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Antonio Brown | Wide Receiver | #84

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/10/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 181
College: Central Michigan
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 6 (195) / PIT
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Steelers signed WR Antonio Brown to a four-year, $68 million extension through 2021.
Including a $19 million signing bonus, the extension will pay Brown $17 million annually and makes him the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver, passing A.J. Green's $15 million annual average. The top wideout of his generation -- and arguably the best we've seen since Randy Moss -- Brown has 100-plus catches in four straight years and double-digit touchdowns in three straight. Brown turns 29 in July. Because his game relies on route running and not elite athleticism, Brown should age well into his 30s. Feb 27 - 5:25 PM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there has been "significant progress" on long-term contract talks between the Steelers and Antonio Brown.

The goal is to have a new long-term deal hammered out by March 9, the start of the new league year. Brown has one year left on his current deal and will probably become the league's highest-paid receiver on his next contract.
Feb 27 - 12:17 PM

Speaking Thursday, GM Kevin Colbert said he wants contract-year WR Antonio Brown to retire as a Steeler.

"I can say unequivocally we want Antonio Brown to retire as a Steeler," were Colbert's exact words. He went on to confirm that talks have already begun, and are a "priority" for a team also dealing with Le'Veon Bell's free agency. The best receiver in the NFL turns 29 in July.
Feb 16 - 2:00 PM

According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, "several teams" have inquired on the availability of Antonio Brown, but the Steelers have said "hell no."

It doesn't come as a surprise. Despite all of the off-field "antics" that have been talked about the past month, Brown remains a fixture in Pittsburgh and part of the present and future. President Art Rooney II has already said an extension for Brown is a priority. In an interview with Freeman, however, Brown did admit he has some "growing up to do" as he's about to turn 29.
Feb 8 - 10:26 AM

According to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Antonio Brown "frequently ran the wrong patterns" when he was frustrated this season.

Cook attributed the lapses to a "lack of focus" but also wondered whether Brown ran the wrong routes intentionally as a way of pouting for not getting enough touches. In the article Cook makes the case for trading Brown, citing his "look-at-me antics," including an incident against the Dolphins when he prevented the Steelers from running their two-minute offense by jogging back to the line of scrimmage. Brown was also frequently flagged for excessive celebration and was criticized by both Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger for live-streaming Tomlin's post-game speech after beating the Chiefs in the Divisional Round. Despite some of these head-scratching distractions, Brown was still extremely productive this year and has already begun extension talks with the Steelers.
Feb 5 - 10:02 AM

The Steelers have opened extension talks with contract-year WR Antonio Brown.

This was expected after Steelers president Art Rooney II confirmed the team plans to extend Brown this offseason. A source tells ESPN's Jeremy Fowler a deal could get done "well before training camp." Brown is owed $8.71 million in the final year of his contract. He should land in the range of $14M annually.
Source: ESPN
Feb 3 - 8:06 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Steelers president Art Rooney II said the team anticipates extending contract-year WR Antonio Brown.

The best receiver in the league is due $8.71 million in the final year of his contract. Going on 29, Brown has every incentive to get a deal done this year. Speaking about Brown's supposed "distractions," Rooney deemed them "little annoyances, with the emphasis on little." Brown isn't going anywhere.
Jan 31 - 3:47 PM

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Antonio Brown's antics are "wearing thin" on coaches and teammates.

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Brown. First, he upset coach Mike Tomlin by live streaming Tomlin's postgame speech after the Divisional Round. A week later, Brown drew criticism from Ben Roethlisberger for "pouting" about not getting the ball enough. High-maintenance receivers are nothing new to the NFL, of course, and Brown's behavior will be easy to overlook if he keeps producing. Entering the last year of his deal, Brown remains likely to land a huge extension. The current negativity surrounding Brown has been pushed by the team and is likely part of contract negotiations.
Jan 29 - 10:21 AM

Speaking on his radio show Tuesday, Ben Roethlisberger called out Antonio Brown for "pouting" when he doesn't get the ball.

