Rooney said the team had no plans to release the four-time all-pro but that "all other options are on the table" for the player's future.
Steelers president Art Rooney II says they wont cut Antonio Brown, but all other options are on the table
Steelers president Art Rooney II said it would be hard to envision Antonio Brown with the team next season.
Sources close to Brown said the All-Pro has been frustrated with team dynamics for a while but has not mentioned the desire for a trade since the season ended.
More: Opinion: Pittsburgh Steelers need to trade Antonio Brown, should talk with these 8 NFL teams Trading Brown would result in approximately $21 million in dead salary cap space for Pittsburgh, although the team would be cleared of his salary of more than $22 million.
(Photo: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after the season that he was disappointed by Brown's actions and communication in the final week, saying that his phone calls and texts to the receiver had not been returned.
But Rooney said the team would not be hamstrung by cap considerations in its decision making with Brown.
The full story from The P-G Rooney stopped short of telling The Post-Gazette Brown would be traded, but did note that all options are on the table.
Art Rooney II: Antonio Brown return hard to envision right now
Big news on Antonio Brown from Art Rooney II. Full story from @gerrydulac.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) looks on during warm-ups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field.
#BREAKING: #Steelers president Art Rooney II has reportedly said while the team isnt going to release wide receiver Antonio Brown, its hard to envision him at training camp this summer.
Steelers president Art Rooney II said the team is not going to release Antonio Brown, but “all other options are on the table.” Details via @gerrydulac:
Reflecting on the star wide receiver's actions at the end of the season, which multiple reports said included a halftime departure from a Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals for which he was inactive after skipping practices and other team functions throughout the week, Steelers owner and president Art Rooney II told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette it would be "hard to envision" Brown returning to the team for training camp this summer.
Full credit to @gerrydulac for getting the Art II story. Great stuff. How about this graph: “He has refused to return repeated phone calls from Rooney and coach Mike Tomlin.” Unbelievable. AB has to go.
Neither Rooney nor Tomlin have heard back from repeated attempts to reach Brown since the season ended.
Steelers president Art Rooney II was asked by @gerrydulac if itd be hard to envision Antonio Brown at training camp: “As we sit here today, it’s hard to envision that. But there’s no sense on closing the door on anything today.
Rooney said he will talk to some key players to see how they feel about Brown, 30, returning next season.
ROONEY SPEAKS: In an exclusive with @PGSportsNow s @gerrydulac the #Steelers owner said its hard to envision Antonio Brown being with the team.
Rooney said in the Post-Gazette interview that it would be "hard to envision" Brown as part of the team when it reports to training camp in late July.
Rooney made clear to The Post-Gazette that he wasn’t dismissing the possibility of Brown playing for the Steelers again, but in the absence of communication from him, it was hard to envision.