Antonio Brown made it clear he wanted the Steelers to give him a new contract. On Wednesday, the prolific wide receiver got it. Well, sort of.
Adam Schefter for ESPN first reported Brown and the Steelers were on the verge of a restructured deal. However, it’s not necessarily the sort of lavish, long-term extension befitting of the best wide receiver on the planet. The contract still runs through 2017. The team simply moved $4 million in base salary he was owed next season into this year, bumping his pay up to $10.25 million for 2016.
In other words, it’s a temporary fix. Next offseason, Brown will once again be in search of more money. Only at that point, the Steelers will have to do something a bit bigger, or risk letting a four-time Pro Bowler play out his contract and hit the open market.
That doesn’t seem likely. One, the Steelers are showing their commitment to Brown by working with him on this contract. Two, if the club is serious about winning more championships while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still in his prime, they’re not going to let his top weapon walk away.
Brown hauled in an astounding 136 passes for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns last season alone. He’s gone over 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in each of the past three seasons. If that’s not a franchise player, nobody is. The Steelers surely recognize that and seem like they’ll do whatever it takes to keep him happy.
— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown84) August 31, 2016