Antonio Brown Still Plans To Handle His Restricted Free Agency Different

Pittsburgh Steelers third year wide receiver Antonio Brown wants to handle things different this time next year when he will be a restricted free agent. The always smiling and positive receiver joined NBC SportsTalk on Wednesday to talk about his accomplishments last season and talk about how he plans to handle his own restricted free agency after the 2012 season.

Brown was asked if he has had talks thus far with the Steelers, being as he is heading into the final year of his contract. “I want to finish out my contract this year and hopefully next year it takes care of itself, but I definitely plan on being here and going about things, maybe in a different aspect, because I respect the organization and the program that I’m in,” Brown said.

When pushed for what he meant by different aspect, Brown said, “Whatever the organization’s got planned, I just feel like, I want to be a professional and go about my business the right way. I don’t want to take time off and not be at OTAs. I want to be around, so hopefully we can get things wrapped up so I can take care of the business side of things so I can be here faithfully.”

While Brown in no way was intentionally taking a shot at Mike Wallace, and the way that he has handled his own restricted free agency thus far, many in the fan base will point to Brown being a model team player and Wallace as one that just cares about the money. One thing to keep in mind is that Brown only has one exceptional season under his belt and is not currently a restricted free agent, while Wallace has two 1,000 yard receiving seasons under his and is right in the middle of his free agency.

Keep in mind that if Brown has another 1,000 yard season in 2012, it won\’t matter what he said in June of 2012. It will be easy though to point to what Brown said on Wednesday at this time next year, should he indeed not be in OTAs because he hasn\’t signed his tender, but I have a feeling though that he will be true to his words and at least be around.

Before we even get to OTAs next year we will likely need to go through the same “sky is falling” concerns that we went through this year with Wallace. You remember that don\’t you? When nearly most of the fan base said that another team would give Wallace a tender the Steelers couldn\’t match in exchange for their first round draft pick? How the Steelers made a stupid move by not getting Wallace signed long-term prior to the start of free agency?

When smoke clears this year with Wallace, please remember how it all worked out when we talk about Brown next year, even if he somehow does end up handling it the same way as Wallace has this off-season.

  • Cols714

    Ugh. You really aren’t going to stop with the Mike Wallace nonsense are you? I’m guessing that Mike Wallace was saying things like this last year

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  • Tom Geer

    A year is forever, so who knows what he’ll do then. What he’s saying now is the smart thing to do, so I’m optimistic, but…

    The interesting questions is what is he gonna say to Wallace when Mikey shows up? He’s cutting the legs out from under Wallace, and he should be seriously po’d. I would be.

    So much for Young Money.

  • Jprankster2005

    This is the biggest story of the offseason with the steelers…….. I see Brown and Sanders being the best 2 out of the bunch when there careers are all said and done..

  • Villian157

    Why isn’t Wallace signing his tender? No other teams have offered. Wallace is only effective if he has a QB who has time AND can get the ball downfield AND when he’s not the primary receiver. If he’s doubled, he’s not gettign the ball.
    Do we still judge WR by 1,000 yard seasons??? They play 16 games now, so thats only 62 yards a game.

  • Cols714

    What’s the agenda here? To make Steelers fans mad at Mike Wallace for doing what pretty much anyone in his situation would do?

    I don’t understand the need to bash a player for wanting more money. Considering we have no idea what’s going on in the negotiations…

  • Villian157

    Define the word “contract”.

  • Primantibro1

    What we don’t know is his motivation for saying what he said. I think he was just answering a question honestly. You can’t ask more from a player. Kid’s got mad work ethic, skills, and scruples. Sorry about Mike Wallace but if he doesn’t want to sign his tender, don’t sign it, don’t play, and don’t stay. We will get along without him.

  • Mancoljduf11

    While I love that Brown wants to be at otas next year, I have to say why does he feel the need to mention respect of the orginization and being a profesional, if he were to skip it would not make him any less of a profesional, and would not mean that he does not have respect for the orginization, remember wallace has done nothing to dis respect the orginization or has not been any less of a profesional, this is a buisness. and by the way wallace said the exact same thing as brown did last year during camp so we will see if we remember these comments from brown a year from now when the steelers low ball him as well.

  • AndyR34

    You would be guessing wrong. Even last year, MW was talking about getting his money.

  • AndyR34

    Who’s bashing Wallace? Dave made it plain that he didn’t believe it was AB…and there is nothing in the rest of the story that is remotely unfriendly to MW. He’s just said that we will need to wait until next year to compare how the two situations have compared. Get the chip off your shoulder and enjoy the reporting about our favorite team!

  • AndyR34

    I think AB is only talking about himself and how he feels. He is not talking or comparing himself to Mike…you are doing the comparison, based upon what you read and what you think the question was.

  • Paco22

    Yeah, but Wallace is NOT under contract!

  • SteelersDepot

    Comprehension down?

  • Pete

    Totally agree. AB is telling the reporter who he is and how he may handle it. Wallace is Wallace and Brown is Brown. This has been a constant theme from AB and I hope he stays that way for his whole career.

  • Protection9

    Funny that no one has brought up the fact that Wallace, Brown and Sanders (& Ward) call themselves the ” young (and old) money crew”.

  • Mancoljduf11

    i was just talking about the respect for orginization and professional part, its just my opinion that whether you show up for 2 1/2 days of minicamps and voluntary “workouts”or not, that does not make you any more or less of a profesional and i dont think that it affects whether or not you respect the orginization i would not look at Antonio brown any different whether he skips Otas or not.

  • Protection9

    Oops. Sorry Tom.

  • Mancoljduf11

    when and where did he ever say that, what i rememer is him saying that he wants to be in pittsburgh longterm and he left it at that especially last year

  • SamGuest

    I am so tired of players getting lambasted as selfish for holding out. It’s always been a perfectly reasonable option, but it’s even more understandable now that we know how often the players suffer with expensive and increasingly scary medical conditions after they retire.

    Every single reader here would do the same thing as Mike Wallace to provide as much security as possible for their own families.

  • SamGuest

    “many in the fan base will point to Brown being a model team player and Wallace being one that just cares about the money”

    Since no one is arguing like that yet, it’s not hard to interpret that as a dig at Wallace, albeit a thinly veiled one. It might be completely innocuous too, but the indignation about this not being “remotely unfriendly” seems off the mark given sentences like the one above.

  • SteelersDepot

    You should take your tin foil hat off and read the comments in several of these post. Hope that helps.

  • SamGuest

    What a needlessly tearse, condescending response.

    I acknowledged the possibility that sentences like the one I quoted could be innocuous. All I was arguing is that people who read sentences like that and interpret them as passive-aggressive might be wrong, but they’re certainly not unreasonable and they don’t wear foil hats. Grow up.