Antonio Brown wants new deal, won’t be at offseason workouts

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With 25 teams starting their offseason workout programs this week, the time is ripe for players to signal their discontent with their contracts or other matters by skipping the voluntary work.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is on the list of players going that way this year. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that Brown will not be joining his teammates at offseason workouts as he tries to push the Steelers toward giving him a new deal.

Brown signed a six-year, $43 million deal with the Steelers in the summer of 2012, but has seen his numbers explode over the last two seasons as the focal point of the Pittsburgh passing offense. He’s caught 239 passes for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Steelers while playing in every game and adding two more touchdowns as a punt returner.

Those numbers make Brown integral to anything the Steelers want to do on offense this season and Garafolo reports he’s mulling an extended absence from the Steelers in hopes of getting the new contract terms he wants. Brown is reportedly considering missing June’s mandatory minicamp and training camp time as well, which would make for a contentious standoff if the Steelers don’t find a way to make Brown happy before the calendar gets to those points.

142 responses to “Antonio Brown wants new deal, won’t be at offseason workouts

  1. The RAVENS are licking their chops and so are the World Champion Patriots!

    But don’t worry…just hire Dr Rydze back and all will be well. We all know Dr Rydze is the cure to all that ails the Steelers. 🙂

    Can’t hurt. I mean it’s not like they’ve won a playoff game in recent memory but nobody will forget about the time they got punked by Tebow. 🙂 I know Dr Rydze and his er… “help” would have helped prevented that from happening!

  2. Nobody forced you to take a 6 year deal so you could be rewarded with the long term financial comfort you were looking for at the time.

    You should have bet on yourself with a shorter contract if you want more now, so shut up and play football.

  3. …this is the part where he gets traded to Miami and Steelers fans completely turn there backs on him by saying how limited and selfish he is

  4. Only a 1/3 of the way thru his old deal and he wants another. They need to keep this guy around tho.

  5. He has only completed 2 years out of 5 so I don’t see the Steelers renegotiating this year. Plus, his cap number is already $9.7m. The only way he will get more money is to add years.

    Now we know why the Steelers have been bringing in so many WRs for pre-draft visits.

  6. I hate when guys try to do this. You signed the deal. If it was your rookie deal I would understand, you didn’t really have a choice there. But you & the team both took a chance on that last deal. You took the chance that you wouldn’t out-perform it & they took a chance that you wouldn’t under-perform it. You could’ve played out your rookie deal & hit the FA market but you chose to lock yourself up. I almost never side with the teams on contracts, but in this case I do.

  7. of course it’s easy to say he’s being greedy. but he deserves to be paid like a top 5 WR. especially because of his age.

  8. Can’t blame him. When you see Torrey Smith get that kind of money there’s NO WAY he could live with himself showing up under his current deal.

    If Torrey is getting $40MIL, AB is worth at LEAST $120mil.

  9. Average 1500 yards and 10TD’sover 2 seasons and even more importantly, playing in every game.

    Dude is a stud, rework the deal and keep him on board.

    Holdouts are a reality of todays NFL.

  10. Rut-Roh ! Looks like the Steelers have a new Diva on their hands. I really wish these WR’s would realize that Ben makes these guys, sure they all have some talent, but they become stars in Pittsburgh and then move on to other teams and become mediocre at best. This coming from a rational fooftball fan and not a Steelers fan nor a Troll attempt.

  11. Seriously!!! He just got a $43 Million Dollar deal 3 years ago? That is messed up! That is NOT chump change–that’s dam good money! Whatever guy…

  12. He sacrificed a higher payday for security and now wants the higher payday, too. Too bad.

  13. I remember when the Steelers chose to reward AB with a contract over Mike Wallace because he was the more team-oriented guy.

    I wonder if players had fully guaranteed contracts would they have the incentive to pull stunts like this two years into a six year pact?

  14. Tebow Curse! Listen when Pittsburgh got clobbered by Tebow in the playoffs years ago and haven’t been close to winning a playoff game since, players want BIG contracts to stay in Pittsburgh. They know they wont sniff a playoff win in their career, so lets make lots of $$$ to soften the pain.

