On Thursday, Steelers owner Art Rooney II ripped into Brown while speaking with The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and made it clear the team is willing to move on from the mercurial wide receiver if that is what needs to happen.
Rooney, however, said Steelers will "look at all the options" on how to deal with Brown, who did not play in the regular-season finale. But, he's in no hurry.
Though Brown, 30, wants out, it's unclear what the price tag would be for the wideout who finished with 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns during the 2018 season. "We're not going to release him, that's not on the table". Whether Brown possibly could come back remains a big hurdle if Rooney's words are to be believed. The Pro Bowl receiver reportedly asked for but did not demand a trade after the incident, but he carries a $21.25 million cap hit for next season, so he likely would be hard to move despite his huge talent.
Brown has been itching to get out of Pittsburgh and has even shown a desire to play for head coach Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers.
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"There's not much we can do right now; we have time to make a decision", Rooney told Dulac. He is owed $22,165,000 against the cap next season and due a $2.5 million bonus on March 17.
The Raiders clearly have a need at receiver and aren't afraid to take a chance on older players so it wouldn't be surprising to see the Raiders explore a trade for Brown. A trade for Brown makes a lot of sense for the Raiders, given the state of their wide receiver corps. He also indicated that the issues with Brown at the end of the season are likely part of a broader problem.
"My belief is there's more to it than an incident one day at practice", Rooney said.
The Steelers face a $21 million cap hit if they trade Brown this offseason.