Rooney: 'Hard to envision' Brown at Steelers camp

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But I will say all other options are on the table.

Shortly after Rooney's comments went viral on Twitter, Brown posted a photo of himself with the Steelers owner along with the caption "Good Business".

"I've heard that Antonio Brown does not want to be traded and he wants to play in Pittsburgh and he wants to try to win a Super Bowl there", King said, via Dave Bryan of Steelers Depot.

Pittsburgh would be giving up a great receiver if they let Brown leave, but at this point they seem to think he's not worth the hassle.

The perennial All-Pro skipped practices and meetings ahead of Pittsburgh's crucial regular-season finale and was ultimately benched for the game.

If the Steelers were to trade Brown, the price tag would likely be high, according to NFL Network. "We don't have to make those decisions right now". Following the four-year, $68 million contract extension he signed with the team two offseasons ago, the Steelers would incur a major salary-cap hit. The Steelers would be on the hook for $21.1 million in dead money if they were to move Brown. 49ers tight end George Kittle was quick to reach out to Brown, tweeting "Sup?" at the seven-time Pro Bowler.

The 49ers have been in the market for a true No. 1 wide receiver since John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan took over.

Antonio Brown has been a huge topic of discussion in the National Football League as of late. "We'll see how things play out", Rooney said.

Adding numbers alone won't solve the problems the Steelers had a year ago, but the fact Tomlin's considering structural changes is a sign that he realizes he needs to adapt himself.

That's why this story is so tricky - and so fascinating - as the Steelers head into one of the more critical offseasons they've had in a long time.

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