Antonio Brown wants more money, but ‘would never hold out’
Steelers wideout Antonio Brown would like a new contract, but he won’t hold out of training camp to get one.
“I would never hold out,” Brown told reporters after practice on Sunday. “I’ve never held out. I’m a first-class guy in any relationship. The first way of getting better is showing up, so I’m always going to show up and do my part and be ready to go.”
Brown, who a two-time All-Pro receiver who set a pair of franchise records with 136 receptions for 1,834 yards last season, has two years and $16.7 million left on the five-year deal he signed back in 2012. Bengals wideout A.J. Green, another top receiver in the league, earns $15 million annually.
Pittsburgh’s star would like to make something similar.
“I can’t really fight what the rules are,” Brown continued. “You have to take care of your guys. If a guy underperforms you get rid of him. If a guy overperforms you take care of him.”
The team gave Brown a $2 million signing bonus last season, and has the option to do that again this year.
Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who is due to make just $1 million this year, ended his holdout on Sunday after just one day.
– Kenny Ducey