There aren’t many players in the National Football League as electrifying as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Yet, coming into this 2016 season, he was not getting paid like one, and this did not sit well with him. Said Brown at the start of training camp: “You have to take care of your guys. If a guy underperforms, you get rid of him. If a guy over-performs, you take care of him.” As he had hoped, the Pittsburgh Steelers heard him loud and clear.
Although a longterm deal between the Steelers and the four-time Pro Bowler still needs to be worked on down the road (and it should be as early as next summer), the two sides did agree to a compromise in the form of a restructured contract. In this deal, Brown gets $4 million — from his 2017 salary — added on to his $6.25 million base salary this season, making his total base salary for the 2016 season $10.25 million.
While this figure is much more fitting of a player of his standing, Brown, by all accounts, is still grossly underpaid; at least as far as wide receivers are concerned. Considering this new deal places him among the five highest-paid NFL wide receivers — on base salary alone — in 2016, that’s saying something. If you don’t believe us, see for yourself.