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Report: Steelers and Antonio Brown trying to reach new contract prior to March 9th

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown are working hard to get a big money contract done before the start of NFL Free Agency on March 9th.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers made their intentions known from the start of the offseason. Signing wide receiver Antonio Brown to an extension was a priority. They have wasted little time trying to get a deal done, and the latest report states the team is trying to get a new contract finalized before March 9th, the start of NFL Free Agency.

The timing of the report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network makes sense. Brown’s new deal will likely be the biggest sticking point for the team when it comes to what they can, and cannot, do in free agency.

If the Steelers sell the proverbial farm to give Brown a new contract, it would handcuff who the team could potentially target in free agency to help fill any number of voids the organization might have heading into the 2017-2018 season.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this story, as well as others surrounding the black and gold this offseason.