  15. Use your leverage while you can, young man. An injury tomorrow could cause your employer to toss you away.

  16. I suppose this is why the team was bringing in Jaelen Strong and Breshard Perriman for visits.

  17. Martavis Bryant can be better than antonio… As great as he is how many playoff games have we won with him ?????? C ya antonio.. Ask wallace how it worked out, ask mike merriweather… He is GONE

  18. I wonder if this is why Ravens don’t have #1 receiver. They are great to have if they are affordable, but my money would go to offensive line and QB.

  19. Lardarius Webb took a pay cut just to shut this guy down again.

    That’s why the Ravens win playoff games and the Steelers keep yapping about Super Bowls they won before half the USA’s current population was born.

  20. If I ran a team, I would never renegotiate unless the player had a different agent than the one who represented him on the “bad” contract. That would be my policy. I wonder how many players would be getting advice to renegotiate if all teams had that policy. It’s for the player’s own good. After all, his agent must not have represented him very well in the first place.

  21. Seems to me this is the same thing Assunte Samuel pulled on the Eagles. Only he had on field off field issues with management, and supposed to had gang ties, now you know why the Eagles let him walk.

  22. Would he be clambering to give money back if he had garbage numbers the last two years?

  23. I used to hate it when players didn’t live up to their contracts, but now that I understand that owners spend so much time strong arming them into taking less after the first year, that I don’t know who to blame. I still think all contracts should be 2 years long and fully guaranteed. That way players get multiple chances to cash in when they play well and teams aren’t stuck with long term deals for people who stop playing once they get paid.

  24. so many poor people on here hating on him wanting more money for EASILY out performing his contract, when NFL teams repeatedly cut players and force them to take huge salary decreases.

    Why do fans always side with the teams who have the power 95% of the time, but get mad when the players use some of theirs? Open your eyes people

  25. AB ran circles around Webb. Unreal make it up as you go trolls in here. I’m glad he’s back. He’s abused Joe Haden and L. Webb equally.

  26. This is a bad year to be asking for more money, with all the draftable WRs.

    Why do the Ravens never have these problems? Why do the Steelers always have these problems?

  27. Antonio JUST cashed in. I love the guy, but what the hell? Was he going to give back his signing bonus if his production tanked?

    C’mon man.

  28. He doesn’t have much leverage with 4 years left on his deal but I think they should give him more money anyway. He has established himself as an All Pro WR so he has every right to try and get paid like one. The Steelers are finally in a good cap situation so I think they should cough up the dough. Better now than later when his best years are behind him.

  29. I get the ‘you signed, now play’ sentiment, but how much of the remaining money is guaranteed? And teams asking players to take pay cuts so common, can you really blame the guy for looking for more?

    Like someone else said, guaranteeing a couple years of the base would probably go a long ways to making him happy.

  30. I thought we rid ourselves of the “Young Money” guys when we signed A.B. and let Wallace and Sanders go.

  31. I can see this going into the last year of the contract but this guy still has 3 years (half the contract) left to go. Shut up and go to work.

  32. “Nobody forced you to take a 6 year deal so you could be rewarded with the long term financial comfort you were looking for at the time.”

    There’s only comfort for the upfront or guaranteed portions, otherwise the team can cut him any time. So it’s kind of understandable to want to renegotiate if he thinks he has he leverage to get it while he can.

  33. Bryant is good, Wallace is good. Can we now discuss how nice it is to play with a QB who can keep the play alive? Big Ben makes it so DBs have to try and track guys for 7-10 seconds, which is near impossible. Remember how much success Holmes had in the offense?

  34. At least in this case, Brown has an argument.

    Over the first three years of his deal, including the signing bonus, he as averaged about 4.3 million a year. Over the next three years, he’s due to make 6, 8.2, and 8.7.

    He’s clearly outperformed his contract in those first years, but as the argument goes, would he give the money back if he didn’t?

    Give the guy a pay bump, but at the same time, you can’t bust your cap on a WR. It’s got to be reasonable for both sides.

