Steelers owner all but confirms team will part ways with Antonio Brown

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And if you are hopeful Pittsburgh and Brown can mend their fences and find middle ground, you might be disappointed by what he had to say.

But, as Art Rooney II told the Post-Gazette Thursday, while it's "hard to envision" Brown being with the team in 2019, that's not going to be because the Steelers have released the disgruntled receiver.

The Antonio Brown situation has reached a level of seriousness where the Steelers' team president is now saying publicly that he doesn't expect Brown to be with the team when training camp begins in July and that everything short of a release is on the table.

"All options are on the table", Rooney said. He hasn't picked up when Rooney and Mike Tomlin have called him.

"There's not much we can do right now; we have time to make a decision", Rooney said, via Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette.

Trading Brown comes at a significant cost. Right now, the Steelers are about $28 million under the cap, but that only accounts for 38 players currently under contract.

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A team such as the San Francisco 49ers could be interested, as they have the cap space and the need for a wide receiver to help spur the offense.

The 49ers have developed a strong locker room culture though, and the players will likely be consulted on some level if the front office decides to pursue a trade for the seven-time Pro Bowler. That brought about plenty of speculation that Brown had played his final game in Pittsburgh's black and yellow.

The Steelers now have two months to figure it all out.

"We'll see how things play out", Rooney said.

The Brown situation is certainly a freakish one.

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