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Antonio Brown: Staying with the Steelers is something special

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Antonio Brown’s new deal keeps him under contract to the Steelers through the 2017 season, and Brown thinks that’s just great.

“It’s special,” Brown said at a press conference to announce his signing. “I’m with a unique organization as the Steelers. Knowing that I’m going to be around here for long-term, it’s something amazing. It’s really special, something I take pride in and know it’s a tremendous honor. It provides me with some security and allows me to play football and focus on winning games.”

Brown said that he has kept his focus completely on football and hasn’t even spoken to anyone in his family about his new contract. That’s part of the approach to the game that makes the Steelers think Brown will be worth every penny of his new $42.5 million deal.

“I haven’t even taken time to focus on it. Being at training camp, my focus right now is to be in great shape, get prepared to play preseason games, and get ready for the year,” Brown said. “Winning is all about what’s important now. What’s important now is me focusing on training camp, getting on the same page, learning the offense, and getting ready for the year.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin answered a question about Brown’s role on the team, saying that Brown’s new contract doesn’t necessarily make him too expensive to play special teams. Tomlin also said, however, that the Steelers believe they have some young players in camp who are capable of taking the punt return duties over from Brown.

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert declined to answer a question about what Brown’s contract means for the future of receiver Mike Wallace in Pittsburgh.

“Today’s about Antonio. If you have questions about Antonio, great. If not, we’re not going to address them,” Colbert said.

The Steelers are in no mood to talk about Wallace right now. But they’re feeling great about Brown’s future. And the feeling is mutual.

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34 Responses to “Antonio Brown: Staying with the Steelers is something special”
  1. ericn42000 says: Jul 28, 2012 3:35 PM

    Mike Wallace Dallas wants you!!!! Jerrahs got that contract you want! Com on down

  2. backindasaddle says: Jul 28, 2012 3:40 PM

    This kid is a damn good receiver. Wallace gets all the press but this kid is a big time find for the Steelers as well.

  3. 989lions says: Jul 28, 2012 3:42 PM

    Gotta give my school some shine. CMU. Fire up
    Chips!! Keep ballin Antonio.

  4. dalucks says: Jul 28, 2012 3:47 PM

    This is nothing special, the Steelers will always give a young player a second contract as long as you show up to training camp. If you get a third contract when you are between 28 and 30 years of age from Pittsburgh, then that will make you special. Once you get around 30 is when the Patriots and Steelers start finding your replacement.

  5. ravensallday2012 says: Jul 28, 2012 3:48 PM

    A lot of money for a guy that only had 2 Tds all year

  6. jeffa43 says: Jul 28, 2012 3:53 PM

    Wallace could learn a lot from Brown …. Respect, class, and how to run routes.

  7. pooinonfoheads says: Jul 28, 2012 3:54 PM

    AB plays the game the right way. The Steelers rewarded a smart and talented kid, they will not (nor should they) do the same for Wallace. No divas in Pittsburgh, they get shipped out real fast.

  8. KL0313 says: Jul 28, 2012 3:55 PM

    Great signing by the Steelers. Brown was voted the 2011 team MVP. This sends a message to future players that if you work hard and avoid drama, they’ll take care of you.

  9. tluke25 says: Jul 28, 2012 3:55 PM

    Money well spent.

  10. dellis07 says: Jul 28, 2012 3:57 PM

    I think Brown was more deserving of a deal he’s a humble, respectful young man and he is everything a Steeler player should be. Wallace was offered a 5year 50million deal and decided that wasn’t enough for him. Greed cost Wallace a nice deal.

  11. covercorner says: Jul 28, 2012 4:04 PM

    Brown deserved this new contract.

  12. KIR says: Jul 28, 2012 4:05 PM

    It’s a win win for Brown and Wallace. No way Wallace plays for 2.7 mil and risk an injury when he can just sit out until the 10th week and become a free agent next year and get somewhere between Vincent Jackson money 5 year 55 mil and Larry Fitzgerald money 8 year 128 mil. Wallace will get paid. Good receivers ALWAYS get paid. see DeSean Jackson.

    Also, the Steelers are going to have the same problem with Emmanuel Saunders next year. When healthy he looks as good as Brown and Wallace.

  13. kilo0986 says: Jul 28, 2012 4:06 PM

    Love this kids character and passion for the black and gold. Cant wait to see him in action this season.

  14. gsthebest says: Jul 28, 2012 4:06 PM

    Mike Wallace is in the matrix right now! He played his cards wrong.

    He should’ve known the steelers werent goin to budge! Now take this advice Mike, Fire your agent and go have a proven season!

  15. justreal82 says: Jul 28, 2012 4:06 PM

    Congrats to Antonio Brown on the new contract. This young man is both classy and humble. Gotta respect a player like him no matter how much you may dislike the Steelers.

  16. sixburghrules says: Jul 28, 2012 4:13 PM

    Wallace can expect reduced playing time and looks when he finally does show up! Won’t bode well for him next year when he becomes a free agent! He is screwing himself

  17. mmmpierogi says: Jul 28, 2012 5:06 PM

    ravensallday2012 says: Jul 28, 2012 3:48 PM

    A lot of money for a guy that only had 2 Tds all year

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    Antonio Brown had 1,108 receiving yards last year. That’s 30.5% of the total receiving yards (3,629) obtained by the 11 Ravens players who caught passes during the 2011 season.

    Antonio Brown combined for for 1,062 return yards last year. That’s 76.3% of the return yards (1,392) obtained by the seven Ravens players who returned during the 2011 season.

    True that Brown only had two TDs last year. That said, Boldin pulled down 6 million last year and only pulled down three TDs.

