Antonio Brown likely on his way out with Steelers: owner

6 guys the Steelers shouldn't bring back for 2019

6 guys the Steelers shouldn't bring back for 2019

Not helping matters: Nobody from the Steelers has officially spoken with Brown since December 30, the day the Steelers' season ended without a playoff berth. The team president added he and coach Mike Tomlin have not spoken to Brown. We're not going to release him, that's not on the table.

"All options are on the table", Rooney said. 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.

As to if Brown will be with the team come training camp, Rooney said: "As we sit here today, it's hard to envision that".

"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.

The internal troubles with Brown may be the biggest factor that keeps the 49ers from pulling the trigger on a trade for the nine-year veteran. He then showed up to play against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the team held Brown out. However, Brown will be 31 when the 2019 season kicks off so if the asking price is too high, San Francisco may not be interested. 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.

When Rooney was asked specifically about the possibility of a trade, he replied, "I'm not going to use those words". "All options are on the table".

The Steelers now have two months to figure it all out. "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". It certainly sounds like the Steelers are open for business or, at the very least, open to the idea of being open for business.

In the meantime, teams in the market for a receiver averaging 1,524.2 yards and 11.2 touchdowns per season since 2013 should begin preparing their bids.

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