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Hawaii 5-0
05-31-2012, 09:45 PM
Report: Future RFA Antonio Brown Plans On Taking Different Path Than Mike Wallace

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 by Dave Bryan

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown let be known that he has no intentions of holding out next year as a restricted free agent according to a blog post by Ed Bouchette today. Bouchette quoted Brown as saying, "Whatever the case may be, I plan on being here."

Browns, like fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and figures to be in the same situation as Mike Wallace was this off-season. Should Brown follow up his break out season of 2011 with another similar type one in 2012, the Steelers will be forced to use a first round tender on him, just as they did with Wallace.

While it looks unlikely right now, the Steelers could decide to try to lock up Brown long term prior to the start of the 2012 season. If that were to happen, it would figure to happen after the final cut-downs take place, as there could be some wiggle room should players like Jonathan Scott and Will Allen not make the final 53 man roster. Those two players alone would clear nearly $3.5 million in 2012 salary cap space.

Before anything happens though with Brown, the Steelers main focus will continue to be getting a long term deal done with Wallace, who has yet to sign his one-year tender offer of $2.742 million. If the Steelers think Brown fits into their long-term plans, and there is no reason to think that he doesn't, it would be smart, and cheaper, to try to lock him up now if they have the cap room to do so.

Sanders is a different story as he will have to show in 2012 that he can stay on the field and that the problems with his feet and knees are in the past. Sanders told the media earlier this week that he is 100% and that the injuries are behind him now. He had a great performance against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game last year and figures to play a much larger role in the offense in 2012. He most definitely will not be extended prior to the start of the season and will be prime candidate for an original round or first round restricted tender next off-season depending on the type of year that he has.

Brown certainly has said and done all of the right things ever since he was drafted by the Steelers and his Thursday comments that Bouchette reported are very encouraging in light of what is currently going on with Wallace. A lot can happen between now and next off-season, but I take Brown at his word.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/05/report-future-rfa-antonio-brown-plans-on-taking-different-path-than-mike-wallace/

Bayz101
05-31-2012, 10:30 PM
He's the real deal. Good kid.

GMU Steeler
05-31-2012, 11:34 PM
Feeling is mutual Antonio. He'll always have a special place in my heart for the catch in the playoffs against the Ravens. That was when he really arrived and his year last year was amazing. First ever to have 1000 receiving and returning kicks.

tony hipchest
05-31-2012, 11:44 PM
brown doesnt need a big contract. he can make millions offa toothpaste endorsements.

Hawaii 5-0
06-01-2012, 03:28 AM
WRs Brown, Sanders may be in holdout mode next spring

June 1, 2012
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There might be two Steelers receivers in holdout mode next spring as Antonio Brown, pictured, and Emmanuel Sanders will be in the same contract position Mike Wallace is in now.

The spring holdout of Mike Wallace could be nothing compared to the potential absences at wide receiver a year from now when both Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders find themselves in the same situation as restricted free agents.

Wallace may be paving the way for the duo in his struggles to negotiate a long-term contract with the Steelers above the $2.74 million one-year contract tender he has declined to sign. Indeed, Brown said he is taking notes and learning from Wallace's actions, and he has come to a conclusion.

"Whatever the case may be, I plan on being here," Brown said Thursday as the Steelers hit the halfway point of their spring practices with two more weeks to go.

There is conjecture that one reason the Steelers and Wallace have not come to terms on a multiple-year contract is Brown, who nearly matched Wallace's production in the last season and joined him in the Pro Bowl.

Whatever the Steelers might pay Wallace, that theory goes, would set the bar for what Brown -- and perhaps Sanders -- would expect in 2013.

Brown started only three games but had a phenomenal second half of last season to finish with 69 receptions for 1,108 yards, just behind Wallace's team-leading 72 catches for 1,193 yards.

Wallace, off to a hot start, tailed off in the second half last season, yet made his first Pro Bowl in his third season. Brown also made his first in his second season, but as the AFC's return specialist. He also played as a receiver after being chosen fifth overall in the balloting.

He does not offer opinions on Wallace's spring holdout but has followed it closely.
"It's definitely a learning process for me, being that I could be faced with the same circumstances next year," said Brown, a sixth-round pick in '10 from Central Michigan. "I tend to learn from it, take notes."

Sanders was projected to be the better of the two by virtue of his third-round selection by the Steelers in '10. He had a more productive rookie season than Brown with 28 receptions (16 for Brown) for 376 yards (167).

