Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is getting a raise for the 2016 season.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Brown signed a restructured contract on Wednesday. Brown posted a picture of him signing the new deal on Twitter as well.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Steelers moved $4 million of Brown’s base salary to 2016 and his contract still runs through the 2017 season.
Entering Wednesday, Brown was scheduled to earn $6.25 million in 2016 and $8.17 million in 2017, the final year of his contract. By paying him $4 million of his 2017 base salary this year, Brown will now earn $10.25 million in 2016.
Last year, the Steelers restructured Brown’s contract in a similar fashion and it included him being paid forward $2 million of his 2016 base salary.
According to Schefter, the Steelers are promising to give Brown a true extension after the 2016 season.
The only real unknown at this point revolves around whether or not the Steelers also restructured any of Brown’s original 2016 base salary.
If we are to believe a report by Schefter, Brown will earn $10.25 million in 2016 with $8.975 million of that coming in the form of a signing bonus. If that is indeed the case, then the Steelers also turned $4.975 million of Brown’s $6.25 previously scheduled base salary in 2016 into a signing bonus in addition to the $4 million of his 2017 previously scheduled base salary.
Steelers moved $4M from 2017 to 2016 for Antonio Brown. His contract still runs through 2017.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 31, 2016
Steelers moved up $4 million from next year to this year, boosting Antonio Brown's base salary to $10.25 this year, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2016
Breakdown: #Steelers WR Antonio Brown gets $10.25M this year (with $8.975M signing bonus) and a promise of a new deal next year, source said
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2016