Antonio Brown met with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, says both agreed 'it is time to move on'

Antonio Brown posted a smiling picture of himself with Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II and said it was a great meeting.

And it doesn’t seem to have changed much, as far as Brown’s desire to not be a Steeler anymore.

Brown, who has requested a trade, said the meeting went well but he and Rooney “both agreed that it is time to move on.”

That doesn’t mean the situation isn’t still quite complicated.

Will Antonio Brown be traded?

As you’ve probably heard by now, the Steelers would take on a $21.1 million dead salary-cap hit if they traded Brown. That’s a lot of money to not have a Hall of Famer on your team in 2019.

Still, it doesn’t seem like there’s much common ground between the Steelers and Brown. The relationship seems damaged beyond repair, giving Brown’s actions in Week 17 that led to him being deactivated and then shots at quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and coach Mike Tomlin.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus joined the meeting between the receiver and Rooney. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and team vice president of football and business administration Omar Khan joined the meeting as well. Schefter said everyone agreed a trade would be for the best.

Then there’s this piece of complication: Brown and Rosenhaus have not been given permission to speak with other teams about a trade, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - CIRCA 2010: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 21: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates celebrates during the game against the Oakland Raiders on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball after a catch against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field on August 18, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Eagles 24-14. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 06: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates following a catch for a first down against the Baltimore Ravens during the game on November 6, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after making a catch in the second half against the New York Jets during the game on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Jets 27-10. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 10: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a catch in the end zone that was over turned as a touchdown in the first half against Corey Webster #23 of the New York Giants during the game on August 10, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 20: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers plays against the Baltimore Ravens during the game on October 20, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 28: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers smiles as he looks on from the sideline during a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on August 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Panthers defeated the Steelers 10-0. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 12: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 30: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers signs autographs before the game against the New Orleans Saints on November 30, 2014 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 25: Team Carter wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before the 2015 Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 25, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 31: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown attends the 2015 NFL Honors at Phoenix Convention Center on January 31, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scores a 2-point conversion during the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 27, 2015: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers smiles at fans prior to a game against the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2015 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won 20-17. (Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18: Wide receiver Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers smiles as he looks on from the sideline during a National Football League preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field on August 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Steelers 17-0. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 09: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to playing the New York Jets at Heinz Field on October 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown (84) catches a pass during warmups before the NFL Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 13, 2016, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. The Cowboys defeated the Steelers with a final score of 35-30. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball after a catch against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at New Era Field on December 11, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 08: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after scoring his second touchdown during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Wild Card game at Heinz Field on January 8, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 01: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 12: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) takes a selfie with a fan before the NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts on November 12, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 16: Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown (84) looks on during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 16, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) looks on during the AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 14, 2018 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 03: NFL player Antonio Brown attends the 2018 Big Game Weekend Hearing Mission With Starkey Hearing Technologies on February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Technologies)
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Brown’s saga could be the biggest news of NFL offseason

It’s rare to see a player as good as Brown traded in his prime.

Adding another layer to the offseason’s most intriguing story, NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero said he polled executives of seven teams and the consensus was that the Steelers might only get a mid-round pick for Brown, maybe a third-rounder. Pelissero added that the price could go up, and one source thought the Steelers could get a first-round pick and a quality player in a trade, but the market for a 31-year old receiver who has made plenty of waves (and we’re referring to “Mr. Big Chest” here) isn’t going to be an obvious one.

The Steelers will apparently try to work on a trade, although Brown and Rosenhaus won’t be able to help in that process. Then perhaps Brown will be traded, though nobody seems to know what the fair trade price is. After that, the Steelers will manage around that $21 million in dead cap space left from trading one of the best receivers in NFL history.

No, this won’t be easy.

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Le'Veon Bell, running back

2018 team: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Demarcus Lawrence, defensive end

2018 team: Dallas Cowboys

(Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Jadeveon Clowney, linebacker

2018 team: Houston Texans

(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Earl Thomas, defensive back

2018 team: Seattle Seahawks

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Trey Flowers, defensive end

2018 team: New England Patriots

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Tevin Coleman, running back

2018 team: Atlanta Falcons

(Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images)

Dee Ford, outside linebacker

2018 team: Kansas City Chiefs

(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

Nick Foles, quarterback

2018 team: Philadelphia Eagles

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Mark Ingram, running back

2018 team: New Orleans Saints

(Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ndamukong Suh, nose tackle

2018 team: Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Golden Tate, wide receiver

2018 team: Philadelphia Eagles

(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) runs with the ball after making a reception in the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles. The injured Packers receiver says that there is a pretty good chance that he’ll play on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals after missing a few weeks with a lingering hamstring injury. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit, File)
TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 16: Jay Ajayi #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 16, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson, running back

2018 team: Washington Redskins

(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

Chris Hogan, wide receiver

2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver

2018 team: Houston Texans

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, safety

2018 team: Washington Redskins

(Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Tyler Eifert, tight end

2018 team: Cincinnati Bengals

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Jason McCourty, cornerback

2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Tyrod Taylor, quarterback

2018 team: Cleveland Browns

(Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback

2018 team: New Orleans Saints

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Stephen Gostkowski, kicker

2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Terrell Suggs, linebacker

2018 team: Baltimore Ravens

(Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

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