Injuries, though, cut deeply into Sanders' playing time last season, starting with surgeries on both feet more than a year ago. Another foot surgery was needed in training camp, and then knee surgery followed during the season.

"Having a great start in the National Football League on the right foot and having a great season and then coming back and having the injury bug my sophomore year was definitely frustrating," Sanders said.

He really didn't have a chance to start out on the right or left foot last year because of his injuries, but he says he is "100 percent" now, although screws remain in his feet.
If he can consistently perform the way he did in the playoff at Denver, when he led the Steelers with six receptions for 81 yards, the duo of Brown and Sanders might make the loss of Wallace not hurt so much if that happens next year.

"I definitely had a good game,'' Sanders said of the playoff loss. "I still had fluid in my knee, my foot wasn't all the way there. I don't know if that was the real me. I was fortunate to have a great game, got a lot of attempts at making plays. Now that I'm 100 percent healthy, hopefully, when the season comes, I can continue where I left off in Denver."

It is possible the little quick men like Brown and Sanders will benefit more in Todd Haley's new offense with its emphasis on releasing passes quickly. Bruce Arians enjoyed going deep -- taking our shots, he called it -- with Ben Roethlisberger to Wallace.

"That's going to be key, get the ball out fast, get it in our hands a little earlier so we can make something happen," Brown said.

Added Sanders: "We have a lot of speed at receiver, we have a lot of quick guys. If you're a DB, you'd rather play against a guy who is a little slower and a little bigger than the quick, shifty guys, and that is what we have in this receiver corps.

"As far as I know," he said, "Mike wants to be here. I don't think he's frustrated. I think that both parties definitely want him to be here. I think soon that maybe something can get done."

Quick hits

• After practice, there was a long-distance passing duel between quarterback Troy Smith and linebacker Lawrence Timmons. Timmons throws a nice long spiral and uncorked one that went about 80 yards, just a yard short of Smith's best. Smith will move on to compete next week against Byron Leftwich.

• First, Roethlisberger earned his degree from Miami University this spring and now that school will induct him into its Hall of Fame along with his former coach, the late Terry Hoeppner.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/on-the-steelers-wrs-brown-sanders-may-be-in-holdout-mode-next-spring-638467/#ixzz1wW5gTfh2

Galax Steeler
06-01-2012, 05:31 AM
brown doesnt need a big contract. he can make millions offa toothpaste endorsements.
Ha Ha I bet he uses a buffer on his teeth.:rofl:

Kingmagyar
06-01-2012, 10:59 AM
Brown practically lives at the Steelers' facility. He's always trying to get better. He walks around with a little rubber ball that he constantly squeezes to get his hands stronger. Hands down(no pun intended) is the guy the Steelers should be signing to a contract this summer. Pay him now or pay a lot more later. And I mean A LOT MORE.

austinfrench76
06-01-2012, 01:31 PM
I take Brown AND Sanders over just Wallace. It's unfortunate but that's probably what it comes down too.

Fire Arians
06-01-2012, 01:43 PM
I take Brown AND Sanders over just Wallace. It's unfortunate but that's probably what it comes down too.

same, and I'm not caring for wallace's attitude much. if he's still asking for too much money, I'd say go with brown/sanders/cotch as the future wr corps. we could prolly sign brown AND sanders to multi year deals for less than what wallace wants. i know it's a risk, but I think sanders will be a solid WR for years to come.

people say he's injury prone, but I say give him a chance to start the season 100% healthy before labeling him that. he never had a chance to fully heal from his injury in the 2010 season, until now.

tony hipchest
06-01-2012, 02:38 PM
Ha Ha I bet he uses a buffer on his teeth.:rofl::sofunny:

Pay him now or pay a lot more later. And I mean A LOT MORE.

agreed. the eagles are notorious for saving money by signing guys early with essentially 2 years remaining on contract.

truesteelerfan
06-01-2012, 04:59 PM
Keep Brown by dumping J. Scott and Will Allen? - good plan to me! Make it happen. Keep one impact player over a tackle with wheels on his feet and a special teams guy - I like Allen for depth - but need a starter of Brown's quality more.

Rick5895
06-01-2012, 05:13 PM
Wallace could learn a little humility amongst other things from Brown.
I'm with most on this.......let Wallace go after this season sign Brown and Sanders long term now.

Steelersfan87
06-01-2012, 07:05 PM
Or have all 3 signed long-term entering the 2014 season. It's far from impossible.

