The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Antonio Brown to a big five-year deal on Monday that will make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
According to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, the deal is reportedly a four-year, $US68 million extension that averages over $US16 million per season, the most in the NFL for a receiver. Brown still has one year remaining on his previous contract.
Brown finished the 2016 season with 106 catches for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s had five straight seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards.
Though Rapoport noted that Brown’s “antics” had reportedly bothered some Steelers teammates, and head coach Mike Tomlin offered a grave warning about Brown’s behaviour during the playoffs, the Steelers apparently put that aside to keep him around. On Monday, the Steelers also placed the franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell.
Brown tweeted a picture after signing the deal:
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