Steelers president open to trading A.B

Ruben Hill
January 11, 2019

Steelers president Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday that while the team isn't going to release Antonio Brown, it would be "hard to envision" the wide receiver at training camp with the team in July.

Brown's absence in Week 17 resulted in a benching for the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, and during the week Brown had a flare-up in a team setting. We're not going to release him, that's not on the table.

And that has now made an offseason for the Steelers that already was sure to be littered with questions about how to prop open that closing window of opportunity a little more ... shall we say ... drama-filled. The 30-year-old receiver reportedly asked for but did not demand a trade, and Pittsburgh will look into moving the NFL's touchdown leader in 2018.

According to league regulations, nothing can be done with Brown until March 13, the first day of the league's new year.

The Steelers would absorb $21.12 million in 2019 dead money on the salary cap by trading Brown, but taking his $22.165-million cap charge off the books would offset that cost.

Rooney says cap considerations will play a factor in how the Steelers move forward.

"There's not much we can do right now; we have time to make a decision", Rooney said, via Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette.

On top of everything that is going on, Rooney also revealed that Brown has refused to return repeated phone calls from him and coach Mike Tomlin. "That's one of the reasons I would have liked to talk to him about it - what it was and how it got to this point".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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