Steelers' Antonio Brown seeking new deal

After a statement 2014 season, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown appears ready for a pay raise. According to FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo, Brown will not partake in the team's optional offseason workouts and could hold out of mandatory camps in effort to obtain a new contract. The former sixth round draft choice from Central Michigan garnered All-Pro honors this past season after accumulating 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns on 129 receptions, combined with a 10.6-yard average and one touchdown on punt returns. The issue from an organizational perspective? In 2012, Brown signed a six-year, $43.04 million deal. He's slated to earn $6 million next season, with the tally rising to $8.25 million in 2016 and $8.71 in 2017. While the player's case is strong, the report begs the question: Does he deserve to be further compensated with half the life of his current agreement still in place? The player's stance? Since signing his second NFL contract, it's difficult to argue many (if any) receivers have been as effective as Antonio Brown. Over the three-year duration of his current deal, he has amassed 3,984 yards and 26 touchdowns on 305 receptions -- production well above his pay grade. As a baseline, the Green Bay Packers retained receiver Randall Cobb at four-years, $40 million ($10 million average) during this offseason. While Cobb's numbers stand immense, they still pale in comparison to those of Brown (who currently average $7.2 million a year). Conversely, the Steelers front office could lean on the fact that it rewarded Brown handsomely after just two seasons as a pro, before the significant production increase. And, of course, the organization can also hold him to his contract. Regardless of your stance as a viewer at home, the situation has rapid potential to become one of the primary storylines to follow with mandatory camps just over the horizon. Let me hear it on Twitter: @NFLDraftUpdate

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