The Pittsburgh Steelers have restructured Antonio Brown’s contract to give him a $2 million that was part of his 2016 salary into a bonus this year.
This move alongside contract restructures of tight end Heath Miller’s, and currently injured kicker Shaun Suisham has created nearly $6 million in cap space according to Adam Schefter.
They are apparently going to use the majority of this to offset a large number of injured players counting against the salary cap this year.
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With the added $2 million to his current $6 million, the Steelers wide receiver will now make $8 million this year. It was rumoured that Brown would holdout in order to receive a pay rise, but instead he showed up for the team and hoped they would see his case.
As evidence of today, they did and they agreed he deserved more money.
Brown signed a six-year, $43 million deal with the Steelers before the 2012 season. Since then, he has become an even bigger star on their offense and he wanted to be awarded with a pay rise for this achievement.
The wide receiver approached the team this offseason about altering his deal so that he would receive more money. Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert met with Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus, but said that Brown’s contract would not be altered.
It’s nice to see one of the top five wide receivers in the NFL being given the restructured deal he deserves after what he achieved last season. In 2014, Brown achieved a career high of 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns from 129 receptions.