What a difference a week can make.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown didn’t report to the start of the team’s offseason conditioning work along with his teammates and his absence was tied to a report that he was looking for a new contract and mulling an extended absence that could lead him to miss mandatory work at both minicamp and training camp. Brown chimed in later in the week to say that he was hanging out with his new child and was looking forward to getting back to work with the team.
The wait for his return to the team’s facility wasn’t a particularly long one. The Steelers posted some pictures from Monday’s workout session and Brown is among the featured players.
Brown’s an integral part of Pittsburgh’s offensive plans, but his chances of getting a new contract three years into the six-year deal he signed before the 2012 season were not good given the Steelers’ history of dealing with extensions for current players. We’ll see if his arrival leads to any discussions about reworking the existing deal to guarantee more money or otherwise adjust it to make Brown happier, but it would seem a holdout is unlikely at any point this offseason.