Steelers News: Antonio Brown Likely To Sign Long-Term Contract Soon
In Steelers news, the team is aiming to keep star wide receiver Antonio Brown for the rest of his career and talks for a long-term deal may have already started. Brown still has a year left on his existing contract but the organization's top priority at this moment is re-signing him to a new one.
According to ESPN, Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus was in Pittsburgh this week which is obviously a "sign" that there will be contract negotiations. If no agreement is reached, which is unlikely, the 28-year-old is going to be an unrestricted free agent following the 2017 NFL season.
Brown is coming off another impressive season. In 15 games, he had 106 receptions for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was a touchdown shy of tying his career-best of 13 which he achieved during the 2015 season. The former sixth-round pick only missed one game and that was their regular season finale versus the Cleveland Browns. Coach Mike Tomlin decided to rest him and his fellow stars since they had already clinched a playoff birth.
The Steelers went on a terrific playoff run after finsihing the season strong. They defeated the Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card Game and beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round. Unfortunately, they were blown out by the New England Patriots in the Conference Championship. As everyone knows, the Pats ended up becoming Super Bowl champs once again.
Because the Steelers are expected to sign Brown to a lucrative long-term deal, this could mean that running back Le'Veon Bell will be assigned the franchise tag this off-season. In a report by Bleacher Report, team GM Kevin Colbert stated that they are also hoping to keep the 24-year-old for his entire career. However, as mentioned, the main priority, for now, is the new contract for Brown.
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