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Steelers GM hoping to keep Antonio Brown for life

Feb
16
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The Steelers have begun negotiating a contract with wide receiver Antonio Brown that would keep him in Pittsburgh for the rest of his career, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

"We want Antonio to retire a Steeler for life," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told reporters on Thursday.

Colbert said getting a contract done with Brown was a "priority" in a year when running back Le'Veon Bell is likely to receive the franchise tag.

Brown posted a picture of himself with his agent Drew Rosenhaus in Pittsburgh on his Snapchat account earlier in the week, a sign Rosenhaus was in the area to talk about a new contract.

The Steelers appear to be making good on their promise to rework Brown's contract In the offseason. They restructured his contract in August, advancing $4 million of his 2017 salary into his base salary for 2016.

Brown, 28, is considered one of the best receivers in the league and has been a key piece of the Steelers offense for the past several seasons. He has one year left on a five-year, $42 million contract he signed in 2012.

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