Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
4 months ago2 Comments

Brown signed a new five-year contract with the Steelers on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Brown's deal will keep him with the Steelers through the 2021 campaign and includes a four-year extension worth $68 million, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The timing of the agreement comes as Brown was set to enter the final year of his old contract in 2017. Now secured in Pittsburgh for the long haul, the 28-year-old will aim to remain among the league's elite wide receivers and build on his four straight seasons of at least 105 catches, 1,280 yards, and eight touchdowns this year.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
4 months ago

Brown and the Steelers have made significant progress in negotiations over a long-term extension, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brown's five-year, $42.5 million extension signed in 2012 is set to expire after the upcoming season, so both he and the Steelers are in talks to secure his future in Pittsburgh through a lucrative new deal. With talks reportedly close to being finalized, Brown could have such a contract in place by the time the new league year begins Mar. 9. At 28 years old, Brown has registered at least 105 catches, 1,280 yards and eight touchdowns for four straight seasons.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
5 months ago

Brown secured seven of nine targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 36-17 AFC championship game loss to the Patriots.

EDGE Analysis

The Patriots followed their proven method of focusing on limiting the opponent's No. 1 receiving threat, a task that became even easier when Le'Veon Bell was lost to a groin injury after only six carries. Brown was able to shake loose for some receptions in the short-to-intermediate passing game, but his game-long reception was a modest 18 yards. The sixth-year pro was actually second in targets to Eli Rogers on the night and shared the team lead in receptions with him and DeAngelo Williams. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Brown posted a fourth consecutive 100-reception campaign, while also posting the second-highest amount of touchdowns (12) in his career.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
5 months ago

Brown secured six of 11 targets for 108 yards in Sunday's 18-16 divisional-round victory over the Chiefs. He also gained nine yards on a pair of punt returns.

EDGE Analysis

Brown hauled in a game-long 52-yard bomb in the first quarter, and also secured a game-clinching seven-yard reception for a first down on the first play following the two-minute warning. With the Chiefs out of timeouts, the Steelers were able to take a knee on the following three plays, clinching their trip to Foxboro for the conference championship. Brown will naturally be a key component of next week's gameplan, and he figures to see plenty of Patriots CB Malcolm Butler, against whom he's had success in the past. The Pro Bowler now has 11 receptions on 20 targets for 232 yards and two touchdowns over the first pair of playoff games.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
6 months ago

Brown caught five of nine targets for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 30-12 win over the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

Brown enjoyed a dominant share of the Steelers passing game in this one, as no other pass-catcher was targeted more than twice or totaled more than 21 yards. He also made an impact with his touches, averaging 24.8 yards per catch thanks to touchdown grabs of 50 and 62 yards in the first quarter to help propel his team to victory. Brown appears to be all systems go heading into next week's matchup with the Chiefs and will likely give their talented secondary everything they can handle with a spot in the AFC Championship game up for grabs.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
6 months ago

Brown is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns.

EDGE Analysis

With the Steelers locked into the No. 3 playoff AFC seed, Brown will be joined on the sideline Sunday by fellow key cogs in the offense, Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell. Week 17 opportunity thus knocks for the likes of fellow wideouts Cobi Hamilton, Demarcus Ayers, Sammie Coates and Eli Rogers.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
6 months ago

According to head coach Mike Tomlin, Brown is a candidate to be inactive Sunday' against the Browns, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Steelers are locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoff picture, so Tomlin is considering making Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, and Le'Veon Bell, among others, healthy scratches. The decision would be prudent, considering Brown sat out in the divisional round of the 2015 postseason due to a concussion. If he's held out, Eli Rogers, Cobi Hamilton, and veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey would be the available wide receivers for likely starting QB Landry Jones.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
6 months ago

Brown secured 10 of 11 targets for 96 yards and a game-winning four-yard score in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Ravens.

EDGE Analysis

Brown turned in the play of the season for the Steelers with nine seconds remaining, fighting through three would-be tacklers at the goal line to break the plane with an outstretched hand and notch the game-winning -- and division-clinching -- touchdown. The dynamic wideout also had a key 26-yard catch-and-run down to the Ravens' seven-yard line on an earlier fourth-quarter drive that eventually culminated in a seven-yard touchdown catch by LeVeon Bell. Both the receptions and targets were team highs, while Brown's yardage total was his best since a season-high 154-yard explosion against the Cowboys in Week 10. Brown's Week 16 production also put him over the 100-reception mark for a fourth consecutive season, and his score leaves him just one short of equaling the career-best 13 receiving touchdowns he notched in 2014. With the division title wrapped up, the extent of Brown's playing time in the Week 17 finale against Cleveland remains an unknown at present.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
6 months ago

Brown hauled in three of five targets for 58 yards Sunday's 24-20 win over the Bengals.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, Brown had a TD called back in the game due to a penalty. His three catches Sunday were a season-low and the star wideout will look to rebound in next Sunday's key division showdown against the Ravens.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (9)
7 months ago

Brown notched team highs with five receptions, 78 yards, and 11 targets during Sunday's victory at Buffalo.

EDGE Analysis

Per usual, Brown received a steady dose of targets, though he hadn't handled double-digit looks since Week 11, a span of three games. On a sour note, Brown failed to reach the end zone for only the second time over the last six contests, while he fell short of the century mark, yards wise, for the fourth consecutive outing. Granted, three drive-killing interceptions from Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell's 298-yard, three-touchdown effort, and the continued lack of a viable third receiver didn't help Brown's cause. In any case, Brown will next set his sights on the Bengals, who have conceded just 11 touchdowns to wide receivers this season.