Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II said the team won't release Antonio Brown, but "all other options are on the table" for the star receiver's future, according to Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Detroit is listed with the second-best odds to acquire Brown, either via trade or by signing him if the Steelers decide to release him. The team president added he and coach Mike Tomlin have not spoken to Brown.
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".
The ongoing Antonio Brown saga in Pittsburgh has fans and analysts speculating over potential trade destinations - but the general consensus seemed to be that the financial implications of cutting ties with Brown should ensure that he remains a Steeler. However, the team would save $15.1 million in cash. Right now, the Steelers are about $28 million under the cap, but that only accounts for 38 players currently under contract.More news: India vs Australia | Never Seen a Batsman Concentrate Like Pujara: Langer
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The 49ers have been in the market for a true No. 1 wide receiver since John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan took over. He also indicated that the issues with Brown at the end of the season are likely part of a broader problem. He then showed up to play against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the team held Brown out. There's plenty to sort out with the team in general after missing the postseason, and the recent rash of drama that has inflicted it the past few years clearly has had an effect on the on-field product.
Rooney says cap considerations will play a factor in how the Steelers move forward.
Back and forth they go in the Steel City. However, the fact Rooney presented a willingness to depart with Brown means that trade offers for the receiver won't need to start as high as they would have if Pittsburgh was set on keeping him.