The Pittsburgh Steelers will have some major contract decisions in the upcoming future, none of which is more important that extending both Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.
Team owner Art Rooney spoke about both players on Monday regarding their contract situation.
Antonio Brown is a staple of the Steelers' offense, and the wide receiver has voiced his request for a re-working of his current deal. Brown has two years remaining on his six-year, $43.04 million contract.
“I don’t like to speculate what we’re going to do with a contract,” Rooney said, “The only thing I’ll say is that AB’s a great football player. We want to make sure he’s here for the long term. At some point we’ll have to address his contract. I’d rather not get into the timing of what that would be.”
As for Bell, his rookie contract is still in place, but the talented running back has dealt with injury trouble. Bell led the NFL with over 2,300 total yards in 2014, but suffered his second serious knee injury midway through 2015, cutting his season short. Despite this, Rooney seems determined to lock Bell up long-term as well.
“I think we've seen enough,” Rooney said of Bell, “So, it really is going to come down to kind of how his contract situation fits in with all the others. I always say it's kind of a jigsaw puzzle you have to put together every year. And so how will these pieces fit together this year versus next? Unfortunately, you have to make choices. You can't always get everybody done at once, and so that's the process we'll go through over the next couple months.
“I think he's somebody that we would like to continue to have on the team for the long run,” Rooney said.
Both players are valuable members of the team's explosive offensive unit and are fan favorites in Pittsburgh. Rooney knows this and it will certainly play into the negotiations when the team decides to discuss extensions for both players.
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