Antonio Brown likely on his way out with Steelers: owner

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Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday that the team wouldn't cut Brown, but they would explore other options of moving the wide receiver out of the Steel City.

As the Post-Gazette reported, the Steelers can't do anything with Brown until the 2019 season officially starts on March 13th. But, he's in no hurry. Whether the situation can be reconciled and have him back on the team next year, we're a long way from thinking that can happen. "We're not closing the door on anything at this point", Rooney said. "So, there's no reason why they have to hurry and make a decision right now, which would be a decision made out of weakness and made out of vulnerability". Brown has reportedly refused calls from Rooney and head coach Mike Tomlin.

Unfortunately for the 49ers players, their social media outreach won't do much good in light of Rooney's comments that Brown won't be released. Right now, the Steelers are about $28 million under the cap, but that only accounts for 38 players currently under contract.

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The 49ers have developed a strong locker room culture though, and the players will likely be consulted on some level if the front office decides to pursue a trade for the seven-time Pro Bowler. The Raiders also are stocked with draft-pick currency (three first-rounders) and need WR help. That brought about plenty of speculation that Brown had played his final game in Pittsburgh's black and yellow. Whether Brown possibly could come back remains a big hurdle if Rooney's words are to be believed.

The Brown situation is certainly a freaky one.

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