Art Rooney open to trade for Antonio Brown

Jo Caldwell
January 12, 2019

But, as Art Rooney II told the Post-Gazette Thursday, while it's "hard to envision" Brown being with the team in 2019, that's not going to be because the Steelers have released the disgruntled receiver.

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. But, he's in no hurry.

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Brown has an NFL-record six consecutive 100-catch seasons and recorded a league-high 15 touchdowns in 2018. Whether Brown possibly could come back remains a big hurdle if Rooney's words are to be believed.

Pittsburgh would be giving up a great receiver if they let Brown leave, but at this point they seem to think he's not worth the hassle. "If we decide something has to be done, we'll figure out how to deal with that".

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"The bottom line is we were playing a significant game and he didn't do a good enough job of communicating of being available in the hours leading up to that performance", Tomlin said at the time. There's no sense making the decision now. "We don't have to make those decisions right now". We'll see how things play out. Brown also is very close with Pro Bowl TE George Kittle and has started following several 49ers players and the team's official account on Twitter, so make of that what you wish.

Rooney told Gulac that there was more than just one incident that led to the receiver walking out of a practice and missing post-season meetings.

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Adding to the weight of Rooney's remarks is a report Brown has ignored and refused to return multiple phone calls from the owner and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. "That's one of the reasons I would have liked to talk to him about it - what it was and how it got to this point".

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