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. Brown has been ruled out of the game due to injury.
Rooney added that it was "hard to envision" Brown still being with the team when training camp opens in July. "We'll look at all the options".
"That's one of the questions we have to answer - whether we can get to a point where we all feel good about him being on the roster next year", Rooney said. He also said they need to put more talent around Matthew Stafford. Pittsburgh may ask for a first-round pick for the receiver. As a result, there would be serious cap implications if Pittsburgh were to move on.
The Steelers would absorb $21.12 million in 2019 dead money on the salary cap by trading Brown, but taking his $22.165 million cap charge off the books would offset that cost.
"We don't have to make those decisions right now". "If we decide something has to be done, we'll figure out how to deal with that".
"I'm not going to use those words", Rooney said of a trade. All options are on the table. We'll see how things play out.
Brown has reportedly requested to be traded.
Rooney acknowledged that teammates' opinions about Brown possibly returning in 2019 will be factors in the decision-making process.
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. 49ers tight end George Kittle was quick to reach out to Brown, tweeting "Sup?" at the seven-time Pro Bowler.
In 15 games, Brown recorded 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, setting a new team record for majors.