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Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney said it was highly likely the receiver, Antonio Brown, could be traded before next season.
according to Gerry Dulac of Pittsburgh Post-GazetteRooney said Brown would not be released but that "all other options are on the table".
"We are going to look at all the options, we will not release it, it 's not on the table," said Rooney. "But I will say that all the other options are on the table."
Brown seemed to respond cryptically to news on Instagram:
Although Brown failed to make his sixth consecutive All-Pro team in 2018, his uncertain future is not due to his playing on the field.
Dulac and Ed Bouchette of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported after the match of the 17th week against the Cincinnati Bengals that the receiver had skipped the entire week of training after a showdown with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He was declared inactive for the match and not for a knee injury, as the Steelers had announced.
Two days after the match, Jason La Canfora CBS Sports reported that Brown had requested an exchange following his "problems" with Roethlisberger and head coach Mike Tomlin. It now seems that the team is willing to accede to his request.
There will undoubtedly be significant demand for Brown on the trading block, but the financial situation could be a drag.
according to Will Brinson At CBS Sports, the Steelers will have $ 21.1 million in maneuvering room if the receiver is cut or traded, which would represent 8 to 10% of the overall salary cap. The team would save $ 15 million in cash if it was not on the list, even if the Pittsburgh options would be limited.
Nevertheless, Rooney noted that this would not necessarily prevent an agreement.
"[The salary cap] It must be taken into account, but as I sit here today, I am not going to say that we will lock ourselves in anything, "said the owner. If we decide that something needs to be done, we will know how to deal with it. "
With an exit, the Steelers would lose that ceiling without getting anything in return, which is why it seems like a non-strategist for the front office.
On the other hand, an exchange could allow the team to replace its star player with assets to collectively fill Brown's void on the field.