According to Schefter, Brown is expected to ask the team to compensate him as one of the top receivers in the game, considering that he’s cleared outplayed his contract.
Pittsburgh has made a point to not renegotiate player contracts until they’re in the final year of the agreement, but there’s at least a chance they may consider doing a new deal for Brown.
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.