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Steelers' Antonio Brown demanding new contract

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Pittsburgh Steelers have had a tumultuous offseason so far with an array of departures in the playing and coaching department.

Most NFL teams have lost an array of key players for one reason or another, but the Steelers have seen two stars in Troy Polamula and Ike Taylor retire, while long-time defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has joined the Tennessee Titans.

Just when you thought things couldn't get more complicated for the Steelers, Le'Veon Bell was suspended for the first two games of the 2015 NFL season - and now Antonio Brown's latest stance will cause Pittsburgh even more problems.

Huge demands reported on Monday that Antonio Brown will skip workouts this offseason as he prepares to demand a new contract.

As we all know, the offseason conditioning is only voluntary, but the mere fact that Brown will not be attending because he wants a new deal, according to Ian Rapoport, certainly causes Pittsburgh some huge problems.

"NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Brown won't report to voluntary conditioning, because he wants a new contract, per a source informed of his plans," reported on Monday.

Brown only signed a new deal in 2012 which has him earning $43 million over six years, but Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports has also reported that Brown is so determined to get more money that he is considering "sitting out minicamp and training camp in a desire to get a new deal."

Not good timing

These reports certainly do not come at a good time for the Steelers. The AFC North team only signed star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a new deal last month, and it is likely that facilitating another deal for Brown will only cause problems for Pittsburgh as they try and replace parts of their team in serious need of replenishing.

However, it is also likely that after such an impressive season last year by Brown, the Steelers have already foreseen that the wideout will demand a new deal.

Does Brown deserve a pay rise?

Brown was after all the NFL leader in receiving yards during the 2014 regular season, while he also caught 13 touchdowns for the Steelers last campaign. Some may say that the star receiver deserves a pay rise.

What do you make of Brown's demands for a new deal? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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