PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has reportedly agreed to a rather impressive deal.
Brown and the Steelers have reached a five-year contract making him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.
#Steelers WR Antonio Brown’s contract details: 4-year extension worth $68M. $17M per year over 4 years and $18.5M over 3 years. 💰💰💰
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 27, 2017
Brown was obviously happy with the agreement, tweeting out “Steelers for life,” after the deal was announced.
— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown) February 27, 2017
Our Steelers Insider and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette had the total value of the contract.
Brown is likely deserving of this distinction after racking up 481 catches for 6,315 yards and 43 touchdowns over the last four years.
He is a five-time pro Bowler and was named first-team Associated Press All-Pro for the third consecutive season.
Brown joins Marvin Harrison as the only players in NFL history with four straight 100-catch seasons.
Bouchette tells the “KDKA Morning News” the Steelers are paying Brown because what they believe he will contribute to the team in the future, not what he has already done for them.
“[The Steelers are] paying for production, you don’t pay for past production, you pay for future production,” says Bouchette. “Over the next several years, [the Steelers] believe he is going to continue to be one of the top producers at wide receiver in the NFL.”
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