"We have two months to go before we can do anything".
Not helping matters: Nobody from the Steelers has officially spoken with Brown since December 30, the day the Steelers' season ended without a playoff berth.
Perhaps the frustrations of a lost season came to a head for the Steelers, but now there is a real possibility that Brown is not with the team when the 2019 season kicks off. But I will say all other options are on the table.
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants to add to his staff, bringing another full-time assistant beyond the staff he carried past year.
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And that has now made an offseason for the Steelers that already was sure to be littered with questions about how to prop open that closing window of opportunity a little more ... shall we say ... drama-filled. The Steelers would save more than $15 million in real money in 2019, but they would owe $21.12 million in dead money against the cap, compared to Brown's $22.165 million cap hit if he remains on the roster.
"All other options" could only conceivably mean a trade since Rooney also relayed to Gulac that he didn't foresee Brown sticking with the Steelers in the long term. "If we decide something has to be done, we'll figure out how to deal with that".
While there are countless teams that should be interested in a player of Brown's caliber, trading him won't be simple. 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.