Antonio Brown may be a no-show for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offseason workout program because of his appearance in Season 22 of "Dancing With The Stars" on ABC.
The show airs Monday nights and will run until late May. On Monday, the Steelers begin a two-week Phase 1 program, which will focus just on rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. So, Brown wouldn't be missing much Monday, and he's been in Pittsburgh off and on in recent months.
Phase 2 of the offseason program, which includes on-field workouts and instructional drills but no contact, runs May 9-20. Brown might miss some of those sessions if he keeps advancing on the show, which is possible given that he received a solid score of 35 out of 41 in an "Aladdin"-themed routine last week.
The Steelers can run 11-on-11 drills in Phase 3, which is scheduled from May 23 to June 9 and will be followed by mandatory minicamp June 14-16.
Several NFL players have participated in "Dancing With The Stars," so the Steelers likely won't have a problem with Brown missing a day or two. Most of the offseason work is voluntary.
Brown's steal of a contract could become a theme of the offseason. As the league's best receiver, Brown has what's considered a team-friendly contract, with two years and salaries of $6.25 million and $8.71 million remaining. No doubt Brown will want a new deal sooner than later. But Brown maintained last year that he has never intended to hold out, and the team eventually moved $2 million of 2016 salary into his 2015 bottom line. The sides never reached the point of contention. That's why, based on Brown's word, I'd expect any offseason absences to be related to the show, unless Brown has changed his thinking in recent months.