  35. …WR can’t play this game with the Steelers…they draft WR’s every year and develope them..Weaton and the Montenous Bryant. Steelers will just trade A.Brown for a high pick and draft another WR THIS year. Game over.

  36. This is why all contracts should be performance based contracts. you do well or great you get paid more. you suck you make less.

  37. Time to Mike Wallace him Steeler fans since the spin was that he was the “team guy” and Wallace was the cancer, despite him taking the deal that Wallace initially passed on.

  38. Bah. Pats fan, no love for the Steelers or the buffoon Tomlin, but Rothlesberger makes WRs look good. Like Wallace, Brown is a bust waiting to happen unless he has Brady, Rogers or Manning throwing to him. He goes to the Redskins, Jets, Bills or any mediocre QB team and he is mediocre at best.

  39. Bell’s out, AB is the best player on the team. And the best punt returner in the game.

    PAY HIM!!! This is what happens when Torrey Smith is paid like a No.1 and he’s a 2 1/2 (never a 1 even with Steve Smith). How can any WR sleep at night after Torrey Smith got that deal? #sleepless nights

  40. He’s outperformed his contract and he’s underpaid, according to the WR market. If players underperform they’re either cut or asked to take a pay cut. Why shouldn’t it work both ways? He also did them a favor by restructuring last yr to free up 4 mil in cap money. They could actually reduce this yrs cap hit by redoing his deal. On the other hand, he has no leverage. The Steelers would let him sit, good as he is, and he knows it. Just trying to make a strong statement.

  41. AB won the Steelers two playoff games in 2011. Bandwagoneers in here don’t know the history.

  42. Any reasonable fan would expect this. Look, the guy is a beast. I would dare any commenter who is saying “play out your contract” to say the Steelers aren’t coming out way ahead in this deal. We didn’t want to sign Wallace or Sanders to “big-money” contracts, signing AB instead for 75% of what the other WRs wanted. Now we have a guy that is producing far better than any of us ever expected for an average salary (in WR terms). Of course he’s going to ask for more, and as Teddy KGB said, “Pay that man his money”. He’s already earned it, and he’s a rare commodity in today’s NFL.

    And plus, you know, since the team has all the power and contracts really aren’t guaranteed anyways the Steelers would still be in control.

  43. Anyonee know what his cap number is this year. Might not be a terrible idea to extend him, give him a signing bonus and level out the cap hit over the remainder of his contract. Could even free up some current cap space.

    Steelers would be fools to let this guy go. You have too many wholes to fill (OL,CB,safety) without worrying about WR’s.

    Go Oz

  44. I can’t think of any time the Steelers gave in to this kind of situation. Barry Foster had them over a barrel back in his day, an All Pro RB on a team without much else in the way of talent. He held out, but the Rooneys wouldn’t cave in. Then he came back, got injured, and was done.

    Brown signed his contract, a contract that gave the Steelers the power to cut him at any time if they wanted. If he wanted an “out” he should have negotiated a condition that made the contract voidable by him if he hit certain performance incentives.

  45. We just gave this guy a 6 year, 42 mil contract and he’s moaning and complaining???? Wow.

    It’s not right that a guy gets a new contract and turns around every couple of years and wants more money.

    Revis does this and now this concept is spreading throughout the league.

    Honor your contract and you will be compensated properly when it is over.

  46. Pretty sure that the Steelers will kiss this spoiled brats ass.Just like they did with their rapist Quarterback.

  47. I just love how the steelers get into the small minds of the steelers trolls. Ben Ben, AB, Le’veon Bell best trio in the league. Plug in some missing parts on a defense and you have a steelers team capable of winning another superbowl.

  48. On second thought, this would be a good time to move him. Since he wants to complain, we will trade him to some Siberia, desolate team like the Redskins who will give him all the money he wants but will get him physically punished and broken up. He’ll learn the same little lesson that Mike Wallace and Santonio Holmes learned.

    We will punish you by making you play with an inferior QB. Then see how you like all that money. Ask Mike Wallace.

  49. whats the point of signing the contract if you’re going to piss and moan about it halfway through.

    guarantee when his play drops off in five years he’ll be refusing to take a pay cut. These guys want it both ways.

