Antonio Brown seeking new contract
Antonio Brown is arguably the best receiver in the NFL, in terms of production from the past few seasons, and he wants the Pittsburgh Steelers to start paying him like it.
The NFL is currently in voluntary off-season workouts, so the Steelers cannot fine Brown for missing out on these team activities. When minicamps begin, the Steelers can fine Brown up to $69,455 if he misses, and he can be fined up to $30,000 for every day of training camp he misses.
Brown is heading into the third year of a five-year, $41.96 million extension he signed in 2012. He is due a $6 million base salary and counts for $9.78 million against the Steelers’ salary cap next season.
Antonio Brown led the NFL with 129 receptions and 1,698 receiving yards in 2014, while making his third Pro Bowl in the last four seasons. Brown was also one of the top fantasy draft picks the past two seasons. Brown is even more valuable in a PPR league because he usually gets anywhere from 5 to 12 receptions per game.
The big question people are asking is, what are the fantasy implications of Brown’s current and future holdouts? Honestly, I think that Brown does deserve a new deal, but I do not think he needs to be away from the team during the offseason. Brown’s fantasy impact remains to be seen because if he misses training camp, issues may begin to arise. However, I think that Brown will get everything worked out with the Steelers organization in due time. Brown is still atop my big board of fantasy wide receivers going into 2015.