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

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The Post-Gazette reports the team president says "all other options are on the table".

Like clockwork, 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley continued the team's efforts to recruit the WR, by tweeting a hand-waving emoji at Brown, in response to the receiver posting a picture of himself shaking hands with Rooney.

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According to league regulations, nothing can be done with Brown until March 13, the first day of the league's new year. There were reports from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of a confrontation with a teammate and Brown skipping out on team meetings and practices leading to the game. 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.

The 30-year-old is signed through 2021 with an average salary of $17 million. Right now, the Steelers are about $28 million under the cap, but that only accounts for 38 players currently under contract. They are desperate for wide receiver help though, and Brown is the style of receiver 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan covets.

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The high odds on Atlanta seem a little bit surprising given that the Falcons have Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones as well as two proven weapons with Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley.

Brown missed the team's 2018 finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. "We'll see how things play out", Rooney said. "We good over here", he replied curtly.

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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. How they deal with this situation is likely to result in either the pain of losing a great player, and the financial cost that comes along with it, or in the potential awkwardness of bringing back a player who undermined the team when it needed him most.

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