  50. Wonder how much of a role his agent has in this.

    If there’s any truth to it, I think they get a deal figured out. Steelers know he’s a key part to what is one of the top three WR/QB/RB trios in the NFL. Furthermore, Brown’s known as a complete workhorse and professional within the organization (which is kind of what makes this whole thing seem weird). It’s a different scenario entirely from when Wallace left.

    Also, people complaining about players holding out because of contract/money issues — it’s been going on for decades. Joe Greene did in 1969 before anyone in Pittsburgh knew who he was.

  51. If that schedule has three playoff teams on it for the first 3 games, with Bell out, the Steelers will balk.

    Mike Tomlin can’t afford another losing season.

  52. as much as I love AB if this is how he is going to be then it’s time to trade him for a 1st round pick, I’m sure someone would be willing to take him and give him the money he wants and in return the Steelers can get an extra 1st and draft a replacement somewhere in the draft. As the Steelers have shown recently, there’s always options at WR in the draft.

  53. I can’t think of any time the Steelers gave in to this kind of situation. Barry Foster had them over a barrel back in his day, an All Pro RB on a team without much else in the way of talent. He held out, but the Rooneys wouldn’t cave in. Then he came back, got injured, and was done.

    Brown signed his contract, a contract that gave the Steelers the power to cut him at any time if they wanted. If he wanted an “out” he should have negotiated a condition that made the contract voidable by him if he hit certain performance incentives
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    I totally agree with the commentor. Pittsburgh does not cave in period. Brown should have had incentive clauses in his contract thereby a restructuring would occur. I do not see the Steeler brass giving in. Brown will be fined and not paid if he doesn’t show up.

  54. It seems that the rumor about Steelers’ fans is true. Most of you are idiots. How can you even think about letting this guy go? There are ways of dealing with this situation that may even be cap friendly.
    If you even hope to be relevant in the AFC North in 2015 you need to make this guy happy and use your 1st round pick on the secondary (not another WR who won’t be nearly as good as the one you have now). Flacco won’t even need a number one receiver to torch those clowns you currently have in your secondary.

    Go Oz

  55. We all know how this works. They rework his contract, give him twice the money in half the time fully guaranteed, and then he will break his leg in game 2 and be out the rest of the season.

  56. He should take a page from Lawrence Timmons on professionalism not Mike Wallace or Antonio Holmes!!! What is with these guys!!! Don’t they learn from watching the jerks before them!!! Dag nab it he is so good and does not need to act like Terrel Owens, Chad Ochostinko, 420 Holmes, Wallace etc!!! He will have a HOF career if he stays in the burgh and he will get paid why be so damn greedy!!!!

  57. Steelers caved and gave Hines a new deal. AB is the best in the league and will be paid HALF of what the top 5 paid WRs will get.

  58. Teams ask players to take paycuts halfway through contracts all the time, so I don’t necessarily think he’s evil for wanting a new deal as good as he’s been the last 2 years. If his stance is, “I’ve out-played my deal; I want a new one” that’s fine. If his stance is “(inser player name here” got (insert contract value here) so I should get more,” that’s not fine. That mindset needs to be left on the elementary school playground.

    The missing info here is, how much does he want? That will go a long way in determining which of these stances he is taking.

  59. AB has 3 years left on his contract. The Steelers have the upper hand. Let him sit out if he chooses. See if Wheaton and Bryant can fill the void. If they can, trade AB after the in 2016 for the best offer.

    The Steelers cap has an $8.5M hit this year for Woodley. When that expires after this season, they can throw a little more money at AB.

  60. I doubt Brown will hold out of Training Camp.

    He deserves a long term contract. He’s one of the best players in the league. However, whether they want to give one to him or not he’ll probably play. Nothing to worry about.

  61. drunkraider says:
    Apr 20, 2015 11:48 AM

    This is why all contracts should be performance based contracts. you do well or great you get paid more. you suck you make less.

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    There are lots of performance milestones built into most NFL contracts, and then there is the ultimate one which is if you are cut you get no salary at all except the guaranteed part.

