Tavon Austin of the Los Angeles Rams praised Antonio Brown on social media for becoming the highest paid receiver in the NFL on Monday.
Last summer, the Los Angeles Rams rewarded Tavon Austin with a hefty four-year, $42 million extension to keep the wide receiver on the team through the 2021 season. Unfortunately, the debate is still out there when it comes to whether Austin deserves to be making that type of money, at least one superstar in Antonio Brown was able to lock up an extension he clearly deserves to make him the league’s highest paid receiver.
Austin took the time to recognize Brown for agreeing to a four-year, $68 million extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, erasing any doubt of the wide receiver’s future with the team. Over the last few days, Austin has been quite the popular topic of discussion due to some interesting tweets hinting the team may have asked him to take a pay cut, so it was good to see something positive from the Rams wideout thanks to Brown’s new deal.
— Tavon Austin (@Tayaustin01) February 28, 2017
Of course, the frustrating comparison when examining the hefty contracts by both players is Austin doesn’t even come close to the level of production Brown provides the Steelers on a weekly basis. While Brown is coming off another impressive season in which he caught 106 passes for 1,284 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns, Austin just cracked 500+ receiving yards for the first time in his career.
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Clearly, Austin still has a long way to go when it comes to proving he deserves every penny of the contract Los Angeles gave him prior to last season, but hopefully Sean McVay can figure out a way to utilize him on offense. Until then, maybe Austin can spend some time over the next few months studying Brown’s game to help him finally start living up to his potential with the Rams’ offense.