Rooney: 'Hard to envision' Brown at Steelers camp

The tweet Thursday night from MyBookie Sportsbook listed five favorites to land Antonio Brown, should the Steelers go through with trading away their disgruntled star. One online sportsbook thinks it could happen. Rumors began swirling about a disagreement between the receiver and the team's franchise quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, after Pittsburgh decided to make Brown inactive against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The 30-year-old wide receiver reportedly had a blowup with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the leadup to Pittsburgh's Week 17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. And MyBookie believes the Lions are firmly in the mix to acquire Brown, who played collegiately at Central Michigan. But there's no sense on closing the door on anything today.

"We have time to make a decision", Rooney said according to Dulac.

Brown skipped Steelers exit interviews after the conclusion of the regular season and has not spoken about the situation - but has instead used social media to react, and at times, drive the story in a new direction. The Steelers would save more than $15 million in real money in 2019, but they would owe $21.12 million in dead money against the cap, compared to Brown's $22.165 million cap hit if he remains on the roster. Brown enters the third year of a five-year, $72.7 million extension signed before the 2017 season. Right now, the Steelers are about $28 million under the cap, but that only accounts for 38 players currently under contract. Brown did not make an All-Pro team this season despite leading the league in receiving touchdowns.

"That has to be taken into consideration, but, as I sit here today, I'm not going to say that's going to box us into anything", Rooney said of the potential salary-cap consequences. "We good over here", he replied curtly.

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