Pittsburgh Steelers top wide receiver Antonio Brown is asking for a new contract to replace the five-year extension he signed in 2012 before heading into the 2015 season. To get the new deal, Brown was reported to reject the workouts at offseason.
Brown signed a six-year, $43 million deal with the Steelers in the summer of 2012, but has seen his numbers explode over the last two seasons as the focal point of the Pittsburghpassing offense. He’s caught 239 passes for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Steelers while playing in every game and adding two more touchdowns as a punt returner. Antonio Brown Steelers Jersey. The All-Pro wide receiver will be skipping the voluntary workout program and is mulling sitting out mandatory minicamp and perhaps even training camp in an attempt to secure a new contract, sources have told FOX Sports.
It’s reported that Brown wasn't at the first day of voluntary Steelers workouts on Monday, and is considering skipping minicamps and maybe even training camp to get a new deal. His base salary is slated to be $6 million this season. That's not bad money, but just 11th among base salaries for receivers according to Spotrac. And Brown ranks much higher than the 11th best receiver in the NFL, he is arguably No.1 As the Steelers already have lost their running back Le’Veon Bell for the first three games of the 2015 season, they would not be willing to lose their All-Pro wide receiver. The Steelers are bracing for a possible camp holdout from Brown, whose 129 catches in 2014 are the second-most in a single season behind Marvin Harrison's 143 in 2002.
Elite wide receivers have been paid an average of about $12 million per season of late (notwithstanding Calvin Johnson's megadeal that averages over $16 million per year). Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant are set to earn $12.823 million this season on one-year deals as part of the franchise tag. Le’Veon Bell Golden Jersey. Brown's former teammate Mike Wallace got $12 million per year from the Miami Dolphins in a deal that franchise has come to regret. Brown is surely looking at the salary numbers of other receivers with similar or worse production and believes his contract should match theirs.