Art II: 'Hard To Envision' Antonio Brown Staying With Steelers In 2019

Ross Houston
January 11, 2019

"We're not closing the door on anything at this point". "We don't have to make those decisions right now".

With the team scraping every penny together to find cap room to finally address some obvious deficiencies on defense since the loss of Ryan Shazier 13 months ago, throwing $21 million down the drain by moving on from Brown might not be an immediate option the Steelers are interested in navigating.

Some context: Brown reportedly requested a trade early last week after he sat out of the Steelers season finale, following a dispute with Ben Rothlisberger. The team president added he and coach Mike Tomlin have not spoken to Brown.

The report comes from Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who tweeted out the following on Thursday afternoon.

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.

"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, via Dave Bryan of Steelers Depot. We'll see how things play out. He also indicated that the issues with Brown at the end of the season are likely part of a broader problem.

Brown responded not so quietly with a picture of himself and Rooney with the caption, "Good Business #Boomin".

The four-time first-team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection has led the National Football League in receptions twice (2014, 2015) and receiving yards twice (2014, 2017).

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