Steelers president Art Rooney finds it 'hard to envision' Antonio Brown with team next season

Antonio Brown may not have asked to be traded by the Steelers, but Pittsburgh is certainly entertaining the option.

Team president Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday the team is open to every option this offseason except for releasing the seven-time Pro Bowl player.

“There’s not much we can do right now; we have time to make a decision,” Rooney said. “We’ll look at all the options. We’re not going to release him, that’s not on the table. But I will say all other options are on the table.

“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. We’re not closing the door on anything at this point.”

Rooney went on to say it would be “hard to envision” Brown reporting to training camp with the team next season.

Brown, 30, did not play in the Steelers’ regular-season finale, which saw Pittsburgh miss out on the playoffs despite a 16-13 win over the Bengals. He reportedly had been benched for getting into an altercation with a teammate during practice and missing a meeting the night before the game. 

If the Steelers were to trade Brown, the price tag would likely be high, according to NFL Network. Pittsburgh may ask for a first-round pick for the receiver.

Brown caught more than 100 passes for the sixth consecutive year this season. He signed a four-year, $68 million extention in February 2017.