Odds Slightly Favor Steelers Keeping Antonio Brown

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is entering the final year of his contract. Here are the odds that he and the team agree on a long-term extension.

 

Recently, Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown told Dan Patrick on his daily radio show, "I'll be a Steeler for life, that's my plan. We're beginning to get (a new contract) rolling."

Steelers President Art Rooney added, according to 247Sports, "Our intention is to get a contract extension done with Antonio. We've got a number of contract situations that we've got to look at this offseason and Le'Veon's situation is certainly one of them. Our goal is to have him on our team for the long-term, so we'll see what the best way is to address it."

Brown is entering the final year of his contract.

He's reportedly seeking $16 million per season in an extension. Franchising a wide receiver last season would have cost $14.5 million.

But with LeVeon Bell and Brown's futures in question, will the latter remain a Steeler beyond the final year of his deal via extension or franchise tag?

CBS SPORTS: TEAMS CALLING STEELERS ABOUT ANTONIO BROWN

According to BookMaker.eu, Brown is a -130 favorite to be on the Steelers' roster come Week 1 of the 2018 regular season. That means you'd need to bet $130 to win $100.

Brown is even money to be under contract elsewhere come Week 1 of the 2018 season, so whether he'll be on the Steelers is truly up in the air.

He's +100 to leave, which means you'd need to bet $100 to win $100.

Bell will be an unrestricted free agent March 9. Keeping the running back long-term will likely require a heavy monetary commitment. And any money given to Bell could take away from Brown's new deal.

Brown had 106 catches (2nd in the NFL) for 1,284 yards (5th) and 12 touchdowns (2nd) last season. He has 50 career receiving scores.

The superstar landed in hot water with Steelers brass for posting a Facebook live video following the team's playoff win against Kansas City. Head coach Mike Tomlin called him "foolish" and "selfish".

From BookMaker.eu: Will Antonio Brown be on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster in Week 1 of the 2018-19 NFL regular season?

  • Yes: -130
  • No: +100