FrancoLambert
06-01-2012, 07:33 PM
Brown + Sanders > Wallace and his shitty attitude.
Lock them up even if it means letting him go.

Hawaii 5-0
06-02-2012, 12:18 AM
Antonio Brown paying close attention to Mike Wallace’s situation

Posted by Josh Alper on June 1, 2012

http://nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/antoniobrownpittsburghsteelersvclevelandwecppexweb nl.jpg?w=250

One of the reasons cited for the Steelers’ reluctance to give a long-term contract to Mike Wallace is that they will be dealing with two more restricted free agent wide receivers next season.

Both Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are entering the final year of their rookie deals and the Steelers are being careful about any message their dealings with Wallace will send to the other two receivers. Based on what Brown told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the team is right to be mindful of what he and Sanders will pick up from this offseason’s impasse with Wallace.

“It’s definitely a learning process for me, being that I could be faced with the same circumstances next year,” said Brown. “I tend to learn from it, take notes.”

This should be the last time the Steelers have to deal with these kinds of situations. The CBA mandates that players drafted after the first round receive four-year contracts, something that Pittsburgh chose not to give to Wallace, Brown or Sanders when they drafted them. That allowed them to avoid paying larger signing bonuses, but they likely wound up costing themselves more money on the back end.

The good news for the Steelers is that, as of now, Brown says he won’t follow Wallace’s lead and skip out on offseason work next year. It’s a bit premature to pop any corks in celebration of that news, especially if something should develop that makes Brown rethink his plans.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/01/antonio-brown-paying-close-attention-to-mike-wallaces-situation/

TRH
06-02-2012, 08:58 AM
I usually don't try and put words in people's mouths (ex. what everybody is doing to Ben right now).....but what i'm reading between the lines here is that Brown is knowing that, as long as he's healthy this year, he's going to have the opportunity at a GIGANTIC payday next year, and his watching how the Wallace thing plays out.

Both are going to get giant, crazy sums of money. I still don't see us paying both of them Mega-Millions type of numbers. That just ain't going to happen.

Kingmagyar
06-02-2012, 10:13 AM
I see the Brown - Wallace thing a little similar to the Hines Ward - Plaxico Burress thing a few years back. Burress was the big play guy and Ward the Clutch reliable guy. Brown would also not command the same outrageous money Wallace would. History should probably repeat itself again and we will see Brown stick for a modest by today's standards type of long term deal.

Hawaii 5-0
06-05-2012, 04:47 PM
No pressure on Brown

June 4, 2012
Teresa Varley - Steelers.com

Wide receiver Antonio Brown was voted the Steelers MVP last season, but said winning that honor hasn’t put any more pressure on him this year.

“I wouldn’t say pressure,” said Brown, who has been at the team’s practice facility since voluntary workouts began on April 16. “Every year you want to study tape, study yourself and get better from it. All I want to do is get better from last year and do more than I did last year.

“I just have to work within myself to be better. I just have to take care of my game.”

Brown, who finished the 2011 season with 69 receptions for 1,108 yards and two touchdowns, knows that this offseason is pivotal with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley and that OTAs are more valuable than ever this year.

“It’s going to be key for us guys to get in and start studying so we can get on the same page and talk the same language,” said Brown. “It’s going to be special. Guys are here now working out to get the ball rolling. We have to build off it as we head to training camp.”

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/No-pressure-on-Brown/40b91cf5-d4ee-40df-90db-d02ce3a86dc7

rich4eagle
06-05-2012, 04:52 PM
Nice thread Steelers have a real problem in how to keep them all and they better keep two

Steelersfan87
06-05-2012, 05:36 PM
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Steelers, Ravens have 'matchup-busters'
By Jamison Hensley

When it comes to the wide receivers who play their best against the best, the Pittsburgh Steelers are at the top of the class in the division and perhaps the league. However, ESPN Insider K.C. Joyner adds the Ravens' wide receivers into that mix as well.

The starters for both the Steelers and the Ravens rank in the top 12 of Joyner's "matchup-busting" wide receivers, which is based on the best yards-per-attempt average against the defensive backs he rates as the best in the league.

You'll need a subscription to view the entire Insider piece , but here's a portion of what Joyner had to say about the receivers in the division:

Mike Wallace, Steelers (10.2 yards per attempt against top cornerbacks): If you're wondering whether Wallace is worth a huge contract, look no further than this metric.

