The Antonio Brown saga rolls on, and the latest word on the matter could have massive implications for the NFL. Pittsburgh president Art Rooney II publicly stated that while the superstar wide receiver would not be cut by the Steelers, but that does not mean his time with the team may not still be over.
According to Rooney, all other options are available with Brown-- which means that he could possibly be traded in 2019.
BREAKING: Steelers president Art Rooney II said he s not going to release Antonio Brown, but “all other options are on the table.” He would not say Steelers are going to trade their All-Pro receiver, but left no doubt that is a strong possibility. Story coming soon on PG site.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 10, 2019
Rooney did not explicitly say that Brown would be dealt, as such an admission would gives the Steelers very little leverage in any trade talks, and because it would cause more of a PR firestorm than has already been created.
However, Rooney did hint at what he thinks will happen come the summertime.
Brown is one of the best receivers in the league. Even at 30 years old, he is arguably the single most fearsome offensive weapon in the NFL. After posting just shy of 1,300 yards and 15 TDs, teams all over the league should be calling about him.
If the Steelers cannot completely commit to No, 84 -- it very much sounds like they cannot -- then it's time to plan out a path for moving on.
AB wants out, and the Steelers need to be able to make that happen for this fire burns out of control.