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Steelers Make Antonio Brown Highest Paid Receiver

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Antonio Brown Finally Gets Paid

Wide receiver Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers finally received the contract he deserves.  The Steelers made the extension with Brown official on Monday afternoon. The contract is for five years, in which Brown will make $68 million.  Brown will make $18.5 million over the next three seasons and $17 million over the next four (via ESPN’s Adam Schefter).  This deal makes Antonio Brown the highest paid wide receiver in the league.

Hard Work Pays Off

This contract has been a long time coming for Brown.  This season, Brown was a key factor in Pittsburgh’s deep playoff run.  He accumulated 106 receptions for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns (stats found via  Brown has been a top five receiver statistically over the past few years. This season was Brown’s fourth straight season having over 1,000 yards receiving.  Brown was also in the top five in the categories of receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns in 2016.  This has been the case for Brown in the past three to four seasons with the Steelers.  Brown being healthy in the playoffs helped tremendously for the Steelers.  He was able to accumulate 18 receptions, 309 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns in three postseason games for Pittsburgh.  With all of this being said, a new contract extension needed to happen.

What’s Next

With the signing of Brown and placing the franchise tag on running back, Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers have taken care of arguably their two most important assets for the future.  This will also help to give Ben Roethlisberger a bigger reason to come back for at least one more run at the Super Bowl.  However, there is still work to be done this season.  The Steelers’ focus should now be on the defense.  James Harrison still has some good football left in him so I imagine that he will be taken care of shortly.  Also, the Steelers should look to try to resign linebacker Lawrence Timmons, as he has been a tremendous leader for the defense the past few seasons.  With these deals and some good luck in the upcoming draft, it is safe to say the Steelers will be back for another long playoff run next season.