Whether the situation can be reconciled and [we] have him back on the team next year, we're a long way from thinking that can happen. Brown's current deal with the Steelers runs through 2021, with an average annual salary of $17 million.
Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after making a catch in the second half against the New York Jets during the game on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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.
Adding to the weight of Rooney's remarks is a report Brown has ignored and refused to return multiple phone calls from the owner and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
"I'm not going to use those words", Rooney said of a trade. We have two months to go before we can do anything.
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The Raiders clearly have a need at receiver and aren't afraid to take a chance on older players so it wouldn't be surprising to see the Raiders explore a trade for Brown.
In an exclusive interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers president Art Rooney II said Thursday the team would not release Brown.
The Steelers likely will make a decision prior to the start of the league's year on March 13, when trades can start to occur. A divorce between the two seems more likely now with Rooney speaking than it didn't before.
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. He was voted to the Pro Bowl and eclipsed 100 receptions and 1,200 yards for the sixth-straight season.