And if you are hopeful Pittsburgh and Brown can mend their fences and find middle ground, you might be disappointed by what he had to say.
On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac spoke with Steelers president Art Rooney II who said that while releasing Brown was "not on the table", it would be "hard to envision" the star wide receiver being with the team come training camp this summer.
"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 said.More news: Michael Cohen to testify before House Oversight Committee
"There's not much we can do right now; we have time to make a decision", Rooney said.
Brown is scheduled to count $22,165,000 against the salary cap in 2019 and the team can't do anything with him until March 5th and is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year. "We're not closing the door on anything at this point".
Earlier this week, the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the team was looking to trade the Miami native. "If we decide something has to be done, we'll figure out how to deal with that".More news: Padraig Harrington named Ryder Cup captain
Rooney said the cap hit would not play into the team's decision. The Steelers likely won't want to eat all of that dead money.
Last year, all eyes were on running back Le'Veon Bell. "All options are on the table". We'll see how things play out. We have two months to go before we can do anything.More news: Week 6 Fortnite Challenges: Chilly Gnomes; Weapon Damage Bug (Season 7)
In 15 games, Brown recorded 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, setting a new team record for majors.