Perhaps in an effort to send a message to their holdout Pro Bowl receiver MIKE WALLACE, the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed fellow wideout ANTONIO BROWN to a five-year, $42 million contract, according to league sources.
Brown’s new deal includes a $8.5 million signing bonus.
Wallace, Pittsburgh’s primary receiver who is also seeking a long-term deal with the team, has decided to skip the start of training camp until the Steelers renegotiate his contract. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert has stated that no further negotiations would take place between the team and Wallace until he reports to camp, and sign his restricted free-agent tender offer worth $2.7 million.
As for Antonio Brown, the 2011 Pro Bowl wideout has worked hard to become one of the Steelers key playmakers and has been handsomely rewarded for his diligence. But Wallace is the super stud at wideout for the Steelers, having led the NFL with seven 100-yard receiving games in 2010.
Seems like Colbert is sending Wallace a clear message to me: Either come to camp and we’ll talk or stay home and watch Brown take your spot (and your money) as top wideout.
Posturing or not, the Steelers will be the big losers if they go into the season without Mike Wallace. Trust.