Antonio Brown, Steelers (9.5 YPA): It will be difficult for the Steelers to keep both Brown and Wallace, but they would retain possibly the best matchup-buster wide receiver tandem in the NFL.

Anquan Boldin, Ravens (9.1 YPA): Boldin has struggled in this metric in past years, so his showing here indicates he stepped up his game last season.

Torrey Smith, Ravens (8.7 YPA): The AFC North has a reputation for being a run-first division but the combination of Smith, Boldin, Wallace and Brown gives this division a compelling argument for having the best group of matchup-buster wide receivers of any division in the NFL.

The Bengals' A.J. Green surprisingly didn't make the cut. His 7.7 YPA put him in the honorable mention category.

steeltheone
06-05-2012, 08:38 PM
A.J. Green also played with a rookie QB...The QB means everything, ask Santonio...

zcoop
06-05-2012, 10:19 PM
A.J. Green also played with a rookie QB...The QB means everything, ask Santonio...

Not too sure about that statement buddy. I think it's like the glove on the hand, they need each other. How about Cam and Smith @ Carolina? Wasn't Cam a rookie?

steeltheone
06-06-2012, 05:59 PM
Cam was a freak of nature.....Now, any franchise QB will make a wideout look good.....Santonio holmes would put up better stats or equal to Wallace in Pittsbugh. Put Wallace on the jets once.

zcoop
06-06-2012, 07:40 PM
Cam was a freak of nature.....Now, any franchise QB will make a wideout look good.....Santonio holmes would put up better stats or equal to Wallace in Pittsbugh. Put Wallace on the jets once.

Name me a great franchise QB that didn't have great receivers. I personally think that the two positions compliment each other. Neither a franchise QB without great receivers nor a great receiver without a good QB will win many championships.

teegre
06-06-2012, 07:44 PM
Name me a great franchise QB that didn't have great receivers. I personally think that the two positions compliment each other. Neither a franchise QB without great receivers nor a great receiver without a good QB will win many championships.

Dan Marino.

Bayz101
06-06-2012, 07:56 PM
Dan Marino.

This.

Mark Clayton was his only standout receiver, if i'm not mistaken. All the other receivers we're never mentioned in a top ten manner. Not even Clayton, to be honest.

zcoop
06-06-2012, 07:57 PM
Dan Marino.

He had Clayton and Duper but never won a SB. Franchise Qb but never could get up for the big games. I said Great Franchise QB/WRs and winning championships.

steeltheone
06-07-2012, 06:22 AM
Name me a great franchise QB that didn't have great receivers. I personally think that the two positions compliment each other. Neither a franchise QB without great receivers nor a great receiver without a good QB will win many championships.

Tom Brady

steelerchad
06-07-2012, 08:47 AM
Tom Brady

For Sure, Tom Brady.

Elway was throwing to Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey in their SB years. Now he did have a HOF TE in Sharpe.

Smith had a very nice career, but you have to wonder how much of that is the QB.

I think our situation is similar. We've had pretty productive WR's since Ben has been around. We had a couple of great one's when Terry was QB also. Those guys were great, but it's obviously a combo that makes it work. But we seemed to have a lot of busts in between those 2 QB's. Thigpen was probably the exception.

Are we to think Holmes all of the sudden regressed sharply in the last 2 years? I think a lot has to do with the QB and proficiency of the offense.

That's why football is the ultimate team sport. Best team wins, not the team with the best players.

wera176
06-07-2012, 12:30 PM
Ok, maybe I've missed it, which is very possible: I keep hearing Wallace has a bad attitude, etc, where the heck did that come from? I've not read that anyone that actually knows or plays with the guy ever said that? Just because he's treating it like a business decision/deal (WHICH IT IS) he's now the anti-christ?

Curtain_of_Steel
06-07-2012, 01:38 PM
Wera:

Just these guys reading into every single thing. Saying, well he is thinking this, so let me explain what he is thinking! Or what he meant to say is this!, lol

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On the great Wr's v QB. Well Holmes was so great, we traded him for a 5rd pick, lol. Than went on to cause trouble, and put up below avg at best numbers.
I'll take what we got for that 5th rd pick any day of the week.

Atlanta Dan
06-07-2012, 01:46 PM
Name me a great franchise QB that didn't have great receivers. I personally think that the two positions compliment each other. Neither a franchise QB without great receivers nor a great receiver without a good QB will win many championships.

