Breaking News: Tension Growing Between Steelers Rival and A Top Star WR

Breaking News: Tension Growing Between Steelers Rival and A Top Star WR

The drama is high between the Pittsburgh Steelers AFC North rival and their top wideout.

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently seeking for a wide receiver deal, but to this moment, they haven’t found one. Meanwhile, their AFC North opponents are coping with their own in-house wideout dilemma – and it appears tensions are building.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper is coming off a 1,200-yard season with five touchdowns, but is also entering the final year of his current contract. At 30-years-old, he’s seeking a new agreement, and while both sides are in some agreeance, they are striking a cross roads with discussions.

Dec 24, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (2) on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

According to Orange and Brown Report’s Brad Stainbrook, the two parties seem to be close when it comes to the money side of a contract, but the duration is drawing concerns. Stainbrook claims that Cleveland is not willing to give Cooper an extension, but rather are merely aiming to enhance his salary for 2024.

“The Browns are willing to pay Cooper an additional salary for this season. The sticking point is the length of the deal,” Stainbrook writes.

Cooper is already due to make $23.776 million this season but will hit free agency at the end of the 2024 campaign. The Browns have multiple contracts to cope with, including their fully-guaranteed deal for quarterback Deshaun Watson, which they’ll pay $63 million this season and just under $64 million next season.

Myles Garrett is also scheduled to take up $20 million this season.

Cooper has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since joining the Browns in 2022, with 14 touchdowns under his belt.

The team added Elijah Moore last season and traded for Jerry Jeudy this offseason, who they inked to a three-year, $52.5 million deal extension following a swap with the Denver Broncos.

Cooper skipped obligatory minicamp due to talks and might be a training camp holdout if no agreement gets done before the team returns in July.

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