Steelers President Art Rooney II Releases Strong Statement Regarding Antonio Brown

  • Steelers President Art Rooney II Releases Strong Statement Regarding Antonio Brown

Steelers President Art Rooney II Releases Strong Statement Regarding Antonio Brown

The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to release disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown, but owner Art Rooney II doesn't envision him being with the team when players report to training camp in July.

In an exclusive interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers president Art Rooney II said Thursday the team would not release Brown. "We'll look at all the options. We're not closing the door on anything at this point".

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.

"I've heard that Antonio Brown does not want to be traded and he wants to play in Pittsburgh and he wants to try to win a Super Bowl there", King said.

"The bottom line is we were playing a significant game and he didn't do a good enough job of communicating of being available in the hours leading up to that performance", Tomlin said at the time.

The Antonio Brown story isn't going away anytime soon unless the Steelers decide to pull the trigger on a trade before a $2.5 million roster bonus kicks in five days after the start of the new league year in March.

"That has to be taken into consideration, but, as I sit here today, I'm not going to say that's going to box us into anything", Rooney told Dulac.

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.