The Steelers have been busy this year with numerous distractions, some of which date back to star star Antonio Brown. And the last of these could be the last straw.
The amazing report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said that Brown was practically out of training, causing the team to create an injury report to cover his absence, and then Sunday appears with the goal of playing before it closes indicates that the two sides have crossed the point of no return. If so, what can the Steelers do?
Not much due to his contract – without suffering a massive impact. With a $ 19 million signing bonus paid in 2017 and a $ 12.96 million restructuring bonus paid in 2018, the Steelers would carry $ 21.12 million in dead money if they cut or trade brown. (You could release him in June with a designation after June 1, which would result in $ 7.04 million being counted against 2019 and $ 14.08 million compared to 2020.)
Whenever If a decision is made, something must happen on the fifth day of the league, which begins in March. Then Brown earns another $ 2.5 million roster bonus. Presumably, the Steelers would want to cut or drive him before.
If you even want to cut or swap it. But with JuJu Smith-Schuster being the MVP of the 2018 team who has developed into a great player, and the Steelers are certainly tired of an endless circus with Brown, at least on his ill-advised Facebook live routine after a playoff Victory goes back It could be time for the Chiefs to split up.
Unfortunately for the Steelers, it may be impractical from the cap's point of view.