Steelers GM: Team won't renegotiate Antonio Brown contract until 2017

Friday August 21st, 2015

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not offer wide receiver Antonio Brown a new contract until the 2017 off-season, general manager Kevin Colbert told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 

The decision is consistent with the team's long-standing policy to not renegotiate contracts with more than one year remaining, with an exception granted to quarterbacks. Ben Roethlisberger was offered a new contract with two years remaining on his previous deal and signed before the final year.

“It was something that was here before I got here, and I am sure it will continue after I am gone,” Colbert told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It is just the consistency within the organization. It is something that we believe in and it works for us, so I don't see it changing.”

Brown signed a five-year extension in 2012 and is expected to earn $6 million this year, $8.25 million next season and $8.71 million in 2017. Last season, Brown caught 129 passes for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns. 

Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton is represented by the same agent as Brown and landed a five-year, $65 million contract last week.

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