    In other sports the entire contract is guaranteed. The NFL is already by far the most progressive when it comes to paying for performance.

    They are more progressive than any company with highly paid individuals too.

  62. Re do his contract
    Give him 6 year 100 million with 40 million guarenteed w/4 mill sign bonus & backloaded year 5&6 so you can cut him or redo his contract after 4 years
    Will average out to 4 year @ 10 mill a year…. That’s fair & cap hit is reasonable… Problem solved

  63. jtbsteeler says:
    Apr 20, 2015 12:22 PM
    If that schedule has three playoff teams on it for the first 3 games, with Bell out, the Steelers will balk.

    Mike Tomlin can’t afford another losing season.

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    Tomlin has never had a losing season.

  64. He can certainly make a strong argument on his increased value. He’s been one of the most productive players of the last few years. He’s probably the most agile WR in the game right now. In terms of average salary per year, he the 13th highest paid WR, and that’s probably not acceptable for his level of production. Maclin, Fitzgerald, V. Jackson, Wallace, Garcon all are higher-paid. Can’t fault him for trying.

  65. jtbsteeler says:
    Apr 20, 2015 12:22 PM
    If that schedule has three playoff teams on it for the first 3 games, with Bell out, the Steelers will balk.

    Mike Tomlin can’t afford another losing season.
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    Another Losing Season? Wasn’t aware that he had any…..

    I think the team might be willing to shop him. His value is at its highest.

  66. Those long term contracts like that benefit no one, not sure why teams offer them or why players accept them. No one can see the future, I guess it makes more sense for the team because they can cut the player at any time but it really makes no sense for the player.

    Either hes locked into a contract that doesnt pay market value or he gets cut because hes too expensive at some point. Either way the player loses.

  67. 20.3% of his contract is guaranteed, and he has 239 receptions in 32 games. Also 0 missed games in that span. Those numbers are tops in the NFL over that span as well. Quit hating, they are going to pay him.

    Deal with it

  68. NFL contracts are meant to be blown up, your team can cut u whenever, he’s gotta maximize his brief window to earn. plus he’s not a criminal like 20% of the NFLPA. you have to reward the core boy scouts on you team as you balance the Blounts and Bell’s on your teams. At least he’s not a knucklehead.

  69. Puts everyone in a difficult position, but its true that he is producing with the top receivers. If he does not loose his mind, I hope they come up with something fair and wise for the team situation.

  70. People wonder why the NFL doesn’t fully guarantee their contracts. I mean seriously, they hold 2 years into a 6 year deal.

    People make it sound like he had no power in the negotiations. He chose to sign, there was no gun to his head. Does he deserve a bump, probably, however holding out isn’t the best way to get it.

  71. Everybody can’t make huge money on an NFL team. Sometimes you have to be happy with what you can get. If Ben decides to target Bryant next year Browns numbers are going to drop. Without plays being called for you and the QB being able to throw to you, the arguments of why your worth more are really mute. I’d be happy to restructure and make it far more incentive ladden if thats what he wants. Perform on the field and you make more.

  72. As a Steelers fan this dismays me. He just signed a 2012 contract for 43 MILLION dollars. Yes, he’s good, but you need to honor your contract and at the proper time see if someting can be changed. Holding out is not the answer and makes you look like a jerk.

  73. I don’t mind when guys do this as long as it’s not my team. I side with the player but it leaves a stain on the team. Love that the Steelers get to look real weak here, or even better, lose AB.

  74. Pay the man! He’s one of the best receivers in the game meaning he should get paid like one. He’s also the hardest working player on the team staying after practice while everyone else is home eating dinner. That leadership to the younger WRs is priceless! Pay the man! He deserves it!

  75. I don’t mind that AB thinks he’s worth more than he’s getting paid. After the last two years, he probably is. However, this seriously makes me question his commitment to the team. He signed a contract, if he has a problem with that contract – he should take that up with his agent. Not hold the team hostage.

    I’m guessing that when he signed that contract it looked like a lot of money, and he probably didn’t complain much.

