reason why they have to hurry and make a decision right now, which would be a decision made out of weakness and made out of vulnerability".