Rumor: Peter King says Antonio Brown doesn’t want Steelers to trade him
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jan 12, 2019,
Jan 12, 2019, 1:01
Brown to this day has refused to return repeated phone calls from Rooney or Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin, according to the Post-Gazette.
The Steelers face a $21 million cap hit if they trade Brown this offseason. Whether the situation can be reconciled and [we] have him back on the team next year, we're a long way from thinking that can happen. 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. But there's no sense on closing the door on anything today.
As to if Brown will be with the team come training camp, Rooney said: "As we sit here today, it's hard to envision that".
Brown missed the team's 2018 finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Rooney also went on to mention how he feels as if the relationship between Brown and the organization will be tough to mend. "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".
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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.
Brown sent out a cryptic tweet on Thursday following Rooney's comment with a picture of the Brown and Rooney shaking hands and the caption, "Good Business #Boomin".
The four-time first-team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection has led the National Football League in receptions twice (2014, 2015) and receiving yards twice (2014, 2017).
In the meantime, teams in the market for a receiver averaging 1,524.2 yards and 11.2 touchdowns per season since 2013 should begin preparing their bids.