Now, in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers president Art Rooney II is saying that it's "hard to envision" Brown playing with the squad next season.
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. But, he's in no hurry. As Dulac pointed out, Brown is slated to receive a $2.5-million bonus from the club on March 17 and logic tells us the Steelers would more than likely target that as their decision date.
Rooney indicates that the player has still refused to return phone calls from himself, Tomlin and teammates and did not appear for the compulsory end-of-season evaluation.
Shortly after those comments made their way across social media, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver took to Instagram and posted a cryptic photo of him and Rooney shaking hands.
The four-time first-team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection has led the National Football League in receptions twice (2014, 2015) and receiving yards twice (2014, 2017). The Raiders also are stocked with draft-pick currency (three first-rounders) and need WR help. You can probably rule out, for instance, new Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians from any provisional trade-destination list, as he and Brown aren't necessarily on the best of terms. There's plenty to sort out with the team in general after missing the postseason, and the recent rash of drama that has inflicted it the past few years clearly has had an effect on the on-field product.
"We'll see how things play out", Rooney said. "We have a way to go before we feel good about that".
Last year, all eyes were on running back Le'Veon Bell.
The Brown situation is certainly a weird one.