LATROBE, Pa. -- Antonio Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus and Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert have been in communication over the wide receiver's contract situation, according to a source.
Brown, who's due $6.25 million in the fifth year of a six-year, $43-million contract, said after Sunday's practice that the franchise should give him a new deal.
The money leaves Brown outside of the top 10 in wide receiver pay despite an NFL-record 265 catches from 2014-15. But the Steelers have a longstanding policy not to renegotiate with non-quarterbacks until a player enters the final year of his deal.
"We believe in our philosophy," Colbert told local media Friday. "I don't see that changing, but I'll never address a player individually."
Brown said the Steelers have been "first class" to him in the past, including restructuring his contract last year to move $2 million of future salary into 2015 as a way to please the talented receiver. The Steelers could employ a similar method this year.
Brown never had plans to hold out, but adds, "You have to take care of your guys. If a guy underperforms, you get rid of him. If a guy overperforms, you take care of him."
Brown ranks 13th among wide receivers in 2016 base salary, with the Chicago Bears' Alshon Jeffery earning more than double what Brown makes as a result of the Bears placing the franchise tag on Jeffery.
Brown posted 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns last season despite playing four games without Ben Roethlisberger.