49ers veteran hints at desire to have Antonio Brown in San Francisco

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"We have two months to go before we can do anything.

We're not closing the door on anything at this point", Rooney told the Post Gazeete. He also said the team is not closing the door on the possibility of smoothing things over with Brown, but he is not optimistic that will happen. According to the article, no one from Pittsburgh's front office or coaching staff has even spoken to Brown since December 30, which was the team's final regular season game.

The only problem is, trading him would be costly - not just in terms of the production the Steelers would be losing.

As to if Brown will be with the team come training camp, Rooney said: "As we sit here today, it's hard to envision that".

Pittsburgh is reportedly expected to consider trade offers for Brown ahead of the free-agency period. "If we decide something has to be done, we'll figure out how to deal with that".

Brown, 30, did not play in the Steelers' regular-season finale, which saw Pittsburgh miss out on the playoffs despite a 16-13 win over the Bengals. However, Brown will be 31 when the 2019 season kicks off so if the asking price is too high, San Francisco may not be interested. He'll turn 31 in the summer.

Last year, all eyes were on running back Le'Veon Bell. "All options are on the table". There's no sense making the decision now. 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. It certainly sounds like the Steelers are open for business or, at the very least, open to the idea of being open for business.

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