Steelers locker room out of tune

Steelers locker room out of tune
February 26, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Ravens fans, sit back and enjoy. There’s yet another report of harmonic divergence in the Steelers locker room last season.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown said his long-term contract — six years, $43 million — signed while fellow wide-out Mike Wallace was holding out last summer, apparently drove a wedge between the two.

“Some bit of awkwardness,” Brown said on a New York radio show. “You know, a guy who has been there longer than I and definitely wanting a deal, but you've got to not dwell on that and that kind of situation prohibits bad blood to a team where guys are there for themselves and not buy into the team aspects and could definitely cause a drama within a team.”

This particular bit of drama apparently is resolving itself, because Wallace is expected to sign a free-agent contract with some other team this off-season.

And Brown also said the Steelers need to take a lesson from their 8-8 season in 2012: They can’t just toss their helmets out on the field and expect to win.

"I think guys were going out there thinking, ‘We are the Steelers and we just going to roll into games,’" Brown said. "But we've got to take poise and leadership and understand the importance of winning games and getting on it and taking it seriously and get on with what we've got to do."