Art Rooney open to trade for Antonio Brown
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 12, 2019,
Jan 12, 2019, 1:04
Antonio Brown made public comments about how he's going to make public comments about the Pittsburgh Steelers' openness to trading him over unbecoming behavior. Brown has been ruled out of the game due to injury.
Yesterday, Steelers president Art Rooney II said it would be hard to see Brown returning to the team in 2019, and while they wouldn't release him from the team outright, they are keeping all options open in regards to a possible trade.
Rooney added the team hasn't made any firm decisions, though it won't simply cut Brown. "We'll look at all the options". But I will say all other options are on the table.
"That's one of the questions we have to answer - whether we can get to a point where we all feel good about him being on the roster next year", Rooney said. But there's no sense on closing the door on anything today.
Rooney says that "all other options are on the table", which indicates that the Steelers are willing to trade Brown. He only played in 15 games after being forced to sit their must-win season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also said they need to put more talent around Matthew Stafford. Rumors began swirling about a disagreement between the receiver and the team's franchise quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, after Pittsburgh chose to make Brown inactive against the Cincinnati Bengals.
San Francisco isn't the only team with draft assets to facilitate a deal and the cap space to fit Brown's $22 million cap hit next season, then his $18 million and $19 million hits the next two years. "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". We'll see how things play out. Maybe he decides to come talk to us some day and we learn more about where he is. The statement is the first concrete, on-the record indication that the Steelers are looking to trade Brown this offseason.