The Steelers have begun negotiating a contract with wide receiver Antonio Brown that would keep him in Pittsburgh for the rest of his career. Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert said “We want Antonio to retire a Steeler for life.” Brown has one year left on a five-year, $42 million contract he signed in 2012.
The Steelers released cornerback Justin Gilbert, who has failed to match the expectations of a top-10 pick in three seasons. The Browns selected Gilbert eighth overall in the 2014 draft.
Asked this week on “The Dan Patrick Show” about the contract, Brown said both sides are “beginning to get it rolling” and that he wants to finish his career as a Steeler.
“That’s my plan,” said Brown, who will be 29 in July.
Steelers’ president Art Rooney II said he expects Ben Roethlisberger to return for a 14th NFL season because of the quarterback’s desire to win a third Super Bowl. Rooney said he believes winning is Roethlisberger’s “No. 1 motivation,” and that the QB has grown into more of a leader in recent years.
Some Steelers coaches are reportedly fed up with Brown
One of the biggest stories in the lead-up to last week’s AFC title game was the Facebook Live video streamed from the Steelers‘ locker room by receiver Antonio Brown the week before. Brown taped the postgame festivities in the locker room following the Steelers’ victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, and caught live on camera,
Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown posted a 14-minute video to “quiet the noise” surrounding his career after a turbulent week. He apologized again for the initial Facebook commotion and revealed his personal slogan for 2017: “Rise above.”
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hinted at retirement on his weekly radio show yesterday, saying he will evaluate his future this off-season. Big Ben eventually said he’s not making any declarations and talked several times about next season, but he did not commit to returning in 2017.
Tom Brady threw for 384 yards and three scores to lead New England past Pittsburgh, 36-17 in the AFC Championship Game.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It was apparent from the outset of the AFC championship that the Steelers were going to need a big-time performance from their offense if they were going to advance to Super Bowl LI. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady performed, as usual, surgery on the Steelers defense, which looked comically lost throughout the contest. The offense needed to come through to match the Patriots score for score, and they failed miserably.
The chances were there — plenty of them,
The Steelers have increasingly gotten better on defense as this season has progressed, a big reason for their nine-game winning streak.
But it isn’t just the defense. The offense has featured a heavy dose of Le’Veon Bell, and he has emerged as one of the best players in the NFL.
They are on a roll, but Sunday they will face their biggest challenge of the season when they play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the AFC championship.