According to Rooney, Pittsburgh has no plans to release Brown but absolutely has left the door open to trading Brown at some point prior to training camp. On the 17th, Brown will be owed a $2.5 million roster bonus which would ultimately cost the Steelers.
Brown, 30, did not play in the Steelers' regular-season finale, which saw Pittsburgh miss out on the playoffs despite a 16-13 win over the Bengals.
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants to add to his staff, bringing another full-time assistant beyond the staff he carried past year.
Just last February, the Steelers decided Brown was worth a four-year, $68 million extension, the richest in National Football League history for a wide receiver at the time.
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Ryan Saunders , who had been an assistant coach for the Timberwolves since 2014, said he met with each of his players on Monday. When the real mayor of Oklahoma City saw the post, let's just say he wasn't too happy about it.
Antonio Brown may not have asked to be traded by the Steelers, but Pittsburgh is certainly entertaining the option. The Steelers would be on the hook for $21.1 million in dead money if they were to move Brown.
Rooney indicates that the player has still refused to return phone calls from himself, Tomlin and teammates and did not appear for the compulsory end-of-season evaluation. "If we decide something has to be done, we'll figure out how to deal with that". We'll see how things play out. Brown sent out a cryptic tweet on Thursday following Rooney's comment with a picture of the Brown and Rooney shaking hands and the caption, "Good Business #Boomin".
Brown ranks second in Steelers history behind Hines Ward in career receptions (837), receiving yards (11,207) and touchdown catches (74).