The Pittsburgh Steelers are taking care of their in-house business to kick-off this offseason.
Priority number one was signing wide receiver Antonio Brown to a contract extension. Today, they’ve done that at an eye-popping $15 million per season.
The length of the contract is five years, which means Brown will remain a Steeler through the peak years of his career. This is great news for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who can now rest easy knowing his favorite target will be on the field with him for the foreseeable future.
The high cost of the contract raises a few interesting questions elsewhere this offseason, though.
Few teams will be willing or able to match what the Steelers have given their star wide receiver. However, history has proven that once a benchmark is set for the highest value contract at a position, the next bonafide star who could potentially hit the market essentially holds his franchise hostage unless they pony up the dough.
It happens most notably with quarterbacks, but this is a trend to watch out for going forward.
The #Steelers and WR Antonio Brown have reached an agreement for him to be the highest paid WR, source said. $15M-plus per year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 27, 2017
— AB (@AB84) February 27, 2017
Is Brown deserving of the huge payday he’s about to receive? Well, it’s debatable from a wider perspective given that he is playing football, not saving the world. But if you are willing to accept the insane premiums placed on athletic ability, then Brown is as deserving as anyone else in the business.
Brown has totaled over 100 catches and 1,200 yards in each of the last for seasons, as well as 43 touchdown receptions in that span of time.
Congratulations on the contract, Antonio. Wednesday is the first of the month and I’m short on my rent…charity begins, after all, with total strangers.
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