Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has established himself as one of the elite wide receivers in the NFL for the past two seasons.
After catching 110 passes for 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013, Brown garnered more recognition as he topped it with a league-leading 129 receptions for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdown catches.
Brown was a draft-day gem for the Steelers as he was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, and he has made it to three Pro Bowls.
Due to his value as a deep threat and reliability as a pass catcher, Brown is choosing to forgo the Steelers’ voluntary workouts as he hopes to earn a new deal from the Steelers.
The 26-year-old signed a six-year, $43 million deal in 2012 before taking the next step forward as an NFL receiver.
His production helped the Steelers produce one of the best offenses in the league last season, as they finished seventh with 27.3 points scored per game.
It’s hard to argue with Brown wanting a new contract since he has finished all of his games with at least five catches and 50 receiving yards for the last two seasons.
The Steelers will likely pay Brown somewhere around $13 million per year, which would put him in good company with other elite receivers like Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant.