Antonio Brown has caught 265 passes over the past two seasons. That’s the most of any wide receiver in the NFL. Last year, he had 136 catches, 1,834 yards and ten touchdowns. He’s played all in 16 games in four out of the last five seasons. Brown is also a threat in the punt return game. And on July 10th, he turned 28 years old. So how is Antonio Brown the 13th highest paid receiver in the league?
Brown is playing under a six year deal worth $43 million. He’s in the fifth year of the deal, where he’s set to make just over six million dollars. He thinks he deserves a new contract. The numbers seem to dictate that. However, the Steelers have a policy that’s getting in the way.
The organization will not renegotiate contracts for non-quarterbacks unless that player has just one year left on his deal. That poses a major issue. Should the team make an exception?
Brown is one of the most electrifying players in the league. His speed and quickness make him a threat to score whenever he touches the ball. What’s even better is that Brown isn’t a liability. He is known around the league as a first class player. You never hear negativity about him off the field, which is sometimes rare for star wide receivers.
Whether the Steelers sign Brown to an extension or not, they’ll be one of the favorites to reach the Super Bowl this season. They have arguably the best quarterback, running back and wide receiver trio in the league with Ben Roethlisberger at the helm and Le’Veon Bell in the backfield.
Based on the facts, Antonio Brown has undoubtedly earned a new contract and should be the highest paid wide receiver in the league. He’s in the prime of his career, hasn’t dealt with serious injuries and defenses have to game plan for him. But will the Steelers pull the trigger?