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Steelers President Provides Bleak Outlook On Antonio Brown’s Future With Team

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Cary Erickson | 11 January, 2019, 05:27

"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".

The report comes from Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who tweeted out the following on Thursday afternoon. "We're not closing the door on anything at this point", Rooney said. All the recruiting in the world doesn't matter if the Steelers trade him elsewhere. 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.

Brown and the Steelers stirred up controversy in the final week of the regular season when it was reported that Brown had sat out Pittsburgh's must-win Week 17 matchup not because of injury but because he'd been benched. There were reports from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of a confrontation with a teammate and Brown skipping out on team meetings and practices leading to the game. He'll turn 31 in the summer. This won't be resolved anytime soon - March at the earliest.

Last year, all eyes were on running back Le'Veon Bell.

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"I'm not going to use those words", Rooney said of a trade.

The Steelers now have two months to figure it all out. There's no sense making the decision now.

Though Brown, 30, wants out, it's unclear what the price tag would be for the wideout who finished with 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns during the 2018 season. It certainly sounds like the Steelers are open for business or, at the very least, open to the idea of being open for business.