Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Steelers president: 'Hard to envision' WR Antonio Brown being back

Steelers president: 'Hard to envision' WR Antonio Brown being back

The Steelers have until March 13, the start of the new league year, to decide what needs to be done with Brown.

That's a pretty damning statement to make on perhaps the game's best receiver, although given that the team believes Brown quit on them down the stretch.

The post seems to be a sarcastic response to Rooney II's apparent willingness to deal Brown this offseason, who has posted at least 1,250 receiving yards in six straight seasons. But I will say all other options are on the table.Whether the situation can be reconciled and have him back on the team next year, we're a long way away from thinking that can happen. His cap hit next season is about $22 million, which would be Detroit's second highest after Stafford. He only played in 15 games after being forced to sit their must-win season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.

When Rooney was asked specifically about the possibility of a trade, he replied, "I'm not going to use those words". We'll see how things play out. As Dulac pointed out, Brown is slated to receive a $2.5-million bonus from the club on March 17 and logic tells us the Steelers would more than likely target that as their decision date.

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

Rooney acknowledged that teammates' opinions about Brown possibly returning in 2019 will be factors in the decision-making process.

Shortly after Rooney's comments went viral on Twitter, Brown posted a photo of himself with the Steelers owner along with the caption "Good Business". 49ers tight end George Kittle was quick to reach out to Brown, tweeting "Sup?" at the seven-time Pro Bowler. Another mid-round pick and a roster player would likely have to be part of the package as well.

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