PITTSBURGH – (Wire Service Report by The Sports Xchange) – The Pittsburgh Steelers signed wide receiver Antonio Brown to a new five-year deal, the team announced Monday, and multiple media outlets reported it will make Brown the highest paid wide receiver in the league. The Steelers did not release terms of the contract, but multiple media outlets reported that it is technically a four-year extension worth $68 million.
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The average salary of $17 million per year over the four years surpasses the $15 million per year made by Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, who had been the highest paid wide receiver.
The contract takes Brown through the 2021 season.
This past season Brown landed his fifth Pro Bowl selection and first-team All-Pro honors for the third consecutive year.
He finished the season second in the NFL in receptions (106), tied for second in touchdown catches (12) and fifth in receiving yards (1,284).
Brown leads all active NFL players in receptions (632) and receiving yards (8,377). He has five 1,000-receiving-yard seasons and four consecutive 100-reception seasons. He and Marvin Harrison as the only players in NFL history with four straight 100-catch seasons.