Art II: 'Hard To Envision' Antonio Brown Staying With Steelers In 2019

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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.

TMZ caught up to the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and asked him about the possibility of Brown joining the team.

Detroit is listed with the second-best odds to acquire Brown, either via trade or by signing him if the Steelers decide to release him.

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.

The Post-Gazette reports the team has not been in contact with Brown, who has not returned repeated phone calls from Rooney and Tomlin.

The Post-Gazette reports the team president says "all other options are on the table". "We have a way to go before we feel good about that".

"Whether the situation can be reconciled and have him back on the team next year, we're a long way away from thinking that can happen". But there's no sense on closing the door on anything today. "So, there's no reason why they have to hurry and make a decision right now, which would be a decision made out of weakness and made out of vulnerability".

Brown did not play in the Steelers' season-ending win over the Cincinnati Bengals, for what head coach Mike Tomlin described as Brown leaving the team in its "darkest hour".

The Steelers likely will make a decision prior to the start of the league's year on March 13, when trades can start to occur. We'll see how things play out. Another mid-round pick and a roster player would likely have to be part of the package as well.

In 15 games, Brown recorded 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, setting a new team record for majors.

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