Core players LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons and Troy Polamalu all signed big deals last off-season, yet there was no press conference for none of the three, but the Steelers today held a press conference at noon for wide receiver Antonio Brown who Friday evening agreed to a 5 year – $42.5 million contract, that included an $8.5 million signing bonus. It might have absolutely nothing to do with the Steelers trying to make a point towards disgruntled receiver Mike Wallace as Brown’s situation is unique considering he’s coming off just his second season.
Brown was joined by head coach Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert at the podium.
“We’re very excited with announcement of extension for Antonio Brown, GM Kevin Colbert said. Antonio is very deserving of this contract. First year watching him practice, you knew he was going to be a good player, ” Kevin Colbert said.”
Colbert was pressed about giving a player a contract extension after just two years and one good season, and Colbert indicated that how Brown practiced in his rookie year played a part as he knew Brown was going to be a special player and do big things for them in year two, as he did.
“As I said, even in Antonio’s rookie year, way he practiced, how many plays he made, thought he was going to have a great second year and he did, and we think it will continue, ” Colbert said.
“I mean it’s special, ” Brown said of the signing. “Unique situation with Steelers. It’s amazing, tremendous honor, provided me with some security. All my focus right now is to prepare for foundation of this season and I’m ready to go.”
Head coach Mike Tomlin on Brown. “Reality, he’s a guy who’s been electric for us, ” Tomlin said. “His body of work has been very consistent. I’m less and less surprised every day by what he does.”
As expected, Colbert was asked about what this means for Mike Wallace who’s holdout is now at day 4. “Today is about Antonio, ” Colbert said. The team remains furious at how Wallace has handled the situation.