The Pittsburgh Steelers managed to tie down one key figure to a long-term contract this offseason in the form of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger but recent reports suggested they may be dragged back to the negotiating table by another big name.
When Antonio Brown opted not to turn up to the Steelers' voluntary workouts at the start of this week the talk around the campfire was that the wide receiver was holding out for a bigger contract.
Brown breaks silence
Now though Brown himself has taken to social media to combat the reports - revealing what he has been spending the past three days doing whilst his teammates reunite in Pittsburgh.
Brown's Tweet certainly doesn't sound like a man with calculated desires to boost his bank balance. Rather, it sounds like a new father trying not to miss out on the first few months of his child.
Rejecting the rumors
Having signed a new deal back in 2012, before he cemented his place as one of the league's top wideouts, there were suggestions that Antonio Brown was trying to force through a new deal that paid him as such.
Indeed, Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo even suggested that Brown could hold out all the way into Pittsburgh training camp.
Of course that could still be the case with Brown simply doing his best to appease Steelers fans worried about his future with the franchise. Going on record to talk about his family and linking back up with teammates though seems a cheap way to go about it if that were the case.
Until Pittsburgh have Brown back out on the practice field these rumors will continue to run, and after the year the star has just had it kind of makes sense.
Antonio Brown topped the NFL in receiving yards in 2014 with 1,698 to his name. Picking up 13 touchdowns in the process makes him one of the biggest threats to secondaries the league over.
As it stands though Brown's $6 million for the 2015 campaign will rank him as the 11th highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. At some point that gap will have to close. Steelers fans will be hoping that comes via amicable contract negotiations rather than a drop off in form from their star attraction.
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