Latest On Steelers, Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown is unhappy with Steelers brass and coach Mike Tomlin, but the assumption so far has been that the Steelers would not trade the wide receiver. Apparently, things have changed. In an interview with Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette, Steelers president Art Rooney II said it would be “hard to envision” Brown being with the Steelers in training camp this summer. 

There’s not much we can do right now; we have time to make a decision,” Rooney said. “We’ll look at all the options. We’re not going to release him, that’s not on the table. But I will say all other options are on the table.”

With that, it appears that one of the game’s most dangerous offensive weapons could be on the market. It’s likely that every team will have interest in adding Brown, but the cost figures to be sky high. Not only is Brown a superstar player, but trading him would also leave the Steelers saddled with an astronomical cap hit. Even though dissatisfied players are often traded for pennies on the dollar, a Brown trade could call for the forfeiture of two first-round picks, and possibly more.

Even though Rooney is leaving the door open to a possible trade, he’s not slamming the door on a potential reconciliation either.

I’m not going to use those words. All options are on the table. We have two months to go before we can do anything. There’s no sense making the decision now,” Rooney said. “We’ll see how things play out. Maybe he decides to come talk to us some day and we learn more about where he is. We’ll see.”

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42 comments on “Latest On Steelers, Antonio Brown

  1. rxbrgr

    All other options are on the table besides a release? So yeah that means they’re trading him…

    • jkoms57

      Exactly. At this point even if he apologizes, it’s too late.
      Fans all seem to be on board trading him.. just want at least a top 40 pick in return.

  2. bradthebluefish

    I don’t get why they can’t talk things out. Seriously. There’s always so much drama with the Steelers. Mike Tomlin is a great coach, but he sure as hell can’t manage superstars and their egos. Really sad. It is dooming the team.

      • tsolid

        Wish I had a bad coach that was 124-66 and never had a losing season. Tomlin is just terrible, just like every other coach NOT named Belichek

        • sigdawg25

          nice regular season record but only 8-7 in postseason. 1 playoff win in the last 5 years.

          • tsolid

            Yea.. guess losing in the playoffs makes him a bad coach. Nice logic right there. Duke hasn’t won a championship in 3 years. Kansas hasn’t won a title in awhile. I guess Bill Self is a terrible coach, since he can’t make it to the finals

            • deal1122

              You realize it’s the talent around him that’s winning right? I guarantee you a good coach does not try that fake punt in NO, and also, does not allow Steven Ridley to run the ball on third and one in a crunch time situation allowing him to fumble the ball and completely swinging momentum away

              • tsolid

                WHO else was gonna run the ball? ANYONE with a clue would’ve noticed that Samuels was gassed and needed a break. I swear people are absolute idiots.

                • jkoms57

                  Rosie Nix is one option to carry it on 3rd and 1.. I mean Tomlin thought that was ok for 4th and 6…..

      • jkoms57

        Agreed. As far as actual coaching (crunch time decisions, clock management, player development) .. he’s an F.
        As far as letting a lockerroom get out of hand.. he’s an A++

    • BruceBochyistheMarlboroMan

      Cause he tried too hard to be their friend and when the time comes to holler at them like a Coach should it falls on deaf ears. At least thats what I hear from my buddies who are Steeler fans.

      • jkoms57

        Well he didn’t have to sit a game for the Livestream during a private meeting that became national news… We can start there.
        Then there’s when he skipped a practice and said “trade me”..

    • madmanTX

      There’s drama in every team. It’s just that the media gave daily updates on Bell all season and it was a bunch of clickbait and hype.

  3. sigmanj

    Brown to the Packers for their second first rounder (Saints pick). Paired with Davonte Adams with Aaron Jones in the backfield would give LeFleur an incredible offense.

    • JJB0811

      Why trade him to a team where he can be successful? Trade him to the Cards, Jets, 9’ers or other hapless teams so he can endure losing season after season after season!

  4. tylerall5

    Maybe Gruden can be persuaded to just give up all the first rounders he’s collected for Brown, because does the draft really matter? At the end of the day, at the end of your career, at the end of time, does it really matter?

    • jkoms57

      Dumbest comment ever. Does the draft really matter? Lol.
      Nfl free agency of signing overrated/declinung players might not matter much, but idk.. ask Pete Carrol how his first 2 drafts with the Seahawks panned out……

  5. steelerbravenation

    I still say combine AB with the 20th pick and see if the 49ers jump for the number 2 overall plus a 2 or a 3. I am sure Shanahan would love a weapon to pair with Jimmy G.

  6. steelerbravenation

    If played right this could be the Steelers Hershel Walker because then you can trade that number 2 to the Giants so they can get Haskins and the price to jump up will be very high.

    • madmanTX

      Then find a sucker team…cowboys?…that would make that kind of Walker trade. Why give up a high pick though for more picks when you can take one of the top defenders in this draft—which we need to shore up our pass coverage.

  7. crosseyedlemon

    “We have two months to go before we can do anything.”

    And in the meantime Rooney will create plenty of negative propaganda to discredit Brown just as he did Harrison and Bell. And the guy wonders why players have suddenly revolted and want to leave…lol.

    • TJECK109

      Dude doesn’t have the balls to answer or return the call of the team owner. Could you imagine the owner of the company you work for calling you and not returning his call? This owner who has made him rich because of his play? Just because Antonio is good it doesn’t mean he can treat the owner or even other players on the team as he wants.

      • tsolid

        So, just because you don’t wanna talk to someone, it’s b/c of lack of balls?? “owner has made him rich” Of course his talent & market had nothing to do with that, right? He did it out of the GOODNESS of his heart, right? You’re a TOOL

        • crosseyedlemon

          How many players will have to leave before Steeler fans stop drinking the kool-aid and realize that management has created a toxic environment?

        • theeterps

          So you’re all good with players quitting on their team and not answering calls from anyone in the organization? That’s interesting.

        • madmanTX

          TSoiled, why don’t you go play with your balls elsewhere? Nobody cares about your lameass, uneducated opinions. You’re not even a Steelers fan and probably never played football. Scram, pinhead.

  8. steelerbravenation

    The Steelers are notorious for having star players leave on bad terms long before this regime. Rod Woodson one of the greatest Steelers of all time was on bad terms for years. AB has developed an ego. I really don’t think the Bell situation was personal at all. I just don’t think you could devote that much money to 3 players (AB, Bell & Ben) & still field a championship caliber club year in and year out. They chose AB because they felt RB was the easier position to fill.
    Also I can’t recall anybody saying anything bad about Bell as a player or a teammate. The situation got to where it got because both sides played their cards they were dealt. Teammates had issues with it for different reasons but I don’t recall anybody from the Rooney’s to Colbert to Tomlin saying anything negative towards Bell.

    • madmanTX

      The Steelers were usually good about getting rid of players too big for their britches, but I blame Art II and Tomlin for letting things get away. Dan wouldn’t have put up with this crap.

  9. My Niners have the need, the cash and the picks to make it happen!!! Jimmy G to AB – it’s got a real nice ring to it!!! Hopefully he’s Bay bound!

  10. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    Trading Brown now when he only has Terrell Owens level CTE before it becomes Chris Henry level CTE is probably a smart move.

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