Have no fear, a new contract for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is very near.
During his annual talk with the media on Thursday ahead of him leaving for the scouting combine, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert updated how current contract negotiations are going with Brown and his representation.
According to Mike Prisuta of DVE Radio, Colbert confirmed Thursday that contract extension talks with Brown are indeed underway and ahead of the team’s usual pace.
“We told Antonio last year his would be accelerated,” Colbert said Thursday.
None of this should come as a big surprise and especially since team president Art Rooney II indicated a few weeks ago that Brown will likely have a new contract in place during the offseason.
Colbert added Thursday that the Steelers have already had active discussions with Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who was in Pittsburgh last week.
“I can say unequivocally we want Antonio Brown to retire as a Steeler, just as we want Le’Veon Bell to retire as a Steeler,” Colbert said, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
By the sound of things, we can probably expect Brown to be signed to a new contract by the time the 2017 NFL Draft takes place and perhaps even sooner.