    If I were the Steelers, I’d offer this – Since you now want to re-negotiate a contract that you signed in good faith: if you’re one of the top two receivers in the league, we’ll pay you $10m. If you’re not, you get the league minimum. Deal?

  76. Nobody can be happy with just being a millionaire. At some point, greed hits even the most stand up guys. Lost a bunch of respect for this guy now. Cant stand greed. No place for it.

  77. He signed the deal in the summer of 2012. His production has far outweighed his salary and he deserves to to be a top 3 paid WR. He has played 3 years of his contract and all the guaranteed money is gone.

  78. Smart man…he deserves more and i do not blame him and if he did not want more money i would think he has a bad agent.They got an all pro at 4.5 mill a year and if he did not perform they would be asking him to take a paycut.

    I love my steelers but football is not a fair game when it comes to business.

  79. I watched Brown abuse L. Webb all season last year. As a die hard Ravens fan I would love to see the Steelers trade, sit or otherwise piss off AB. After Ben he is the most valuable player on your team. I am speechless at the number of Steelers’ fans who simply want to get rid of him. Without this guy you will be battling Cleveland to stay out of last place.

    Go Oz

  80. Lardarius Webb took a pay cut just to shut this guy down again.

    That’s why the Ravens win playoff games and the Steelers keep yapping about Super Bowls they won before half the USA’s current population was born.
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    None of what you said makes any sense. Webb is hot garbage against anyone (let alone AB), and half of the US population was not born in the last 6 years.

  81. I don’t really understand how the cap works as it relates to performance based compensation, but I think a deal that has the following:

    — three more years at about the same rate as the current deal (~$7.5M)
    — guarantee another big chunk of the deal … maybe 50% (~$20-25M)
    — 33% upside per year through incentives … he can earn $10M.

    would reflect Brown as a top five guy, would appeal to his work ethic and be reasonable for the Steelers. He would be the second highest paid Steeler … reasonable.

  82. I like the guy and hes a valuable part of the steelers O,but he signed a contract.If I were the steelers I wouldn’t trade him.Id let him sit out BUT it would cost him for every meeting,practice and game that he didn’t show.4 more years and not getting paid for not showing when he is supposed to im sure hed either change his mind.If u don’t show up for work in the real world not only do u not get paid u don’t have a job.AB wouldn’t be able to go to any other team either as long as hes under contract,so he may have to work at mcdonalds.By the time the 4 years is up then let him walk,wouldnt want him anyways if he went that long.All owners should do this and not give in.This would keep players from doing this kind of thing.DONT sign a contract if u don’t want to honor it.Especially long term,someone whos not as good is bound to end up making more than u if u sign long term,owners and fans shouldn’t have to suffer because u think u made a dumb signing

  83. donshontz: “DONT sign a contract if u don’t want to honor it.”

    It is a strange one sided feature of NFL contracts that allows a player under say a five year deal with a team to be cut tomorrow. Within the terms of the contract, that flexibility only goes one way. I do not not understand why this evolved this way in Football. I am a hockey fan and if you sign a guy for five years at $5m per, and you decide you don’t like him, you don’t get to walk away … it’s a contract.

    As a consequence, I don’t think of it as much in the context of “honor”. If you have the leverage, use it. But live and die by the sword.

  84. Everyone has heard he works like a maniac. We all know, getting his first big payday did nothing to change that … he still worked and he still performed (unlike Lamar Woodley).

    I think that risk of putting another long term deal on the table is gone … so what is the problem … he is a top five receiver, extend him.

  85. Everyone has heard he works like a maniac. We all know, getting his first big payday did nothing to change that … he still worked and he still performed (unlike Lamar Woodley).

    I think that risk of putting another long term deal on the table is gone … so what is the problem … he is a top five receiver, extend him.