John Elway

Cherinko
06-07-2012, 04:35 PM
Ok, maybe I've missed it, which is very possible: I keep hearing Wallace has a bad attitude, etc, where the heck did that come from? I've not read that anyone that actually knows or plays with the guy ever said that? Just because he's treating it like a business decision/deal (WHICH IT IS) he's now the anti-christ?

A player may leave the Steelers. We need to drag him through the mud and slam him to lessen the impact on our psyches if he does leave; see "I'd take Brown over Wallace any day!" and 90% of the other negative comments.

zcoop
06-07-2012, 06:47 PM
Tom Brady

Dion Branch, Troy Smith, Randy Moss, Wes Welker,.... Brady always has an arsonal of weapons, a mixture of Pro Bowl caliber WRs and TE's.

zcoop
06-07-2012, 07:05 PM
John Elway

I could possibly give you Elway but with an asterick. He played 16 seasons and had some good receivers throughout his career (including the three amigos).

The years (his last two) his team won the SB they had McCaffrey and Sharpe (played similar to a WR). But Terrell Davis' running the pill was key in the wins as much as the 38+ year old Elway.

wera176
06-08-2012, 01:07 PM
A player may leave the Steelers. We need to drag him through the mud and slam him to lessen the impact on our psyches if he does leave; see "I'd take Brown over Wallace any day!" and 90% of the other negative comments.


LOL! Great explanation! I think you and Curtain_of_Steel nailed it... Lots of negativity on this board.... Of course they hide behind being "realists...." and not being "homers" but most of it is making mountains out of molehills.... I find it damn tiring at times...

:drink:

I personalty think we are much better with him than without and hope they figure it out and would hate to see him in any other uniform...

Hawaii 5-0
06-08-2012, 03:16 PM
Steelers Wide Receiver Coach Reveals Flaw Of Antonio Brown

Friday, June 8th, 2012 by Dave Bryan

Well, well, well. It seems that Pittsburgh Steelers third-year wide receiver Antonio Brown has a flaw. Despite busting out his sophomore year with 2,048 all-purpose yards, and always saying and doing the right things both on and off the field, wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery revealed this past week that Brown has a problem. That problem is that he needs to rest some.

What? In reality, Montgomery, in his one-on-one interview with Bob Labriola on Steelers Live at 4, heaped a ton of praise on the former sixth round draft pick out of Central Michigan, when asked to talk about each of the receivers. "I don't doubt any day when Antonio Brown wakes up that he's not trying to be the best in the world," said Montgomery. "That's exactly when he wakes up, he is trying to be the number one player in the world."

Montgomery continued on to say that Brown basically just needs to back off a little bit and rest some. "For one, 84, or Antonio, as most people would know him as, sometimes you just have to work on him backing off a little bit, because he is a guy that wakes up at 6 am and starts working out, and doesn't stop working out until about 10 p.m.," said Montgomery. "So what he needs to understand, is from a professional standpoint, professional development sometimes happens through rest."

So there you have it. The fan favorite and 2011 team MVP, who is responsible for the increasing popular acronym, C.U.E.U.P.U., which stands for chest up, eyes up, prayed up, needs to only add an R.U. to that for rest up. Not too shabby for a player from the mean streets of Miami, who just so happens to be entering the final year of his rookie contract this upcoming season. It's not hard to believe that Montgomery says that when Brown wakes up every morning he has the intentions of being the number one player in the world. His personality and actions thus far certainly scream that out loud.

Brown was not the only receiver that Montgomery discussed in his interview with Labriola either. In regard to fellow third-year wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, Montgomery said, "He is a guy that is probably one of the most skilled guys that I've been around in that room from a standpoint of just receiver skill and fundamentals." As far as things that Sanders needs to work on, Montgomery stated, "The things that I would have him work on, more than anything, is just continue to develop his strength. You know his core strength, not only his core strength, but lower body strength and just working everyday to be the best that he can in coming out of his breaks and being healthy. And that's one thing, if you improve your strength, it will also improve your health."

Next up was the thoughts of Montgomery on Mike Wallace, who currently has yet to sign his one-year restricted tender and practice this off-season. "Mike, the one thing that I could get to improve him more than anything, is that for me to get a chance to see him here really shortly," said Montgomery. "The true thing that he can really work on, and continue to work on at all time, is that we will do an exceptional job of working his feet and getting him in and out of breaks. I think that he is extremely talented from a skill standpoint and a fundamental standpoint." Montgomery also praised the speed of Wallace and his ability to track down the deep ball in addition as he added, "One thing that of course that he has that no one can coach that you can be around, he is the fastest man I've ever been around, hung out with, or seen run routes. He's exceptionally fast and he is an unique guy, because usually, truly fast guys have problems tracking some of those deep balls and he just has the knack to come up with those deep balls."