"He's one of the best in the business, and the plays that he makes and has made over his career are so special," Roethlisberger said. "I think sometimes that overshadows the extra stuff: the hands up, the arms up, the frustrations, the pouting, the things like that." Coach Mike Tomlin even hinted at this at his season-ending media session. Overall, it's not a big deal, but with Brown entering the final year of his contract, there have been whispers about the Steelers potentially dangling Brown as trade bait. Ultimately, expect him to get a handsome extension in Pittsburgh. Plenty of star receivers in NFL history have been divas in a sense.
Jan 25 - 9:53 AM

Antonio Brown pulled in seven-of-nine targets for 77 yards Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

As expected, Brown drew shadow coverage from Malcolm Butler whenever he was lined up outside. The Steelers were wise to shuffle Brown around the formation and he made a few nice plays out of the slot. Brown was a little sluggish in the first half but got going late with four catches for 51 yards after halftime. It wasn’t the ending he had hoped for, but the 2016 season proved once again that Brown is a rare talent and one of the most consistent receivers in all of football. He probably won’t go first overall like he did in most leagues last summer, but Brown remains a consensus top-five pick in all fantasy formats.
Jan 22 - 10:44 PM

Antonio Brown caught 6-of-11 targets for 108 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Brown went into the half with a 5-101 line on nine targets. His lone second-half catch came on the Steelers' final pass of the game, converting a third-and-short late in the fourth quarter that allowed the Steelers to drain the clock and take home the two-point win. Brown's longest catch was a total mismatch with OLB Justin Houston trying to cover him one-on-one deep down the left sideline. Brown easily won the matchup and turned it into a 52-yard gain. Brown later had a potential 17-yard touchdown ripped out of his grasps in the end zone when Marcus Peters made a great play to strip it. Brown and the Steelers head to Foxboro next weekend for the AFC Championship game. Brown went 7-106-0 against the Patriots in Week 7.
Jan 15 - 11:48 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Steelers could sign Antonio Brown to a deal this offseason that would make him the league's highest-paid wide receiver.

Brown agreed to a contract restructure last year with the expectation that the Steelers would take care of him after the season. Brown is entering the last year of his contract. A.J. Green is currently the league's highest-paid wide receiver at $15 million a year, but Rapoport fully expects Brown to top that.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 15 - 12:52 PM

Antonio Brown caught 5-of-9 targets for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' Wild Card win over the Dolphins.

Brown's touchdowns, both of which came in the first 10 minutes, went for 50 and 62 yards. The first was a masterpiece of patience, as Brown followed his blocks before finding the sideline. For the second, Brown shed light coverage before ambling by an attempted tackle and exploding to the house. The Steelers are traveling to Kansas City for the Divisional Round. Brown went 4-of-5 for 64/2 against the Chiefs in Week 4.
Jan 8 - 4:16 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he may sit Antonio Brown Week 17 against the Browns.

He said the same about Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell. Brown, who has not missed a game since 2012 and has played in all but three since 2010, might not like taking a seat with a fourth consecutive 110-catch, 1,300-yard season in reach, but it makes sense. Eli Rogers would likely see double-digit targets if Brown ends up sitting out and Sammie Coates (hamstring) and Ladarius Green (concussion) are unable to make it back.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Antonio Brown caught 10-of-11 targets for 96 yards and the game-winning touchdown Week 16 against the Ravens.

Brown was extremely quiet on the stat sheet early, managing just one catch for seven yards in the first half, but he made the stadium erupt with what looked like a 68-yard catch on the Steelers’ second drive. Unfortunately, Brown very clearly pushed off while the ball was in the air, and he was rightfully flagged for offensive pass interference. That penalty was all Brown could get going downfield before late in the game, but he exploded for 47 yards on back-to-back catches on a fourth quarter scoring drive before notching the game-winning touchdown with an outstanding second effort at the goal line. If Brown was not able to force his way into the end zone, the clock might have run out before the Steelers could clock the ball. That play earned the Steelers the division crown and a trip to the playoffs. Even with the injury concerns in the pass-catching corps, Brown's presence alone keeps Pittsburgh's passing attack among the most dangerous in the league.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 07:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Josh Dobbs
4Bart Houston
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
3Knile Davis
4Fitzgerald Toussaint
5Terrell Watson
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Eli Rogers
3JuJu Smith-Schuster
4Cobi Hamilton
5Marcus Tucker
WR21Martavis Bryant
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Sammie Coates
4Justin Hunter
5DeMarcus Ayers
WR31Eli Rogers
TE1Jesse James
2David Johnson
3Xavier Grimble
4Phazahn Odom
5Jake McGee
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Matt Feiler
3Jake Rodgers
LG1Ramon Foster
2Jerald Hawkins
3B.J. Finney
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Kyle Friend
3Lucas Crowley
RG1David DeCastro
2Ethan Cooper
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Chris Hubbard
3Brian Mihalik
4Keavon Milton
K1Chris Boswell