Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown insists the only number on his mind is 2015, not his salary.
A month ago, it was reported that Brown was unhappy with his contract and was prepared to hold out. His absence from voluntary workouts lasted only a week, and he was present with the rest of his teammates today for the start of offseason training activities.
Brown brushed aside questions about whether he planned to sit out the activities and minicamp in search of a new deal
“I’ll be there at training camp so you guys get ready to see me,” Brown said after the first of three scheduled practices this week. “I’ll be wearing my same new haircut. I’ll be smiling. I’ll be ready to go.”
Brown has three years remaining on his contract, and the Steelers do not typically renegotiate contracts with players until they have one year remaining. Brown is set to earn $23 million over the next three seasons after signing a six-year, $43 million contract in 2012, which he believes he has outperformed. He led the NFL with 129 catches and 1,698 yards last year while scoring 13 touchdowns.
Asked if he sold himself short when he signed that contract, Brown responded:
“That’s totally up to my agent. I’m here singularly focused to get better and better on my game. This organization has been nothing but first class to me, believing in my time and my skills since I got here. I’m ready to pay them back with my work ethic.”