Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Steelers' Rooney: 'Hard to envision' Brown staying

Steelers' Rooney: 'Hard to envision' Brown staying

The team's President of Football Operations, Art Rooney II, spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the future of Brown with the team.

"There's not much we can do right now; we have time to make a decision", Rooney said.

Brown seemingly knew of the owner's comments; he posted a picture of himself and Rooney on Instagram along with the vague caption: "Good business #Boomin".

King adds that the Steelers will likely listen to offers and that they will pull the trigger on a trade if they like what they are receiving, but he thinks that eventually, Brown and Mike Tomlin will meet and settle things. His cap hit next season is about $22 million, which would be Detroit's second highest after Stafford. The star wide receiver allegedly threw a ball at quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and asked why the team wouldn't trade him. Another mid-round pick and a roster player would likely have to be part of the package as well.

Perhaps the Colts or Jets, two teams flush with cap room, could place an inquiry. The Steelers have until March 13, the start of the new league year, to decide what needs to be done with Brown. He only played in 15 games after being forced to sit their must-win season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rooney says cap considerations will play a factor in how the Steelers move forward.

"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.

They also previously cut LeGarrette Blount and James Harrison following those players' perceived breaks from rank, but those situations clearly were different from what's going on with Brown - an elite player in the prime of his career.

Back and forth they go in the Steel City.

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