  18. tsizzlehotpiss says: Jul 28, 2012 5:07 PM

    Mike Wallace: a lesson on how NOT to negotiate with the Rooney family & the Steelers.

  19. njsteelersfan says: Jul 28, 2012 5:16 PM

    KIR says:Jul 28, 2012 4:05 PM

    It’s a win win for Brown and Wallace. No way Wallace plays for 2.7 mil and risk an injury when he can just sit out until the 10th week and become a free agent next year and get somewhere between Vincent Jackson money 5 year 55 mil and Larry Fitzgerald money 8 year 128 mil. Wallace will get paid. Good receivers ALWAYS get paid. see DeSean Jackson.

    Also, the Steelers are going to have the same problem with Emmanuel Saunders next year. When healthy he looks as good as Brown and Wallace.
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    So please tell us all what team is going to pay him 55mill after sitting out a whole year and seeing that he’s not a team player ? He already turned down 50mill 5yrs

  20. ravensallday2012 says: Jul 28, 2012 5:19 PM

    Torrey smith had 3 Tds in 1 game as a rookie with no offseason. Pitt is behind ravens now as we saw last year. Mainly because of the slow def and bad oline

  21. ravensallday2012 says: Jul 28, 2012 5:20 PM

    On top of that rice is our main guy and look what he did. Compared to brown

  22. nickster31 says: Jul 28, 2012 5:21 PM

    ravensallday2012 says: Jul 28, 2012 3:48 PM

    A lot of money for a guy that only had 2 Tds all year

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    Considering that Harbaugh, Ray Lewis and a couple other Ravens even said that Brown was better than Wallace because Brown is more of a complete player.

    Think you comment may be some sour grapes?

  23. jackericsson says: Jul 28, 2012 5:29 PM

    The lesson here concerning both AB and Wallace is that the Steelers recognize talent but- even more important- they understand value. They try not to overpay for talent. Sometimes they have to slightly reach like here with AB. They wisely protected themselves at WR next year. If Sanders stays healthy and has a good year, then the Steelers can put the Restricted Tag on him and negotiate a long term deal while Cotchery just signed for Two years. This beats trying to negotiate 3 WR deals next year.

  24. steelerfan999 says: Jul 28, 2012 6:03 PM

    CHEST UP, EYES UP,PRAYED UP. WHAT A CLASS ACT.LOVE THIS GUY!!!

  25. antibenapalooza says: Jul 28, 2012 6:05 PM

    And the fact remains The Devi7 Went Down to Georgia.

  26. bobbogart says: Jul 28, 2012 6:24 PM

    To the comment earlier about good receivers get paid. Desean did. Yea, desean got 5 yrs 51 million, not Vjax or Lfitz money. I would pay no more than the same deal for Wallace. He played his cards all wrong. If he signed and came into camp a deal would have been worked out. A. Brown has the right kind of attitude to stay a Steeler for a long time. Great signing!

  27. ravensallday2012 says: Jul 28, 2012 6:33 PM

    Brown is better then Wallace. Still not a number 1. Steelers are in trouble. 3rd in afc north no playoffs

  28. njsteelersfan says: Jul 28, 2012 6:33 PM

    ravensallday2012 says:Jul 28, 2012 5:20 PM

    On top of that rice is our main guy and look what he did. Compared to brown
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    Well lets see one’s RB and the other one is a WR

  29. KIR says: Jul 28, 2012 6:52 PM

    @njsteelersfan says: Jul 28, 2012 5:16 PM

    KIR says:Jul 28, 2012 4:05 PM

    It’s a win win for Brown and Wallace. No way Wallace plays for 2.7 mil and risk an injury when he can just sit out until the 10th week and become a free agent next year and get somewhere between Vincent Jackson money 5 year 55 mil and Larry Fitzgerald money 8 year 128 mil. Wallace will get paid. Good receivers ALWAYS get paid. see DeSean Jackson.

    Also, the Steelers are going to have the same problem with Emmanuel Saunders next year. When healthy he looks as good as Brown and Wallace.
    ——————————————————
    So please tell us all what team is going to pay him 55mill after sitting out a whole year and seeing that he’s not a team player ? He already turned down 50mill 5yrs
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    What team? Go check the record of teams that wanted T.O., Randy Moss, DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson ect, ect, ect. Good receivers always get paid.

    Not a team player? I’ve never heard one negative incident. The guy honored his 3 year contract and played for less than 2 mil while having top 10 maybe 5 numbers! C’mon man!

  30. kwall55 says: Jul 28, 2012 7:05 PM

    Great signing for Brown and the Steelers. Class act and a solid player. Fire Up Chips and Gooooo Lions!

  31. ezlee2 says: Jul 28, 2012 7:20 PM

    The thing that isn’t being talked about is that the Steelers hold all of the cards now. They can trade Wallace, sign him or apply the franchise tag after this season if they want to.

  32. latrobe21 says: Jul 28, 2012 7:22 PM

    Gotta love a kid who is intelligent enough to understand how fortunate he is to be in a great city, with a great history (outside of sports, which speaks for itself), great fans and a great quality of life. Thanks for becoming a Pittsburgher, Antonio!

  33. Joe says: Jul 28, 2012 8:46 PM

    I’m thinking Rainey will be a great return specialist. He was a explosive player at Florida. I don’t know the facts but I’d say he’s just as fast as Wallace.

  34. randallflagg52 says: Jul 29, 2012 4:55 AM

    Torrey Smith > Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace. Flacco is just as good as that overrated bum Roethlisberger also. The Ravens are an all around better team.

    Enjoy that long slide into mediorcrity Pittsburgh. I expect you’ll be stuck there with Cleveland for quite some time. This is Baltimore’s division to lose.

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