Phase one of the Pittsburgh Steelers offseason program is now underway and unfortunately wide receiver Antonio Brown won’t be present for it.
According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, Brown is seeking new deal and thus won’t be attending the Steelers offseason workouts. In addition to that, Brown is reportedly mulling a holdout from minicamp and training camp if he doesn’t get a new deal.
Steelers WR Antonio Brown seeking new deal. Won't attend offseason workouts, mulling holdout from minicamp, training camp, sources say.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 20, 2015
Brown signed a five year, $41.7 million contract extension with the Steelers on July 27, 2012. At that time, the Central Michigan product and former sixth-round draft pick received an $8.5 million signing bonus and that was the only money guaranteed in his contract at that time.
Brown still has three years left on his contract and he now evidently feels like he’s under-payed after leading the league in receptions (129) and receiving yards (1,698). It will be interesting to see how the Steelers handle him as they usually do not cave to holdout tactics.