The fact that the two parties have even been talking could be seen as a decent sign, considering that the Steelers have made a point to not renegotiate a player’s contract unless they’re in the final year of their agreement or happen to be the starting quarterback.
Despite the two sides talking, Colbert made it clear that he can’t see them moving off of their stance.
“We believe in our philosophy,” Colbert said. “I don’t see that changing, but I’ll never address a player individually.”
Last week, Ian Rapoport reported that contract talks between the two parties were “moving slow“.
Brown, 28, is in the fifth year of his six-year, $43.04 million contract that included an $8.5 million signing bonus. He’ll make a base salary of $8.25 million for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Brown appeared in all 16 games for the Steelers and caught 136 passes for 1,834 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus rated Brown as the No. 1 overall wide receiver from this season, so his presence will surely be missed this week.
We’ll have more regarding the Steelers and Brown as the news is available.