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NFL Insider Has Update On Antonio Brown's Future

A closeup of Antonio Brown smiling during a game.

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 26: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a 33 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field on November 26, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The ongoing saga between the Pittsburgh Steelers and star wide receiver Antonio Brown continues to be one of the most intriguing stories in the NFL. While there is still a lot of time before the start of the new NFL season, there is an update on what both sides are planning.

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Steelers are reportedly not giving Brown and his agent permission to speak with other teams about a potential move.

In addition, Rapoport noted that the team is exploring trade options, and that Brown still has some interest in returning. Rapoport added that Brown has maintained a dialogue with some members of the Steelers.

Brown has been one of the top receivers in the NFL for the better part of the past decade.

He has led the league in receiving yards and receptions twice, and finished this past season with both the league lead and a career high in receiving touchdowns with 15.

Brown has also made six straight Pro Bowls and seven in his last eight seasons.

However, his 2018 season was abruptly cut short in the final game of the season when he missed the game, allegedly due to a decision by head coach Mike Tomlin over behavioral issues.

Brown is still under contract with the Steelers through the 2021 season, so if the team does have to move on they must either trade him or eat a lot of dead money in cap space next season.