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

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Some context: Brown reportedly requested a trade early last week after he sat out of the Steelers season finale, following a dispute with Ben Rothlisberger.

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. 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. Is Brown merely talking about the deal that was agreed upon back then?

The Steelers couldn't trade Brown until March 13th. But they also could clear more than $15 million in savings for his salary this season, even if it hurts in the short term. "We have a way to go before we feel good about that".

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants to add to his staff, bringing another full-time assistant beyond the staff he carried a year ago. There's no sense making the decision now. We'll see how things play out.

The Post-Gazette reports the team has not been in contact with Brown, who has not returned repeated phone calls from Rooney and Tomlin. "That's one of the reasons I would have liked to talk to him about it - what it was and how it got to this point".

Well, the mercurial Brown responded on Wednesday with a cryptic Twitter post, including a photo of him shaking hands with Rooney after agreeing to a new contract with Pittsburgh in previous years. Brown registered 104 receptions with a league-leading 15 receiving touchdowns through 15 games in 2018, and he has reached the 1,000-yard receiving mark in seven of his nine NFL seasons.