New Deal For Steelers’ Antonio Brown Unlikely

Antonio Brown is one of the most lethal offensive players in the NFL and is paid far below his talent level. Still, Brown has two years to go on his contract and the Steelers have been insistent that they will not discuss a new deal with him at this time. Recently, the team engaged in talks with Brown’s agent, but it doesn’t appear that the organization is going to give in to the wide receiver’s requests. The two sides are not talking at this time and it is very unlikely that the Steelers would entertain a new deal for Brown in 2016, according to Jason La Canfora of (on Twitter). Antonio Brown (vertical)

The Steelers have a policy not to renegotiate with non-quarterbacks until the final year of a player’s deal and they do not want to make an exception for anyone – even a megastar like Brown. Universally considered an elite wide receiver, Brown is ranked 18th among wide receivers in terms of average annual compensation ($8.4MM/year). A quick look at the 17 receivers ahead of Brown shows that he has a legitimate case to be paid better (data via of Over The Cap):

Of course, Brown doesn’t have a ton of leverage with two years before he can potentially hit the open market. In all likelihood, Brown won’t get the big deal he is seeking until next year.

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  1. TJECK109

    This is where the advantage of having a franchise tag comes in handy. He plays this year, if they don’t agree next year he plays next year and then the following he gets tagged. Could be 2019 before he is a FA

  2. Phillip Dobrensky

    I understand the Steelers policy. You can’t take the cork out of the Genie bottle for 1 guy and expect to be able to put it back without issues. However, the Steelers may be in a position to get a better deal done for them. AB is 28 and will be 30 if he goes to free agency after next year. He more than likely will have broken records of all kinds and still be on the top of his game but getting long in the tooth for a long term deal. Giving him a 4 year extention that will give him today’s receiver money, and keeping him happy and under contract until he’s 34 and a Steelers for his entire career would be a good thing.

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