With the start of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 regular season now just a few weeks away, super-agent Drew Rosenhaus is still working very hard at potentially getting wide receiver Antonio Brown more money this year.
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rosenhaus was in New Orleans meeting with Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert about Brown’s contract.
Colbert has maintained for some time now that Brown isn’t likely to get a new contract this year being as he currently has two years left on his current one. With that said, there is a chance that Colbert could pay Brown some of his 2017 base salary this year just as he did last year at around this same time.
As a result of Brown being paid $2 million of his previously scheduled 2016 base salary last year, the Steelers wide receiver is currently scheduled to earn $6.25 million this year and $8.71 million in 2017, the final year of his current contract.
The Steelers recently restructured the contracts of safety Mike Mitchell and tackle Marcus Gilbert in order to clear additional salary cap space this season. Is some of that additionally cap space earmarked to accommodate Brown receiving additional pay in 2016? We don’t have to wait long to find out if that ultimately winds up being the case.
In the meantime, Brown is scheduled to make his 2016 preseason debut Friday night against the New Orleans Saints.