Steelers owner all but confirms team will part ways with Antonio Brown

Tanya Simon
January 11, 2019

"I've heard that Antonio Brown does not want to be traded and he wants to play in Pittsburgh and he wants to try to win a Super Bowl there", King said, via Dave Bryan of Steelers Depot. But, he's in no hurry. According to Rooney, Pittsburgh has no plans to release Brown but absolutely has left the door open to trading Brown at some point prior to training camp.

"As we sit here today, it's hard to envision that". But I will say all other options are on the table.

The report comes from Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who tweeted out the following on Thursday afternoon. We're not going to release him, that's not on the table. On the 17th, Brown will be owed a $2.5 million roster bonus which would ultimately cost the Steelers. That, of course, means the two sides could always make up and get back together, but it also means the Steelers could actually trade Brown.

Brown responded not so quietly with a picture of himself and Rooney with the caption, "Good Business #Boomin".

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A team such as the San Francisco 49ers could be interested, as they have the cap space and the need for a wide receiver to help spur the offense. That brought about plenty of speculation that Brown had played his final game in Pittsburgh's black and yellow.

The internal troubles with Brown may be the biggest factor that keeps the 49ers from pulling the trigger on a trade for the nine-year veteran. We have two months to go before we can do anything.

Rooney said in the interview that salary cap implications would not "box us into anything".

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