Antonio Brown’s Response To Trade Rumors Is Going Viral

Lynette Rowe
January 11, 2019

The Steelers failed to make the playoffs this season, finishing with a record of 9-6-1. But I will say all other options are on the table.

"That has to be taken into consideration", Rooney told the Post-Gazette of cap implications, "but, as I sit here today, I'm not going to say that's going to box us into anything".

Brown has not returned phone calls from the team - including Rooney, head coach Mike Tomlin and others who have reached out. 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. "If we decide something has to be done, we'll figure out how to deal with that".

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"All other options" could only conceivably mean a trade since Rooney also relayed to Gulac that he didn't foresee Brown sticking with the Steelers in the long term. He then showed up to play against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the team held Brown out. The asking price for Brown will likely be high. Once again, after dealing with the Le'Veon Bell contract situation for two years and finally moving on from him, the Steelers are embroiled in yet another conflict with a star skill-position player that might drag on. "All options are on the table".

Pittsburgh can't trade him until March 13, meaning the Steelers have two months to smooth things over with the NFL's best receiver or else they might be forced to find a new home for him. "So, there's no reason why they have to hurry and make a decision right now, which would be a decision made out of weakness and made out of vulnerability".

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