Rooney doubting AB’s return
From Mirror reports
PITTSBURGH — Time could be running out on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown when it comes to his future with the team.
According to published reports Thursday, team owner Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that he doesn’t feel good about Brown being in camp with the team when the 2019 begins this summer.
“As we sit here today, it’s hard to envision that,” he told Gerry Dulac of the Post Gazette.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Rooney said Brown would not be released but that “all other options are on the table.”
Dulac was also told by Rooney “whether the situation can be reconciled and have him back on the team next year, we’re a long way away from thinking that can happen.”
The Steelers have had off-the-field drama before with Brown but the week 17 antics were front-and-center after the team was eliminated from the playoffs on the final day of the season. During that week, various news outlets had Brown yelling at quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in practice, as well as him skipping practices and team meetings.
“If we decide something has to be done, we’ll figure out how to deal with that,” Rooney told Dulac.
One aspect of trading Brown is the $21.1 million hit the Steelers would take on the salary cap. Rooney told Dulac that would not prevent the team from dealing him.
“There’s no sense making the decision now,” Rooney told Fowler.
Brown’s only response came via his Twitter account.
Good Business #Boomin pic.twitter.com/LQPrBuuYPR
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 10, 2019