Montgomery did not forget about the veteran Jerricho Cotchery either, who was re-signed to a multi-year deal this off-season. "Oh he is definitely my guy," gushed Montgomery. "I really love Jerricho. I told the rookies when they first came in, a lot of these guys when you first come in will give you a hard time, but if you need to go to someone besides me, that is going to be there for you no matter what, they're not going to tell your business, or not worry about it getting out to anyone else, you need to go to Jerricho." Montgomery continued on with his praise and respect for the former Jets receiver. "I haven't been around very many men in this profession, period, that are as good of a young man that he is. His family life is together and intact. And also on the field, he learned our entire offense last year in two weeks and went into the first preseason game and played unbelievable for us. So from a football standpoint, he is well above the line. We're just really, really happy to have him here. I'm kind of tickled that we have him in a position that we have him in here, and he wanting to come back and be with us and that's a testament to who he is."

The interview was very candid with Montgomery, and while each might have a minor flaw here and there, you can tell that he is very excited about this group headed into 2012. During the interview the coach summed it best when he said, "We have a lot of guys that are very hungry, to say the least, that want to make plays every single time and want to be on the field every play."

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/06/steelers-wide-receiver-coach-reveals-flaw-of-antonio-brown/

Hawaii 5-0
06-28-2012, 07:13 PM
Steelers Antonio Brown Already In Canton

Jun 28th, 2012 by KimmySteelers

http://nicepickcowher.com/files/2012/06/Brown_Antonio_Jersey_630-300x298.jpg?3b97a3

Antonio Brown's game jersey for his NFL record 1,000 yard receiving and 1,000 yard returns season.

Although many have stated that there is a Steelers bias in the Pro Football Hall of Fame thanks to the sheer number of HOF’ers from the 1970’s that it makes it difficult for Steelers of late to receive their earned busts, one young Steeler already has his jersey in Canton. This week Antonio Brown’s game worn jersey from the Week 17 matchup against the Cleveland Browns was signed and displayed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame acknowledging the historic milestone Brown reached last season becoming the first NFL player in history to compile both 1,000 yards for receiving and 1,000 return yards.

For Brown’s efforts for the Steelers in 2011 his teammates proudly voted him as team MVP as he not only broke an NFL record but broke the franchise record for all-purpose yards with 2,211. Brown surpassed Barry Foster’s 2,034 yards accumulated in 1992. Brown’s career-high numbers included in his 2,211 were 1,108 receiving yards, 737 kickoff return yards, and 325 punt return yards with 69 receptions. Entering his third season, Brown looks to play a more pronounced role in the Steelers offense, especially with the Mike Wallace situation not yet worked out, Brown looks to possibly take the place as the #1 receiver on the team. Most likely his role as kick returner might be filled by some other upstart, as it is a tradition with the Steelers that the top wide receivers make their names though Special Teams first.

Brown visited the display with the Steelers drafted and free agent rookies. The group made the trip to the Hall for the display and maybe to have a little history lesson on the franchise they have all become a part of. The Steelers are a unique franchise with the most players enshrined in the Hall of Fame; an active coach enshrined, and has 2 former players being enshrined this summer. No telling if the entire team will make the trip to Canton for Dawson and Butler’s enshrinement like they did two years ago when Coach LeBeau was inducted as a player. Clearly the Hall needs to expand to an All-Steelers section for those who are still left to be inducted.

For Brown’s jersey to be displayed in the Hall of Fame must be a very proud moment for the young receiver to enjoy. Brown might not be known for the speed like Mike Wallace but he has provided Steeler Nation with some awesome highlights like his “helmet catch” against the Ravens in the playoffs in 2010. Brown will be an RFA next season and most are already weary that we will be going through the same situation with Brown as what is going on with Wallace right now. Something tells me though, that won’t be the case. Congrats to Brown on the amazing accomplishment, here’s to hoping he can break another milestone this season and start a collection of jerseys in the Hall of Fame.

http://nicepickcowher.com/2012/06/28/steelers-antonio-brown-already-in-canton/