How Antonio Brown reacted to Steelers owner's trade comments

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The team's President of Football Operations, Art Rooney II, spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the future of Brown with 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.

"There's not much we can do right now; we have time to make a decision", Rooney told the outlet.

Rooney indicates that the player has still refused to return phone calls from himself, Tomlin and teammates and did not appear for the compulsory end-of-season evaluation.

Shortly after those comments made their way across social media, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver took to Instagram and posted a cryptic photo of him and Rooney shaking hands. 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.

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TMZ caught up to the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and asked him about the possibility of Brown joining the team. The Raiders also are stocked with draft-pick currency (three first-rounders) and need WR help. Whether Brown possibly could come back remains a big hurdle if Rooney's words are to be believed.

Rooney indicated Brown's salary cap ramifications would not prevent the team from dealing Brown if that's what is best for the franchise.

The cryptic tweet plays along with Brown's catchphrase, "business is boomin".

Though Brown, 30, wants out, it's unclear what the price tag would be for the wideout who finished with 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns during the 2018 season.

He already let outside linebackers coach Joey Porter and running backs coach James Saxon go, and offensive line coach Mike Munchak is a finalist for the Broncos head coaching job.

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