Art II: 'Hard To Envision' Antonio Brown Staying With Steelers In 2019

Art II: 'Hard To Envision' Antonio Brown Staying With Steelers In 2019

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

Some context: Brown reportedly requested a trade early last week after he sat out of the Steelers season finale, following a dispute with Ben Rothlisberger.

Rooney added the team hasn't made any firm decisions, though it won't simply cut Brown. However, the fact Rooney presented a willingness to depart with Brown means that trade offers for the receiver won't need to start as high as they would have if Pittsburgh was set on keeping him. The Steelers would save more than $15 million in real money in 2019, but they would owe $21.12 million in dead money against the cap, compared to Brown's $22.165 million cap hit if he remains on the roster. "If we decide something has to be done, we'll figure out how to deal with that".

"The bottom line is we were playing a significant game and he didn't do a good enough job of communicating of being available in the hours leading up to that performance", Tomlin said at the time.

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The Antonio Brown situation has reached a level of seriousness where the Steelers' team president is now saying publicly that he doesn't expect Brown to be with the team when training camp begins in July and that everything short of a release is on the table.

We'll have to wait and see how this plays out, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Antonio Brown in a new uniform next season. A divorce between the two seems more likely now with Rooney speaking than it didn't before.

Brown sent out a cryptic tweet on Thursday following Rooney's comment with a picture of the Brown and Rooney shaking hands and the caption, "Good Business #Boomin". Kittle's 1,377 receiving yards in 2018 were the most gained in a single-season by a TE in National Football League history.

Brown ranks second in Steelers history behind Hines Ward in career receptions (837), receiving yards (11,207) and touchdown catches (74).

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