"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. We don't have to make those decisions right now".
Brown is slated to count a little over $22 million against the salary cap in 2019.
"That has to be taken into consideration, but, as I sit here today, I'm not going to say that's going to box us into anything", Rooney told the paper.
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In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac, Rooney also indicated that "all other options are on the table" when it came to Brown's future, implying that a trade was a strong possibility.
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. The Steelers would be on the hook for $21.1 million in dead money if they were to move Brown. Brown recently unfollowed his current team on social media and started following the 49ers, several of its players, and liked 49ers-related content, especially content which pushed a Brown-to-San-Francisco message. You'd be hard-pressed to imagine the Steelers trading Brown inside the division, even if there will be discussions in a lot of front offices around the league about the pros and cons of making an offer. "Yes, I'm 31 and I'm still excited to play the game". Is Brown merely talking about the deal that was agreed upon back then? "We'll see how things play out", Rooney said.
Adding numbers alone won't solve the problems the Steelers had previous year, but the fact Tomlin's considering structural changes is a sign that he realizes he needs to adapt himself.