Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
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Steelers President Provides Bleak Outlook On Antonio Brown’s Future With Team

Steelers President Provides Bleak Outlook On Antonio Brown’s Future With Team

On Thursday, during an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers team president Art Rooney II said that it's "hard to envision" Brown being with the team for training camp. But, he's in no hurry. The team president added he and coach Mike Tomlin have not spoken to Brown.

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

"We'll look at all the options", Rooney said.

"Whether the situation can be reconciled and have him back on the team next year, we're a long way away from thinking that can happen".

Brown and the Steelers stirred up controversy in the final week of the regular season when it was reported that Brown had sat out Pittsburgh's must-win Week 17 matchup not because of injury but because he'd been benched.

With the team scraping every penny together to find cap room to finally address some obvious deficiencies on defense since the loss of Ryan Shazier 13 months ago, throwing $21 million down the drain by moving on from Brown might not be an immediate option the Steelers are interested in navigating. Brown recently unfollowed his current team on social media and started following the 49ers, several of its players, and liked 49ers-related content, especially content which pushed a Brown-to-San-Francisco message.

In 15 games, Brown recorded 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, setting a new team record for majors. "If we decide something has to be done, we'll figure out how to deal with that".

"My belief is there's more to it than an incident one day at practice", Rooney said.

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