Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown restructured his contract in a bid to help the team create more salary cap space as it works on a long-term extension for running back Le'Veon Bell.
Brown shared a video on his Instagram account Wednesday that showed him signing an amended version of his contract that fully guarantees his 2018 salary. Agent Drew Rosenhaus is overheard explaining to Brown that he is restructuring his deal to help create more salary cap space.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Brown is designating money that would've been owed as part of his base salary to a bonus instead. The MMQB's Albert Breer reported Brown's contract restructuring will free up $9.7 million in salary cap space for the Steelers.
The Steelers, who placed the franchise tag on Bell for the second straight season on Tuesday, are attempting to keep the versatile running back from holding out of training camp.
Bell has spoken out against the franchise tag in the past, most notably claiming he would retire from football unless he gets a contract that tops the three-year, $42 million deal that he turned down last year.
Should he sign the agreement, Bell would receive $14.544 million in 2018. Bell sat out offseason workouts a year ago before signing his franchise contract in 2017.