  86. Am I the only Steelers fan that thinks we need to pay the man? He’s worth way more than his contract, and he’s not a diva. If I was getting paid 2/3 my worth I’d hold out too. He’s the team MVP and a top-5 MVP candidate in the AFC. Who cares if he already has a contract. Sell the farm if you have to. Pay AB

  87. Does AB deserve to be paid as much as the highest paid receivers in the NFL? No question. Should his agent advise him that this tactic won’t work with the Steelers and that they offered him a generous contract when he was a nobody? Yes. I blame the agent for doing his client a disservice, he still has 3 years left on a contract he negotiated 2 years ago. AB should seek better representation because he is basically admitting he poorly negotiated in the past, and is proving isn’t qualified by not understanding how this will impede current/ future negotiations.

  88. Brown is another I’m bigger than any team or the NFL. Brown should look at History didn’t a Super Bowl hero run to NY and is out and another Miami as a bust sent to Chicago and did not play. Sometimes that grass isn’t so green on the other side.

  89. brown is a fast great receiver and the number 1 receiver in the league that loves playing for steelers witch we need
    with all the amount of money he has he didn’t sign a 6yr deal in 2012 just not to get paid it’s 2015 if he feel the amount he has now is not enough for all the time s he played then he deserves to be paid the last time we played tebow was in 2012 that was 3 years ago

  90. 43million is a lot I still think as many years a player have played in the NFL should get paid a little more than amount they have already player s play in the NFL to finish off their career and get paid the longer they play

  91. I am hoping that the Rooneys allow this trash to sit out. in fact, allow him to sit out the remaining three years on his contract. I can’t imagine anyone in the real world being able to go to an employer and telling him that contract notwithstanding, he won’t be coming to work today until a richer contract is in place.

    And as a Steelers fan, I am supposed to root for this guy?

  92. When your groggy QB throws picks in the end zone and throws away another playoff game, what incentive do you have to play? Plus, he’s looking ahead to 2016 when the Steelers go to Philly to get Tebowed all over again.

  93. I just lost respect for this guy. There are ways to go about it but planning to hold out all of training camp with 3 years left on your contract is not going to get it done for brown. Sure he should be paid as a top 5 receiver in the league but it is a process that should not hinder the team’s offseason. Bell has leverage as he is the best player on the team but Steelers do not negotiate during the season so if he holds out for training camp, he may not play in 2015. Plus steelers need to extend heyward and decastro next year. This is not going to end well.

  94. Teams don’t honor contract to their full extent by cutting players. It’s perfectly in their right to do so. When the contract is signed it’s understood by both parties that the player can be cut at anytime. Why can’t players do the same? It’s also perfectly in their right to do so as well – and the team knows that the player has the right to sit out, retire, etc. at anytime he chooses. Funny how when a team cuts a player it’s called a “business decision” but when a player sits out it’s called “greed.”

  95. You got your “long term” contract….43$ M

    You dont like it??? LEAVE…

    PS… how did that work out for Mike Wallace…?

  96. PS… how did that work out for Mike Wallace…?

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    MW is crying all the way to the bank. He got his money. I’m sure he thinks it worked out very well.

  97. If players are so confident in their abilities, then they should sign shorter term contracts instead of long term. This way they can reassess their production and sign new (and bigger) contracts. I wonder if it’s really the agents who are pushing these long term deals worth a lot of money since they get the cut of the total amount even if the contracts rarely play out to the end.

  98. Funny how when a team cuts a player it’s called a “business decision” but when a player sits out it’s called “greed.”

    How would it be greedy for a team to cut a player under contract? It usually happens when an aging player is underperforming to the current salary hit as per the contract. Greedy to free up cap room to sign more cost-effective players? Brown deserves more money but he has 3 years left and this is not the way to do it. Steelers do not usually extend contracts until there is at least 1 year left and they do not negotiate during the season. Even Dez Bryant is showing up to workouts right now.

  99. When your groggy QB throws picks in the end zone and throws away another playoff game, what incentive do you have to play? Plus, he’s looking ahead to 2016 when the Steelers go to Philly to get Tebowed all over again.

    Last year’s playoff game was over way before Ben threw that pick in the endzone. I believe that Tebow was 7-4 (including playoffs) in his last season with the Broncos. I guess there are 6 other teams out there shaking their boots.

  100. THE DEAL WAS FINE WHEN HE SIGNED IT.all the teams should hold players to deals and not cavein.players start not getting paid this crap might stop

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