Inside the Antonio Brown deal

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Business is booming indeed.

After patiently waiting until he entered the final year of his contract, which is when the Steelers will extend non-quarterback deals with one year left, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown cashed in on Monday, in a big way.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, here’s the breakdown:

1. Signing bonus: $19 million.

2. 2017 salary: $910,000.

3. 2018 roster bonus: $6 million due on the fifth day of the league year.

4. 2018 salary: $7.875 million.

5. 2019 roster bonus: $2.5 million due on the fifth day of the league year.

6. 2019 salary: $12.625 million.

7. 2020 salary: $11.3 million.

8. 2021 salary: $12.5 million.

The Steelers and Brown had been working diligently to get the deal done, with three different trips to Pittsburgh over the past three weeks by agents Drew and Jason Rosenhaus, along with negotiations during Senior Bowl week.

Despite the Facebook Live fiasco and leaks to the media that seemed to trace directly to the team, the Steelers have rewarded Brown for his past services and provided him with the ability to make plenty of money over the next five seasons, with a $17 million average over the four new years, good for a new-money average of $17 million. (Counting the $4.71 million he was due to earn in 2017, the five-year average at signing is $14.54 million. Reasonable minds differ on whether new money or total value is the proper metric; the fact remains that it’s the biggest new-money average for a receiver in league history.)

Brown will have $29 million in new money through 2018, $44.2 million through 2019, and $55.5 million through 2020. The practical guarantee at signing is $19.910 million, along with either $13.875 million more in 2018 (total of $33.875 through two years) or a quick path to the open market if they choose not to pick up his roster bonus next year. He’ll add another $15.125 in 2019 — or he’ll get an early trip to the market if the Steelers opt not to pay the $2.5 million roster bonus.

The cap numbers generated by the new deal are $4.710 million in 2017, $17.675 million in 2018, $18.925 million in 2019, $15.1 million in 2020, and $15.8 million in 2021. Coupled with prior prorations, Brown’s total cap number for 2017 remains at $13.618 million.

40 responses to “Inside the Antonio Brown deal

  1. IDK. This is looking like a one-year deal to me.

    Think about it: this season Brown will take home five million more than either of the following two seasons. Some team will trade for that contract next year for a high-caliber receiver like Brown.

    Meanwhile, Big Ben will finally get a roster bonus again next season, for 5 big ones. Which means he’ll take home 5 million MORE in 2018 than this year. At the age of 35. Then it repeats the following year.

    It looks like the Steelers are making a hard push for the Super Bowl this year. Then trade Brown for a 1+, and either trade Ben or release him.

  2. So is he a cancer or a franchise player? Well it depends on if he signs with us or not…ok, now I see how it is.

  3. lol it’s the kind of deal a reciever at his level is going to be getting now but, let’s be real, the guy is no Julio Jones and never will be.

    And the next time the steelers play the pats they will still be the steelers and we all know how that ends lol!

  4. This is the type of deal you give a QB, not a wr. No matter how great the player, what do they touch the ball 8-11 times a game? A QB touched the ball 50-75 times a game. I think Brown sees the first two years, and then is cut or traded. So it is a two year contract.

  5. Those cap hits will dismantle that team. Colbert is a moron and always has been.

    There are some GMs who get special treatment after years and years of awful work (Rick Smith, Mickey Loomis, Jerry Reese, Ozzie Newsome, etc).

    Look at their draft yields since the lockout in 2011.

    Awful.

    It’s why they’ve been forced to overpay and pay late, instead of solid market value and ahead of schedule.

    All about leverage.

  6. Brown is taking the Steelers for a ride. Straight to the AFCN basement. What a scam!

  7. Please name me the last “great”, “top paid” Wide Receiver that won a Super Bowl for its team.

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    No one can.

    Some teams will never learn and Pitt is another one of these teams.

    Have they ever decisively beaten the Patriots or was it only when Brady was hurt in 2008?

    They barely eeked out that win at home off the lockout early in 2011, but that was it.

  8. And it won’t mean a thing when the Patriots(aka the Steelers’ Daddy) takes him out of the game again in the playoffs and puts another stomping on them. Why do teams overpay for receivers? Quarterbacks, left tackles and the defense is where the big money should be spent.

