Antonio Brown Trade Not Off The Table Says Steelers President

Doug Mendoza
January 11, 2019

"That has to be taken into consideration", Rooney told the Post-Gazette of cap implications, "but, as I sit here today, I'm not going to say that's going to box us into anything".

Rooney added the team hasn't made any firm decisions, though it won't simply cut Brown.

Brown responded not so quietly with a picture of himself and Rooney with the caption, "Good Business #Boomin". Right now, the Steelers are about $28 million under the cap, but that only accounts for 38 players currently under contract. They are desperate for wide receiver help though, and Brown is the style of receiver 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan covets.

The four-time first-team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection has led the National Football League in receptions twice (2014, 2015) and receiving yards twice (2014, 2017).

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The 30-year-old Brown has fueled speculation that he wants out of Pittsburgh since the end of the campaign by posting photos of Rice from his 49ers days on social media.

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. Whether Brown possibly could come back remains a big hurdle if Rooney's words are to be believed.

Rooney said the cap hit would not play into the team's decision.

They also previously cut LeGarrette Blount and James Harrison following those players' perceived breaks from rank, but those situations clearly were different from what's going on with Brown - an elite player in the prime of his career.

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