Steelers president Art Rooney II leaves option of trading Antonio Brown open

Steelers president Art Rooney II leaves option of trading Antonio Brown open

"We don't have to make those decisions right now".

Brown caught more than 100 passes for the sixth consecutive year this season. He also ruled out the possibility of the team releasing him, but acknowledged that "all other options are on the table". The Steelers would absorb $21.12 million in 2019 dead money on the salary cap by trading Brown, but taking his $22.165 million cap charge off the books would offset that cost.

Brown has not returned phone calls from the team - including Rooney, head coach Mike Tomlin and others who have reached out.

"I'm not going to use those words", Rooney said of a trade.

Pittsburgh can't trade him until March 13, meaning the Steelers have two months to smooth things over with the NFL's best receiver or else they might be forced to find a new home for him. Sources close to Brown said the All-Pro has been frustrated with team dynamics for a while but has not mentioned the desire for a trade since the season ended. There's no sense making the decision now. Brown's $2.5 million roster bonus due March 17 would incentivize the Steelers to deal him.

"My belief is there's more to it than an incident one day at practice", the Steelers' president said.

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.

As for Rice, the three-time Super Bowl champion owns the National Football League career receiving records for catches, yards, and touchdowns.



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