  9. onemorethentherest says:

    Feb 28, 2017 1:34 AM

    Let’s go for a four straight playoff appearance mr.brown
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    haha sad reality is Pittsburgh can only look forward to playoff “appearances” as long as Brady and Belichick are around.

    Tomlin gets so thoroughly out coached by Belichick every single time that I have a hard time see Pittsburgh getting over the hump.

  10. its too much money for a position that touches the ball < 10 times per game, even with his punt returning (which I don't see him doing much longer with that kind of $$) he is prolly averaging around 10 touches.

    He is a top 3 WR in the league but I just hate to see a team inflate the market like that…a WR shouldn't be averaging more than 10 million per year….and that 10 million per should be for the top 5 WRs only….good work steelers

  11. I’d much rather give a contract like this to a Monster WR that keeps his mouth shut and shows that he’s team first like Julio Jones or AJ Green. I’m not completely sure AB will be the same player with the money.

  12. it is true that Brown only touches the ball, or is targeted, about 10-12 times a game. BUT…. he takes a CB and a SS/FS away from the line of scrimmage on EVERY play. This helps free up the other WR, or a running play for Bell.

  13. I’m not sure if I would have signed either Bell or Brown to that kind of money, but I think part of the reason may have been Roethlisberger. He was already making noises about retiring, real or not. If the steelers let either guy go, he probably woulda lost his mind. With the wear and tear on his body, BB’s window is probably 2-3 yrs. He’ll be 35 when the season starts. The steelers may have just decided to keep it together for another 2-3 shots at it while BB is around. Draft well, add a few small pieces here and there, and sort it out after that. And hope you can avoid the Patriots.

  14. Please name me the last “great”, “top paid” Wide Receiver that won a Super Bowl for its team.

    Hines Ward

  15. Brown is a great player. Mike Tomlin is a joke of a coach. Combine the two and you have a team that will not win a championship.

    Just because the internet lets dumb people post dumb stuff…..it doesn’t mean you have to do it. Time for you to fondle your #12 Binky and take a nap. You wish you had AB…..but you don’t.

  16. tedmurph | Feb 28, 2017, 11:25 AM EST
    I’m not sure if I would have signed either Bell or Brown to that kind of money, but I think part of the reason may have been Roethlisberger. He was already making noises about retiring, real or not. If the steelers let either guy go, he probably woulda lost his mind. With the wear and tear on his body, BB’s window is probably 2-3 yrs. He’ll be 35 when the season starts. The steelers may have just decided to keep it together for another 2-3 shots at it while BB is around. Draft well, add a few small pieces here and there, and sort it out after that. And hope you can avoid the Patriots.

    No body really cares what a Patriots troll thinks because it’s not based on any facts. Teddy the Rug is stating the obvious water cooler talk that proves why he is not an NFL GM and is a snarky troll . Were they on your team Teddy you would do the exact same thing……

  17. On rare days when people are talking about FB, the troll and weak insult crowd are better off staying at the kiddie table, where they belong. Those people are simply out if their depth.

  18. Brown is a great player. Mike Tomlin is a joke of a coach. Combine the two and you have a team that will not win a championship.
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    Newsflash, the Steelers have already won a superbowl with Mile Tomlin in case you missed it. Now to go along with Brown being such a great player. Why again wouldn’t they win another championship?

  19. You could argue that Tomlin did a Switzer and won with Cowher’s team. 3 playoff wins in the last 6 yrs isn’t up to steeler standards.

  20. 3 playoff wins in the last 6 yrs isn’t up to steeler standards.
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    Didn’t realize it had gotten that bad.

    I have nothing against Steelers, always liked the way their fans traveled and their tradition, but man that was bad weak against my Pats in AFC title game.

    Steelers had more talent but their coaches come into the game with the same schemes that haven’t worked against Belichick before and then they’re apparently incapable of making in-game adjustments. Good luck with all that.

  21. It’s always smart to sign the guy who carried you through a SB loss, a Tebowing, back to back 8-8 seasons, and humiliating post season defeats to the Ravens, the Broncos, and the Patriots. Yeah, that’s your guy.

  22. tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 8:36 AM

    Have they ever decisively beaten the Patriots or was it only when Brady was hurt in 2008?

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    The article mentioned nothing about the Patriots. Why are you commenting? The Patriots fanbase is the worst in the NFL, bar none.

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